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Chris Dunlavey, FAIA

President

As president of B&D, Mr. Dunlavey has co-directed the development of the firm's practice since its founding in 1993.  An architect with an advanced degree in real estate development and finance, he reflects a professional background in a variety of capacities within the building industry, ranging from project feasibility and planning to architectural design and program management.  Before founding B&D, he was a project manager with MPC Associates, prior to which he practiced architecture with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York.

Today, Mr. Dunlavey specializes in managing the development of anchors of community such as PK-12 schools, major sports venues, and higher education “quality of life” projects including recreation and athletic facilities, campus unions, and student or faculty and staff housing. He has lectured and written extensively on the feasibility analysis, financing, programming, design, and construction of such projects.  His work has led to recognition for B&D with numerous industry awards, including the 2015 DC Building Industry Association (DCBIA) Community Partnership Award for the firm’s leadership in the civic collaboration to bid on the 2024 Olympics on behalf of the greater Washington, DC region and the City of Washington, DC.

A member of the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, in 2005 Mr. Dunlavey was named by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal as one of the "Forty under 40" comprising the most innovative and influential executives in the sports business industry.  He was also honored with a 2008 DCBIA Achievement Award for work on Major League Baseball's Nationals Park, and he is the recipient of a United States Olympic Committee commendation for his pro bono services, planning, and leadership in pursuit of a return of the Olympic Games to a U.S. city.

 

Education 

M.B.A. Real Estate Development (The George Washington University)

B.A. Architecture (Columbia College of Columbia University)

CERTIFICATIONS / associationS 

Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal Forty Under 40 Award, 2005

Fellow of the American Institute of Architects

Registered Architect, District of Columbia

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional

Urban Land Institute

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONs 

2016
The Gold Standard in Program Management: Part 2Download
2016
The Gold Standard in Program Management: Part 1Download
2015
State of Higher Education in the U.S. – De-traditionalizing a Traditional Mainstay
2012
Made in DetroitDownload
2012
Rebuilding the Urban School District: Using Program Management to Achieve SuccessDownload
2011
You're on Deck: Mastering the Ballpark Development Process
2011
Advancing the Mission and the Bottom Line: Faculty, Staff and Graduate Student HousingDownload
2011
Public Schools: Reclaiming Innovation Through Adaptive ReuseDownload
2010
Enhancing the Image of Institutions: How Will It Drive Long-term Facility Management?Download
2009
Waking the Sleeping Giant: Modernizing DC Public School FacilitiesDownload
2003
Lessons Learned from the U.S. Stadium Boom of the '90sDownload
2003
If You Build It . . . Determining What "It" IsDownload
2002
Avoiding ObsolescenceDownload
2002
Securing Funding for Your ProjectDownload
2001
Process Management: Effective Oversight of Design and Construction ProjectsDownload
2001
The Shape of Things to ComeDownload
2001
Downtown Sports & Assembly: Myths & RealitiesDownload
2001
Critiquing the DealDownload
1992
Prescription for Health Care Costs: Wellness Programs on CampusDownload

In the News 

PRESS RELEASE: Events DC Reveals RFK Stadium-Armory Campus Masterplan ConceptsEvents DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced on Monday evening, the details of two conceptual plans for the 190-acre RFK Stadium-Armory Campus site, with design concepts by OMA New York, led by partner Jason Long, in partnership with DC-based program management team, Brailsford & Dunlavey.

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Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education Asks Students to Fill Out Survey on Improvements to Recreational Facilities. . . The survey's results will be used as part of a larger effort to address the Columbia community's campus recreation, physical education, and intercollegiate athletic needs.

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B&D President Chris Dunlavey Named to Prestigious American Institute of Architects College of FellowsThe 2016 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elevated Brailsford & Dunlavey president Chris Dunlavey, FAIA, to its prestigious College of Fellows.

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Amarillo's Development Partner No Stranger to StadiumsThe company with the contract to research the possibility of drawing a AA baseball team to a new stadium downtown is no stranger to looking at the merits of large community venues.

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Redskins Advance Plans to Relocate, Hire Google’s Architect for New Stadium...The selection of Bjarke Ingels represented “a very interesting and different kind of choice” because of the firm’s splashy work on an assortment of other projects and recent foray into sports said Christopher S. Dunlavey, president of the D.C.based planning and architectural firm Brailsford & Dunlavey.

