Author: Christopher Esker

In the Press: SCD Principals, Andy Barnard and Ernest Joyner, Team up on NACDA Magazine Article

University of Dayton Arena Renovation Concourse

Our Vice President, Andy Barnard, and Principal, Ernest Joyner, recently joined forces to coauthor an article in the September 2017 issue of Athletic Administration. The article named “Branding and Graphics” is focused on branding and graphics with collegiate athletic facilities.

“Sports facilities are places of image, brand, and memory. Team colors, logos, personalities, and traditions are powerful touchstones that connect fans, recruits, and athletes to the athletics experience and to one another.”

Athletics Administration reaches each institution’s athletics department, from the athletics director to the marketing director to the sports information director to the equipment manager to the various head coaches in both the men’s and women’s arena. It focuses on athletics facilities, new ideas in promotions, marketing and development, legal ramifications and other current issues in collegiate athletics administration.

You can view a digital version of the publication at the following link – NACDA Athletic Administration September 2017

Ground Breaking for the Louisville Recreation & Senior Center

On August 18th, the City of Louisville officially broke ground on the Louisville Recreation & Senior Center and Memory Square Pool Expansion project.

The project includes a significant addition and renovation to the current center which includes a new leisure pool, lesson/exercise/lap pool, fitness center with group exercise studios, a turf gym, new preschool and indoor playground, and extensive renovation and addition to the senior center including lounge, meetings rooms, game room, and a new catering kitchen. The Memory Square Pool will also receive a renovated bath house and children’s pool and a new shade structures for additional covered areas.

Currently we are contemplating a Fall 2018 completion date for the Recreation & Senior Center.

It is anticipated that Memory Square Pool improvements will occur between October 2017 and May 2018 with a grand re-opening in May 2018.

To view the SCD project page, click here.

Pepsi Center Project Wins ENR Mountain States 2017 Best Project Award

Sink Combs Dethlefs is honored to announce that the Pepsi Center Club Lexus and Storage Annex project was selected by ENR Mountain States as the best 2017 Sports/Entertainment project in Colorado/Wyoming/Dakotas region.

The project included a 11,000 SF addition of a premium club to the entry level of the arena.  The club is expected to generate $1 million in incremental revenue for both the Nuggets and Avalanche.

Congratulations to Turner Construction and the entire project team for working together on developing a successful project.

For the list of all ENR Mountain States 2017 Best Projects Winners, click here.

To view our the Pepsi Center project page, click here.


In the Press: Jennifer Stephen’s Article in Facility Manager Magazine

If you find yourself flipping through the Facility Manager Magazine July/August 2017 Conference Issue, make sure to stop and read the article on pages 48-49.

Our Director of Marketing and firm principal, Jennifer Stephens, authored an article about the importance of creating a sense of FOMO (aka “Fear of Missing Out”) in modern arenas. View the full magazine in the link below!

Facility Manager July/August 2017 – Page 48

Project Progress Report: Commerce City Recreation Center Beam Raising Ceremony

On Thursday, June 29th members from the Commerce City Council participated in a beam raising ceremony for the new recreation center located at 112th and Potomac. After some words from Mayor Sean Ford and Mark Olesen (Pinkard Construction), members from City Council and Parks and Recreation staff, along with the design & construction teams were encouraged to sign the beam before it was lifted and installed into place. Construction is targeting a Spring 2018 completion. Learn more about the project here:

Press Release: PPL Center Development Named Finalist in 2017 ULI Global Awards for Excellence

The PPL Center

Sink Combs Dethlefs is honored to announce that the Allentown Development was selected as a finalist for the 2017 ULI Global Awards for Excellence, which is known as one of the development industry’s most prestigious award programs. Information about the selection from the ULI website is below.

For the list of all 25 finalists in the Global Awards for Excellence, click here.

For more information about the awards and how the finalists are selected, click here.


