Cleveland Browns Training Facility Renovation
In early 2013, the Cleveland Browns retained Westlake Reed Leskosky to program, plan, and design the renovation of the team's training complex in order to support the new ownership's collaborative working model that blends football and business operations. The Browns desired an open and democratic work environment, transparent and filled with daylight, reflective of the new approach. They also desired a modern space, that while respectful of the history and tradition of the Cleveland Browns, forges a progressive identity for the team, via imagery, branding, materiality, contour, and color.
The project involved the complete renovation of the second level of the facility, approximately 37,000 square feet. Aside from maintaining an existing IT room, phone room, and game video editing suite, as well as stair and elevator cores, the entire floor was demolished down to the shell and structural frame. The new work environment houses 160 staff (50 of whom were previously located at Cleveland Brown Stadium), including executives, financial and legal, coaches, player personnel staff and scouts, corporate sales, ticket sales, marketing, content production, creative services, community outreach, and information technology. The new space contains approximately 60 hard-wall offices and 90 workstations, all right-sized for modern efficiency and collaboration. Unique spaces include a new Draft Room, Call Center, and Radio + Video Studio for team content production. The design and construction schedule was very aggressive with two months for design and four months for construction in order to complete the project before the start of the 2013 Training Camp.