Architecture giant HOK has re-entered the world market for sport and entertainment precinct design, gobbling up one of the world’s leading designers of stadiums, designs, ballparks, arenas, recreation and wellness centres and mixed use entertainment districts.

In a recent announcement, the US-based architecture firm said it had acquired the 180-person Kansas City based 360 Architecture under terms which were not disclosed.

In a statement, HOK Chairman and CEO Patrick Macleamy said the move represented a re-entry into the sports market as well as giving the firm much greater presence within the Kansas City market.

HOK, which is ranked as the eighth largest architecture firm in the world by Arch Daily, has not had a presence in sports and entertainment complexes since it hived off a practice which specialised in this area in 2008.

“As a global design leader, it’s important for HOK to offer clients design excellence in sports architecture,” Macleamy said, adding that the two companies shared a mutually compatible design focused culture.

“Together, we will design the next generation of sports and entertainment facilities while serving all types of clients as one of Kansas City’s largest design firms.”

With a primary focus on sports and education, 360 Architecture works alongside leading sports franchises and civic organisations across North America.

It is currently on design teams for a retractable-roof, multipurpose stadium in Atlanta, which will be home to the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons and a Major League Soccer expansion team.

The firm is also involved in a number of renovation jobs, including the renovation of Sun Life Stadium for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins; the Rogers Place arena for the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers in Alberta, Canada; and the AT&T Center renovation for the National Basketball Association’s San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio.

In education, meanwhile, 360 designed recreation and wellness centres at Auburn University’s main campus in Auburn and at its campus in Montgomery, Alabama, and is involved in the design of Notre Dame University’s Campus Crossroads project in South Bend, Indiana and the Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center at the University of Portland. 

Expected to be complete by October, the latest takeover follows HOK’s acquisition of the New York and Shanghai offices of hospitality design outfit BBG-BBGM last December, whose hospitality repertoire included Suite 5000 at the Mandarin Oriental in New York; the Atlantis Sanya, the MGM Grand Sanya and the St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort & Spa in Hainan, China.