Gensler announces the addition of two specialists to serve sports and science and technology clients. Industry-recognized leaders Ron Turner and Victor DeSantis have joined the firm, lending expertise to Gensler’s extensive design services.
“Our clients are reevaluating their businesses with an eye to new opportunities,” Chairman Art Gensler said. “We see lots of possibility for companies willing to look beyond the immediate; and we’ve enhanced our capabilities accordingly.”
A veteran stadium designer and preeminent leader in the creation of sports entertainment districts around the world, Turner and his team augment Gensler’s Mixed Use, Entertainment and Retail practices. With more than 30 years design experience, he is considered a pioneer of sports entertainment districts, which integrate stadia with restaurants, bars and shopping to create signature event experiences and neighborhood environments.
“Coupled with Gensler’s experience planning and designing mixed-use entertainment districts, Ron’s arena and stadium background creates a powerful new force in the sports design industry,” said Gensler Executive Director Andy Cohen.
Turner’s career includes the launch of sports design practices at Ellerbe Becket, NBBJ and RTKL. He has earned recognition for the design of such projects as Staples Center in Los Angeles; Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati; Miller Park in Milwaukee; Al Maguire Center at Marquette University; Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland; US Airways Arena in Phoenix; and Olympic Stadium (now Turner Field) in Atlanta.
Another new member of Gensler, DeSantis is a veteran laboratory planner, programmer and designer. In his more than 22 years of designing and managing sophisticated science and technology projects, he has worked on projects for pharmaceutical, bio-pharmaceutical and university-based research clients in the United States and Asia.
“Victor’s experience and reputation in the science and technology community will help Gensler stand apart from the field when pursuing these projects,” said Director Andy Cohen.
Considered by many to be a pioneer in the field of next-generation facilities, DeSantis’ career highlights include work with CUH2A, HOK, Perkins + Will and Richard Meier + Partners, where he advanced the capabilities of The Getty Center’s art conservation laboratories in Los Angeles. Among his other accomplishments is the BSL-3 Avian Flu lab now nearing completion at UCLA, the first of its kind on the West Coast and representing a new design direction for high-containment facilities.
Christopher Keough (Gensler—Los Angeles)
Barbara McCarthy (Gensler Firmwide Communications)
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