B&D professionals stay current with all the trends and requirements of today’s facilities and those that will serve our future generations.

As part of our practice, B&D professionals produce and publish white papers, speak at industry conferences, and continually perform in-house research.   Our Research & Methods team continually acquires and disseminates the most current and usable data on the facility types in which we specialize, which helps our clients achieve their project goals and enhances our methodologies.


June 1, 2012
Premium Seating: It’s More Than What Meets the Eye 

January 1, 2011
Owner’s Perspective: Two Questions Every Owner Must Answer for Their LEED Project; Owner's Representative’s Perspective: What LEED Credits Are Right for You? 

August 1, 2001
A Modest Proposal 


August 1, 2015
Capital Improvements: Practical Solutions for Aging Venues / Planning for Future Needs 

Paneled by Ryan Conway, Bryan Slater, Tom Proebstle, Tom Paci, and Phil Laws at the 2015 VenueConnect Annual Conference & Trade Show.

July 28, 2013
Crowded Markets for Public Venues 

Presented by Jason Thompson and Al Malino at the 2013 International Association of Venue Managers Conference.

November 3, 2008
Best-Laid Plans for the Worst-Case Scenario: Essential Components of an All-Hazards Plan for Your Auxiliary Facilities 

Presented by Kevin Keegan, Loren Rullman, and Deborah Schmidt-Rogers at the 2008 NACAS Conference.

May 21, 2007
Professional Sports Teams Make It Feasible 

Presented by Jason Thompson at the 2007 IEDC "If You Build It, Will They Come?" Conference.

April 3, 2007
Avoiding the School of Hard Knocks: Acquiring the Essential Skills You'll Need to Become a Successful Chief Student Affairs Officer 

Presented by Kevin Keegan, Jim Doyle, and Evelyn McDonald at the 2007 ACPA/NASPA Conference.

November 1, 2002
Show Me the Money! 

Presented by Jason Thompson at the 2002 IEDC "If You Build It, Will They Come?" Conference.

January 24, 2002
Avoiding Obsolescence 

Presented by Chris Dunlavey at the 2002 IEDC "If You Build It, Will They Come?" Conference.

July 1, 2001
The Shape of Things to Come 

Presented by Chris Dunlavey at the 2001 ALSD Facility Revenues Forum.

June 26, 2001
Downtown Sports & Assembly: Myths & Realities 

Presented by Chris Dunlavey at the 2001 IEDC Downtown Development Conference.


April 6, 2016
PRESS RELEASE: Events DC Reveals RFK Stadium-Armory Campus Masterplan Concepts 

Events 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.Download

October 13, 2015
Port Huron Council Hears Public's Side Over McMorran Pavilion Purchase Offers 

. . . The capital investment numbers Hills referenced came from the presentation the council received from firm Brailsford and Dunlavey . . .Download

October 9, 2015
Centro San Antonio Ready to Take a Swing at New Downtown Stadium 

. . . Centro has reached out to national stadium consultant Brailsford & Dunlavey to provide expertise on where such a ballpark should be developed, how it could be funded and what San Antonio can expect with regard to economic impact opportunities. . . .Download

August 7, 2014
Cal Poly Releases Study Looking at Construction of On-Campus Facilities, Hotel Among Them 

A study exploring the possibility of building an event and hotel conference center on Cal Poly’s campus was released by university administrators on Wednesday.Download

January 30, 2013
Arena Study Unveiled 

After nearly five years of discussions, fundraising and bid evaluation, the city of Jackson finally has the results of a feasibility study for a new downtown arena.Download

June 25, 2012
Brailsford & Dunlavey Unit to Target Sports 

Brailsford & 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.Download

August 9, 2010
Report on Civic Center Is Due Soon 

A task force studying possibilities for renovating the Cumberland County Civic Center is expected to get a report in the next few weeks that will help the group prepare a road map for the arena's future.Download

