Donald Dethlefs FAIA has built a reputation as one the of the premier designers of arena and entertainment venues in the nation. Don understands that an economically viable facility must have the capacity to host athletic events, yet also requires the flexibility to accommodate a variety of other functions throughout the year. He is intimately familiar with the needs of the spectators and facility users and works to ensure that each venue accommodates each diverse group of patrons. Don’s specialized understanding of this project type and the impact these buildings and the surrounding developments can have on a community’s quality-of-life has led to designs that are widely recognized for their positive influence, including the Allentown PPL Center and Arena Block which won a ULI Global Award for Excellence. He has been personally involved in nearly every one of the firm’s 60+ arena projects.
Sports, Recreation, and Entertainment Practice Leader
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