Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns are moving ahead with renovations to their training and administration complex in Berea and expect to complete them in time for training camp.
The team has hired local architecture, engineering and technology design firm Westlake Reed Leskosky, who served as architect, engineer, and technology designer for the Pro Football Hall of Fame expansion, to design the changes which are expected to be completed in July.
Last month CEO Joe Banner said that it was his goal to get as many members of the organization back under one roof as possible. Non-football staff were relocated from the Berea facility to the stadium in 2009 following the last renovation to the building.
“Our goal is to create a vibrant, high energy space that maximizes the ability of every one of our employees to perform at the highest level,” Banner said in a statement. “We want to establish an environment that supports the excellence of the people in our organization and our business partners. We look forward to working with Westlake Reed Leskosky during the course of this project.”
In 2009, Mangini had the majority of the first floor redone including the cafeteria, meeting rooms, hallways, locker room, weight room and lobby.
The current project will focus on a complete gut and remodel of the second floor to accommodate staffers who will return from downtown and provide them a state of the art work environment.
The firm will provide architectural design, interior design, mechanical engineering, plumbing engineering, electrical engineering, structural engineering, lighting design, audio-visual design, information technology design, security design and graphics design for the multi-million dollar project.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our firm to team with the Cleveland Browns to radically rethink their office environment,” Paul Westlake Jr., FAIA, Managing Principal of Westlake Reed Leskosky said in a statement. “The renovations will be designed to score big in terms of interaction and the dynamic vitality that inspires people to perform at their best.”
Preparations are already underway to temporarily relocate current employees within the facility to allow the 4-month project to fully get underway in early March.
The Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex, which originally opened in August 1991, was previously renovated in 1999 upon the team’s return to the NFL. The 13 acre facility also includes a field house and 4 regulation-size natural grass practice fields.