March 1, 2010
Building the Brand 

To accommodate a record surge in student enrollment and its own ambitious growth plans, historic Young Harris College in mountainous northeast Georgia is aggressively building new facilities.Download

December 11, 2009
Firm Hired to Study Civic Center Options 

A consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., has been hired to do an economic feasibility study that will examine renovation options for the Cumberland County Civic Center.  Brailsford and Dunlavey was selected from three finalists by members of the Civic Center Joint Task Force.Download

July 1, 2009
A Premier Venue 

Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, N.J., is underway on the 94,000-square-foot renovation and addition of the Collins Arena and Recreation Education Center.  This project will create one of the region's premier sports and entertainment venues.Download

February 12, 2009
Hockey Arena Dreams Need Cold Cash 

Making a hockey arena work downtown or on Montgomery County's southern border at the proposed Austin Landing will require some key pieces, according to experts and local officials.Download

December 15, 2008
Faces & Places 

From the IMG Intercollegiate Athletic Forum presented by SBJ/SBD.Download

July 30, 2008
New Convocation Center Planned at Virginia State 

Virginia State University plans to build a $70 million, 7,500-seat on-campus convocation center that it hopes will expand its money-making potential and change the landscape of its athletics program.Download

February 22, 2008
UVM Report Calls for New Arena, Fitness Space 

Any doubt that the University of Vermont's sports and recreation facilities are woefully inadequate has likely been dispelled by a new report from a study group that is recommending a major overhaul and a "multipurpose event center."Download

September 18, 2007
Muckleshoot Tribe Offers to Donate 26 Acres for New Arena 

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe said Monday it is willing to donate land next to the Emerald Downs horse racing track in Auburn to build an arena for the Sonics and Storm.Download

September 17, 2007
Puget Proposal: Indian Tribe Offers Site for SuperSonics' New Arena 

The Muckleshoot Indian tribe is making a move to help keep the Seattle SuperSonics and Seattle Storm in the Puget Sound region.Download

September 17, 2007
Muckleshoots Offer Free Land to NBA Arena Project 

The Muckleshoot Tribe announced its willingness Monday to donate a 26.5-acre parcel of land to any group that wants to build an NBA arena in Auburn.Download

September 6, 2007
Sonics Owner Tours Racetrack 

Sonics and Storm owner Clay Bennett visited Emerald Downs horse-racing track Wednesday to weigh a budding proposal by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe to build a new basketball arena near the track.Download

August 31, 2007
Some Fear Longer Bench May Splinter AEG Effort 

Some Kansas City officials are wondering how Anschutz Entertainment Group will juggle playing time for two promising arena prospects.Download

August 10, 2007
KC’s Race for Arena Tenant Probably Won't Be a Sprint 

Sprint Center manager Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc. may need the entire three years it was given to attract a major-league tenant to Kansas City, a sports business expert said.Download

August 4, 2007
Sonics Arena Is Feasible in Auburn, Tribe Consultant Says 

A consultant for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe says a new Sonics arena in Auburn would be close enough to the team's fan base to be feasible.Download

August 4, 2007
Prentice Says Arena Talk Is on 

Gov. Chris Gregoire plans to reach out to Seattle SuperSonics chairman Clay Bennett to discuss plans for a new arena in the Seattle area, according to a state senator.Download

August 1, 2007
The Winning Edge 

The University of Virginia's commitment to the development and training of student-athletes is evident.Download

July 17, 2007
IUP Modifies Complex Designs to Add Hotel 

Indiana University of Pennsylvania officials added a hotel to the plan to build the 150,000-square-foot Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.Download

June 28, 2007
Sonics Silent on Arena Study 

The Muckleshoot Tribe has hired a Washington, D.C., firm to do a feasibility study on the potential of building a professional basketball arena on its Auburn property, but the move was met with public silence Wednesday from Sonics ownership.Download

June 27, 2007
Muckleshoot Tribe Hires Firm to See If New Arena Could Be Home to Sonics 

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has hired a firm to study whether a new arena west of its Emerald Downs Racetrack could support the Sonics.Download