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MLB Enthusiasts Make Another PitchThere’s a buzz throughout major-league baseball about Montreal regaining the franchise it lost when the Expos moved to Washington in 2005.

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Brailsford & Dunlavey Unit to Target SportsBrailsford & Dunlavey, a firm tied to sports facility development, has formed B&D Venues as a separate division to focus on sports projects.  The Washington firm conducts feasibility studies and market research for several building types,  ncluding stadiums and arenas, as well as serving in the role of owner’s representative for the stakeholders financing the deals.

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Absolutely TerrificBrailsford & Dunlavey CEO Paul Brailsford (his firm has worked for over 18 years with 200 colleges) recommends exploring markets with high barriers to entry—or risk oversupply—and says to remember that each school has different policies and off-campus markets.

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Learning Curve: Putting Healthy School Principles Into PracticeThe H-shape design planned for New York City’s new Public School 109, as described by The New York Times, allowed for large courtyards shielded from neighbors’ noise for play and recreation, windows that open onto the courtyards to provide light and air, and thoroughly ventilated wardrobes to dry clothing and maintain circulation. That was a few years ago—in 1901, to be exact.

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Faces & PlacesFrom the IMG Intercollegiate Athletic Forum presented by SBJ/SBD.

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Charlotte Ballpark Would Be Tight, But Some Say Cozy Sites WorkA plan for a new $35 million ballpark for the Charlotte Knights calls for the team and their fans to squeeze into one of the smallest sites in Triple-A baseball.

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Knights May Move Uptown, Size DownA plan for a new $35 million ballpark for the Charlotte Knights calls for the team and their fans to squeeze into one of the smallest sites in Triple-A baseball.

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A's Move to Suburbs Would Go Against the GrainThe Oakland A's plan for a new ballpark in Fremont, Calif., expected to be announced officially this week, marks a shift to the Bay Area suburbs that strikes against the decidedly urban ballpark development wave of the past 15 years.

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Will Bigger Be Better for Cowboys Stadium?For the Dallas Cowboys, size matters.

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Faces & Places: 40 Under 40 AwardsStreet & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal held its fifth annual Forty Under 40 black tie gala last week at the Waldorf-Astoria, capping off a busy week that included the fourth annual Octagon / Street & Smith's World Congress of Sports.

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Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal 40 Under 40 Awards

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Blast out of Left Field Keeps Expos in LimboPlanning, designing and building a sports and entertainment facility is like doing a jigsaw puzzle.

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Sounds Make Pitch for New StadiumThe Nashville Sounds have gone from words to action, presenting a proposal to Metro to build a $37 million mixed-use ballpark on the Thermal Transfer Plant site.

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Coyotes Setting Record Pace With Arena ConstructionThe Phoenix Coyotes' $180 million, 17,500-seat arena in Glendale is being built at a record pace for a venue that size--just 18 months of construction from groundbreaking to its scheduled December completion.

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Baseball’s BountyJohn Acree might well be the very fan sports team magnates and Washington area planners dream about when they envision what a Major League Baseball team might mean to the region in cold hard cash, someone who pumps more than a little money into the local economy when he's out on the town to enjoy a ball game.

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Public Gets Voice on Stadium QuestThe District's pursuit of a major league baseball franchise and new stadium took an important turn last night at Howard University Hospital: the involvement of the general public.

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Finalists in the BallparkThe Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority last night narrowed its list to four finalists, including renowned sports architectural firm HOK of Kansas City, Mo., for the design of a new ballpark in Northern Virginia.

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Suite DreamsArco Arena is economically obsolete or will be soon.

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Diamonds in the RoughMinor league baseball is afraid of becoming a victim of its own success.

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Stadium Construction Binge Not Confined to CincinnatiCincinnati is far from being the only city on a stadium-building binge.

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Time for City, Chargers to Talk StadiumThe possibility of the Chargers picking up and moving to Los Angeles or somewhere else remains just that — a possibility.

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Hornets List Top Concerns: Red Ink and Naming RightsThe Charlotte Hornets have given the city of Norfolk and Hampton Roads Partnership a list of issues they say must be addressed before the NBA team would move to Hampton Roads.

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City Questions Coliseum’s FinancesThe Coliseum's bookings and revenues have declined in the past three years, but the annual cost to run the facility has stayed roughly the same.

