CEL team brings its A-Game to consulting project

When Populous, one of the premier sports architecture firms in the world, asked students from Olin Business School’s Center for Experiential Learning (CEL), to help them with a cutting edge research project, we knew we would have to bring our A-Game.

Left to Right: Ramin Lalezari, MBA ’18; Paul Girodano, MBA/M.Arch ’17; Hien La, MBA ’18; Surgene Troost, MBA/M.Arch ’18; Chris Pavlow MBA ’17; and Patrick Rishe (Faculty Advisor)

Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Populous has designed close to 2,500 projects over three decades, including high profile stadiums and arenas such as the new Yankee Stadium, London 2012 Olympic Stadium, McLane Stadium at Baylor University and Kyle Field redevelopment at Texas A&M University. This spring, our CEL team is tasked with performing a competitive industry analysis for a new potential design market.

KCPutting our market research into perspective, Populous Senior Principal John Shreve and Associate Meg Rapp organized a series of field trips for our team to visit several of their successful projects in the Kansas City region.

After a team update and lunch at Populous’ office, we departed to the Kansas City Chief’s Training Facility.

IMG_5643Here at the Chief’s Training Facility, we learned all about the various sports and training elements that go into preparing NFL players for a successful season.


The following afternoon, our team got the chance to see one of Populous’ more recent projects, Children’s Mercy Park. Home to Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City, Children’s Mercy establishes a new benchmark for mid-sized stadiums in the United States, if not the world. Incorporating the latest in sports technology and pushing the envelope in fan connectivity, the stadium was quite a sight to see!

Guest blogger: Paul Girodano, MBA ’17 

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