April 3, 2007
Muckleshoots Forge Ahead With Arena Plans 

While it's uncertain how big a player the Muckleshoot Tribe might be in the future of the Sonics, the tribe moved forward Friday with release of promising reports from a feasibility study under way concerning the prospects of putting an NBA arena on its Auburn property.Download

December 1, 2006
Award of Merit - Higher Education — Haverford College: Douglas Gardner Integrated Athletic Center; University of Baltimore: Student Services Center 

September 13, 2006
Events Center Could Be Lucrative for Kent 

A proposed Kent Events Center would generate about $11 million a year in gross revenue, with roughly a quarter of that going to pay off the city's debt to build the facility, according to a feasibility study.Download

August 31, 2006
Perez Enters NHL Scene 

Mayor Eddie A. Perez's decision Wednesday to investigate the city's prospects for building a new NHL-ready arena is another step in what many see as long-shot attempt to bring major league hockey back to Hartford.Download

August 30, 2003
Blueprint for Success? 

City officials are trying to restore some luster to the downtown civic arena with a $7.1 million upgrade, which will include gradually replacing the original brown seat covers with a five-color material that will appear dark blue from a distance.Download

April 28, 2003
Coyotes Setting Record Pace With Arena Construction 

The 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.Download

April 19, 2002
Suite Dreams 

Arco Arena is economically obsolete or will be soon.Download

March 15, 2002
Stadium Construction Binge Not Confined to Cincinnati 

Cincinnati is far from being the only city on a stadium-building binge.Download

January 3, 2002
Hornets List Top Concerns: Red Ink and Naming Rights 

The 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.Download

December 28, 2001
Luxury Boxes Critical in Luring Major Teams 

Welcome to the world of luxury boxes--the corporate playgrounds that are key pieces of any professional sports puzzle put together these days.Download

December 8, 2001
City Questions Coliseum’s Finances 

The 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.Download

November 29, 2001
Proposed Arena Faces Uncertainty 

The future of a proposed Conway civic center that would provide Coastal Carolina University's basketball teams with a larger, lusher stage is looking bleak.Download

November 9, 2001
Norfolk Retains Help for Arena 

The Washington, D.C., firm of Brailsford and Dunlavey is assembling a detailed report on the revenues and costs associated with a new arena.Download

November 9, 2001
D.C. Consultant Launches Last-Second Shot for Hornets 

Norfolk 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.Download

October 30, 2001
Economist Sees Region As a Hot Bet to Get a Team 

Mindful of the region's alleged shallow corporate depth, the Hampton Roads Partnership hired Brailsford & Dunlavey, a Washington consulting firm, to ask corporate heads if they would support major sports.Download

October 12, 2001
Forget Office Space; This Firm Plays in a Different Arena 

Washington-based Brailsford & Dunlavey has done facilities planning and project management for large construction jobs across the country.Download

August 31, 2001
Conway Center Plan Gets Boost 

A civic center in Conway is more than possible, according to a five-month, $80,000 study released Thursday.Download

June 16, 2001
Lawmakers Told of Area’s Boom 

On the same day state legislators heard a pitch for an arena at Northern Kentucky University and the Newport Aquarium announced robust attendance figures, visiting legislators also heard about the area's growth.Download

June 15, 2001
Study Gives Go-ahead to $42.9M NKU Center 

A comprehensive feasibility study suggests moving forward with plans to construct a $42.9 million special events center on Northern Kentucky University's campus.Download

April 1, 2001
Put Your Name Here 

The city of Everett might raise some funds by naming the new arena after a business.Download

April 1, 2001
Special Events Center 

With this month's establishment of a public facilities district for the arena, the City of Everett has taken a visible step toward the arena's construction and securing a minor-league hockey team.Download

November 24, 2000
Everett May Develop Multipurpose Arena 

The city of Everett is considering whether to develop a multipurpose arena for sporting events, trade shows, conferences and concerts on the southeastern edge of the downtown business district.Download

September 13, 1999
A Change in Plans 

The city of Portland has revised its plans to build a new arena to replace the Cumberland County Civic Center.Download

September 2, 1999
Chronology of Arena Proposal 

Here is a look at how the issue of a new arena in downtown Portland unfolded.Download

August 13, 1999
Portand, ME, Playing With First Sports Facility 

Portland 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.Download

July 19, 1999
Is Hampton Roads Ready for the Big Leagues? 