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D.C. Consultant Launches Last-Second Shot for HornetsNorfolk city officials are enlisting the help of Washington consulting firm Brailsford & Dunlavey to help lure the Charlotte Hornets, whose owner, George Shinn, is looking to move his team.

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Benefit Concert Latest Feather in Cap for RFK StadiumBobby Goldwater, president of the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission, has led the fight to keep the lights on at RFK.

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Forget Office Space; This Firm Plays in a Different ArenaWashington-based Brailsford & Dunlavey has done facilities planning and project management for large construction jobs across the country.

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Auburn Athletics Committee OKs Stadium ExpansionThe Auburn University Board of Trustees Athletic Committee cleared the way for another expansion to Jordan-Hare Stadium at its Oct. 4 meeting.

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Stepping Up to the PlateLast January, during his second scouting visit to Hampton Roads, Major League Baseball consultant Corey Busch gave area officials a homework assignment: If the region was serious about landing a team, do a study.

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A Change in PlansThe city of Portland has revised its plans to build a new arena to replace the Cumberland County Civic Center.

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Portand, ME, Playing With First Sports FacilityPortland is trying to piece together what could become Maine's first sports finance deal as it contemplates a mix of tax-exempt debt and charitable donations to fund a replacement for the Cumberland County Civic Center.

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Redskins Go to MarketThe record-setting $ 800 million sale price of the Washington Redskins likely will prompt the team's new owner, Bethesda businessman Daniel M. Snyder, to market the franchise much more aggressively than the low-key style of the late Jack Kent Cooke and his son, John, according to sports industry experts.

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City Gets Expert Blessing, Prepares to Back Bayside ArenaCity officials appear ready to publicly advocate for a new arena in Portland's Bayside neighborhood, now that an outside consultant has concluded the project makes good financial sense.

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Consultant Says New Arena Is “Feasible”A 10,000-seat arena would not prove too disruptive to a neighborhood dominated by social service agencies, a consultant said.

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Portland May Lack Basics for Big ArenaGreater Portland may not have enough people or money to support a new, 10,000-seat sports arena.

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Stadium Plan Full of DetailThey know what the pitcher's mound will be made of, they just don't know who will build it.

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Redskins Draw Suitors From Near and FarWith only two weeks remaining until first-round bids are due for the sale of the Washington Redskins, as many as 10 bidders could vie for one of the most prestigious sports franchises in America.

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Big Men on Campus Win Over New FansMany colleges and universities around the country know whom to call when they want to build a recreation center or other sports facility on campus.

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D.C. Firm Presents a Plan for KeaneyUniversity of Rhode Island President Robert L. Carothers got his first good look yesterday at a proposal to replace Keaney Gym and build an ice- skating facility and a golf course on the URI campus.

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Report: Arena Would Yield SurplusA $143 million, 20,000-seat arena in downtown Norfolk for a proposed National Hockey League team would generate an annual profit of $777,000, according to a report presented Wednesday to the region's city managers.

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Rhinos 101After months of planning and negotiation, Hampton Roads' bid for an NHL team will kick into high gear Tuesday when prospective owner George Shinn and area officials travel to New York City to make a presentation to the NHL's owners and commissioner.

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Shinn Joins Arena Talks; Helps Close Fiscal GapProgress was made Wednesday in the first negotiating session over a proposed 20,000-seat arena attended by George Shinn, sources close to the negotiations say.

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Luxury Boxes Could Win NHL DealDoes Hampton Roads have what it takes to support luxury boxes — at least 50 suites at $80,000 to $120,000 each a year — in a new arena?

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Group Sends Shinn Arena PlanThe puck has been passed back to George Shinn.

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Early Projection Cuts Arena CostsAn 18,000-seat arena for a National Hockey League team would cost the region about $3 million per year over 20 years, about half the amount anticipated by political leaders a month ago, according to a preliminary estimate from an accounting firm hired by the Hampton Roads Partnership.

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Area Leaders Agree to Hire Consultant to Study ArenaArea political leaders have embraced a compromise proposed by Virginia Beach on hiring a consultant to study a 20,000-seat sports arena.

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Anaheim’s Taxing Issue: How to Keep the AngelsThe city's promise to spend no tax money in its quest to keep the California Angels could cost it the team, according to sports analysts and baseball officials.

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