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Another Architect Leaves Ellerbe Becket

Ellerbe Becket's Kansas City office suffered yet another setback when architect Ron Gans left on March 28 to join 360 Architecture, one of its joint-venture partners in a new Kansas City arena project. The move comes just three weeks after the Minneapolis-based firm was stunned by the loss of its five key principals, including its Kansas City office manager, to rival HOK Sport+Venue+Event.

Ellerbe Becket, HOK and 360 Architecture are partners in the Downtown Arena Design Team working on the planned downtown arena. The firms have said that personnel issues will not affect the project, which is scheduled to break ground by late spring and open by March 2007.


"Ellerbe Becket has depth," said Stuart Smith, company spokesman. "And the departure of Ron and the principals will open up new opportunities for promotion within our sports practice."

Meanwhile, Ellerbe Becket filed a lawsuit in state court on March 16 saying that the defection of its five principals violates company agreements. It also asked a Kansas City judge to impose damages and issue a court order stopping the five defectors from using confidential information or interfering with Ellerbe's clients and employees.

Tony Illia