The Hampton Roads Partnership, which pulls together leaders from a variety of fields, has hired a consultant to study whether the region could economically support a major league franchise.Download

June 24, 1999
Group’s Task: Find Funding for New Arena 

The biggest question about the proposed arena in Portland could be answered soon.Download

June 10, 1999
Recreational Programs and Facilities Under Review 

George Mason has retained consultants to create a 10-year master plan for athletic and recreational programs and facilities on the Fairfax Campus.Download

April 8, 1999
Consultant Urges Mini-Arena for NKU 

Northern Kentucky University could soon boast its own 6,000- to 7,500-seat arena — if a consultant's suggestion comes to fruition.Download

March 25, 1999
City Gets Expert Blessing, Prepares to Back Bayside Arena 

City 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.Download

March 24, 1999
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.Download

March 10, 1999
New or Old, Civic Center Needs Funding 

City Manager Robert B. Ganley on Tuesday downplayed a report that concluded Portland may not be big enough to support a 10,000-seat arena.Download

March 9, 1999
Portland May Lack Basics for Big Arena 

Greater Portland may not have enough people or money to support a new, 10,000-seat sports arena.Download

February 5, 1999
Owner Denies Sports-Arena Site Is for Sale 

The owner of a Portland parking lot that has been chosen as a possible site for a new sports arena said emphatically Thursday that the land is not for sale.Download

December 27, 1998
Progress Made on Plans for URI Arena 

Plans for a new arena at the University of Rhode Island, which have been quietly moving forward over the past several months, are now being unveiled by school officials.Download

December 23, 1998
City Chooses Firm to Study Arena Issues 

A Washington, D.C., firm that has planned and designed some of the country's largest and most sophisticated arenas will look at the feasibility and effect of building a new sports complex in Portland.Download

December 22, 1998
Sports Center Plans Beginning to Make Headway at URI 

University of Rhode Island basketball fans are about to receive the holiday present they have been seeking for years - a new, on-campus building for their team.Download

March 19, 1998
Norfolk Doesn’t Want Hampton in ECHL 

The City of Norfolk has waved a $100,000 carrot under the noses of Hampton Roads Admirals owners Mark Garcea and Page Johnson, hoping it will prevent them from moving their East Coast Hockey League team to Hampton in 1999.Download

September 11, 1997
D.C. Firm Presents a Plan for Keaney 

University 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.Download

January 16, 1997
Report: Arena Would Yield Surplus 

A $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.Download

January 13, 1997
Rhinos 101 

After 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.Download

December 19, 1996
Shinn Joins Arena Talks; Helps Close Fiscal Gap 

Progress 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.Download

November 28, 1996
Luxury Boxes Could Win NHL Deal 

Does 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?Download

November 24, 1996
Group Sends Shinn Arena Plan 

The puck has been passed back to George Shinn.Download

November 12, 1996
Early Projection Cuts Arena Costs 

An 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.Download

November 5, 1996
NHL Bid Picks Up Steam 

Organizers of an effort to bring a National Hockey League team to Hampton Roads received two pieces of good news Monday: An endorsement from Gov. George F. Allen, who reportedly told one area official that he would consider providing state funding to help build an arena for a hockey team.Download

July 12, 1996
Ravens Add Architects to Stadium-Design Team 

Ravens Add Architects to Stadium-Design TeamDownload

April 27, 1996
Area Leaders Agree to Hire Consultant to Study Arena 

Area political leaders have embraced a compromise proposed by Virginia Beach on hiring a consultant to study a 20,000-seat sports arena.Download