CBRE BluePrint Features Bob Fatovic – No Stadium is an Island
CannonDesign’s Bob Fatovic recently contributed to a story for CBRE Blueprint, “No Stadium is an Island: The Integrated Future of Arena Design,” that looks at the impact of sports stadium design and emerging trends. CBRE Blueprint is a publication focused on highlighting ideas that transcend real estate and showcase the built environments’ potential and power to impact businesses, cities and people.
Essentially, the story looks at the real value of sports facilities in regard to urban development and economic impact. While long billed as keys to strengthening cities, sports stadiums don’t always live up to that billing. Fortunately, our firm’s work with stadiums like TD Place at Lansdowne Park, Hamilton Soccer Stadium and the Richmond Olympic Oval, to name a few – are helping sports facilities better deliver on this promise.
On stadiums as anchor developments
In a sense, developers have been going at things backwards, suggests Robert Fatovic, a sports architect with CannonDesign. “Stadium builders have counted on new facilities to draw visitors in, when, in fact, they might prove effective as anchors supporting the development of retail, office space and housing for new populations of permanent residents.
On creating community
He highlights as a recent example of this approach CannonDesign’s revitalization plan for Ottawa’s Lansdowne Park and TD Place Stadium. Completed in 2013, the stadium fit within a larger redevelopment effort that included the construction of new housing and retail, and replaced the arena’s former parking lots with new parkland. The result is a vibrant community with the stadium not set apart but rather flowing into the surrounding green space and neighborhood.”I think that is the way of the future,” adds Fatovic.