Downtown Allentown Revitalization District- 2017 Global Awards for Excellence Finalist

Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Owners/developers: Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority, Hammes Company, City Center Investment Corp. et al.
Designers: Sink Combs Dethlefs Architects, Elkus – Manfredi Architects, et al.
Site Size: 10.3 Acres

Allentown is the third largest city in Pennsylvania. While Pittsburgh and Philadelphia revitalized, Allentown continued to decline – until recently. Today, Allentown is the fastest-growing city in Pennsylvania, thanks in large part to an innovative state law that created the Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ). The anchor of the revitalization is a 5.3-acre block containing PPL Center, a 10,000-seat multipurpose arena, with an integrated mixed-use development including retail, dining, health/wellness, hotel, commercial office, two historic buildings, and structured parking. The Arena Block redevelopment features extensive adaptive reuse and reactivation of the historic Dime Bank Building, which anchors the arena’s main entrance and also serves as the lobby of the Renaissance Allentown Hotel.

Following significant initial public investment in the Arena Block, additional investment by private developers has reversed Allentown’s decline and transformed it into a sought-after destination to live, work and play. Since its completion in 2014 by the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority, the Arena Block redevelopment has been the catalyst for extensive additional private development, led by City Center Investment Corp. City Center’s major mixed-use development, City Center Lehigh Valley, is helping re-position downtown Allentown into a regional center of excellence for business, culture and metropolitan living. City Center includes more than 1 million square feet among three Class A office towers, the Renaissance Allentown Hotel, the STRATA West apartment tower, The Shops at City Center, restaurant space, historic renovations, a co-working space and more than 1,500 parking spaces. City Center’s total investment in downtown Allentown is $400 million, with additional development of office, residential, retail and green space underway.

SCD Community Outreach: Cleworth Architectural Legacy Program 2017

CAL 2017 - Workshop

In early June, SCD completed its 5th consecutive session volunteering for the Cleworth Architectural Legacy program, or the CAL program for short. The Program is organized through the Denver Architectural Foundation and pairs local design firms with schools to teach a 6-week unit on Architecture. This has been our 3rd year working with Jamie Archambault’s 2nd grade class at University Park Elementary and the student projects were focused on why we build communities the way we do. We touched on topics ranging from natural resources, climate, appropriate building materials, and relationships. Students were split into teams of 2-3 to build small models of various buildings needed within a community. We loved working with such bright and enthusiastic young designers!

Click here, to learn more about the CAL program and the Denver Architectural Foundation.

CAL 2017 - Class Photo


The Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center featured in High Point University Magazine

The High Point University Magazine Spring 2017 issue was recently released and it included a featured article about the Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center. High Point’s own president and first lady, Nido and Mariana Qubein,  graciously donated $10 Million towards the project which goes to show the commitment they have to the University.

Sink Combs Dethlefs and CJMW have been working together on the design of the Arena and Conference Center.


“Here at High Point University, we are focused on the art of the possible,” Qubein says. “People have asked how we succeeded in the midst of the greatest recession of our time. We had faith and we had courage, and when you put those two things together, you have faithful courage. With faithful courage, amazing things continue to unfold for the HPU family.”


You can find the article in the Spring 2017 issue at the following link – High Point University Magazine

SCD Project Page Link – Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center

Joe Dyer, AIA, Associate, Reaches Tenure with Sink Combs Dethlefs

Denny Sanford Premier Center

Joe Dyer Headshot

Congratulations to Joe Dyer on his 10-year Anniversary at Sink Combs Dethlefs!

Joe has accumulated a long list of accomplishments since joining the firm in 2007. He was named an associate of the firm in 2015. Thank you for everything that you have done and we hope to keep you for another 10 years! Joe is currently keeping busy with the renovations at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

“Joe Dyer is one of the best construction administration professionals that I have ever worked with. His knowledge of the construction documents, attention to details and tenacity while negotiating fair pricing on change orders is exceptional. His knowledge combined with his congenial personality makes him a very strong team member.”   -Dick Strassburg, Partner, TEGRA Group on Joe Dyer’s performance at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.