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Sports architecture veteran Beichley moving from AECOM to become principal at Populous

Doug Beichley, a veteran of 20 years in sports architecture, has joined Populous as a principal, effective today.

Beichley moves to Populous from AECOM, where he was a principal and a project manager. He started with the company in 1993 when it was known as Ellerbe Becket. Beichley left the firm in 1994 to start DLR Group’s office in Kansas City before rejoining Ellerbe in 1996.

Over the past two decades, Beichley developed expertise in NBA arena design, both new and renovated, and college sports facilities.

He most recently worked on the Texas Tech athletics master plan, North Charleston (S.C.) Coliseum upgrades and the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

In the 1990s, Beichley was part of the original team of architects designing the Moda Center in Portland, formerly the Rose Garden, as well as the Cleveland Clinics Courts, the Cavaliers’ 6-year-old practice facility.

The $25 million facility in suburban Cleveland set a new standard in the NBA for those building types, and the Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves are using it as a benchmark to develop their new practice facilities, Beichley said.

At Populous, Beichley said he expects to help the company continue to expand its NBA and college work, both pursuing projects and designing them.

“It is the best place for me to pursue my career goals,” Beichley said. “It was time for a change.”

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