Trubey looks to the future after the release of HKS

Bryan Trubey (right) stands with a Globe Life Field model at HKS headquarters in Dallas in March 2020 with Mark Williams (left) and John Hutchings. (Don Muret / Staff)

The sports architect says he has “a clear vision of what I want to do”

Sports designer Bryan Trubey has been instrumental in the development of arenas and stadiums for the past 35 years, including four of the five new NFL venues. Trubey is no longer employed by HKS, but he is not yet ready to put his sketchbook away.

The Dallas Morning News first reported the news of Trubey’s departure on Thursday.

It was an impressive race. Trubey, most recently Global Director, Director and Executive Vice President of HKS, spent 29 years with the Dallas-based company and started his sport practice in 1992. The company has become a leader in the development of facilities at the highest level. athletic.

Over the past 15 years, he has helped expand HKS business internationally in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

HKS made a statement to VenuesNow: “Bryan Trubey has left HKS. During his tenure, Bryan helped build a thriving sports and entertainment practice and developed some of the best talent in our industry. We are grateful for his many contributions and wish him good luck.

Trubey, 60, declined to discuss the details of his departure. Mark Williams, a 25-year HKS veteran, will take charge of sports and entertainment, company officials said.

The announcement surprised Trubey’s colleagues in the industry.

“I’m shocked,” said Chris Lamberth, sports and town hall manager at Tvsdesign, who spent three years at HKS working with Trubey. “No one else has (actively) built more NFL stadiums. They are a force. They’ve been doing this for a while now, and why would you want to change that? “

At the same time, all major companies undergo change at some point, Lamberth said. It has happened to sports design firms such as the former HOK Sport, Ellerbe Becket and 360 Architecture, whether through consolidation or retired older architects.

The pandemic threw another wrench into the mix when shutting down sports and entertainment, forcing teams and those operating in the town hall industry to make tough decisions to stem the tide of huge financial losses.

From the tone of his voice and his comments in an interview with VenuesNow, Trubey is not ready to retire and is eager to start a new chapter in his professional career. He didn’t want to say whether he was going to start his own practice or join an established practice. He keeps his options open.

“My best job is in front of me, and I have a clear vision of what I want to do. I’m really starting to warm up, ”said Trubey. “I’ve seen a lot of my peers go through transitions. I have been fortunate to have probably the most stable career in the company outside of a few longtime friends at Populous like Earl Santee and Dennis Wellner.

For Trubey, the sports facility development journey began at the former HOK Sport (now Populous), where he worked alongside Santee and Wellner from 1989 to 1992. At the time, Trubey was working on the stadium. Hong Kong National, which opened in 1994.

That same year, two years after Trubey joined HKS, the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball opened a new stadium in Arlington, designed by the hometown architectural firm.

Miller Park (now American Family Field), home of the Milwaukee Brewers, and American Airlines Center, home to the NBA Dallas Mavericks and NHL Dallas Stars, opened in the early 2000s. HKS projects.

On its own, American Airlines Center, a $ 500 million development, has been among the crown jewels of the big leagues for the past 20 years.

In 2004, a watershed moment for HKS came under Trubey’s leadership.

The Dallas Cowboys chose the company to design a billion dollar state-of-the-art stadium. It contained the NFL’s first center-suspension video board and a wide variety of premium seating products, as well as end area standing platforms for budget-conscious fans.

The building, now AT&T Stadium, has influenced many sports venues since it opened in 2009.

Over the next decade, HKS became the architect of three NFL projects: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, and most recently SoFi Stadium, a massive $ 5 billion development serving Rams and Chargers from Los Angeles to Inglewood.

“Bryan rolled up his sleeves and was hardcore after Cowboys,” Lamberth said. “He wanted to win and is super competitive. Getting the Cowboys was the engine of the momentum that led to everything else. This is what started the roll for HKS and it has continued to move forward.

Years later, SoFi Stadium is the crowning glory for HKS and Trubey. It’s three venues in one, he said, stretching to American Airlines Plaza, a 125,000 square foot outdoor space and 6,000 seat performance hall. The two are seated next to the stadium.

“This building is part of a long line of progressive sites where you often face the same set of issues,” Trubey said. “You can tie a lot of what’s going on at SoFi in general to things that I thought of as a young man working in Hong Kong and at the American Airlines Center, in terms of the bowl setup.”

He said: “There are a lot of ideas like that in terms of transparency and openness and structural expression, which of course you see monumental on SoFi horizontally, but also vertically, like Cowboys and Vikings.”

Trubey sees the development of international sport as a great opportunity in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and China. These are markets he is pursuing as part of his next move. Under his separation agreement, Trubey is free to pursue new projects in which HKS is not involved.

Mixed use related to sports development has been a big trend over the past 20 years, and it’s also something Trubey will focus on after being part of the master plans for SoFi Stadium and Globe Life Field, the Rangers’ $ 1.2 billion stadium which opened in 2020.

SoFi Stadium is the anchor of a 300-acre development run by Rams owner Stan Kroenke.

In addition, Trubey wants to push architects to acquire a greater financial stake in the sports projects on which they have worked beyond the role of project designer. This involves a change in the business model for architects to participate in the long-term value of arenas and stadiums which now typically cost billions of dollars to build.

“Architects, thanks to intellectual property, can find themselves in a position of capital in projects, to bring about real change to the whole industry,” he said. “They should have the same rights as artists, authors and musicians over their work. We are late in this regard, but we are equally influential in our profession. This is what is so crazy about our business. We create these things with enormous value but we hold no interest in them.

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