Cleveland Browns complete facility renovation in Berea
Mike Cairns, newsnet5.com
3:09 PM, Aug 19, 2013
3:16 PM, Aug 19, 2013
BEREA, Ohio - The Cleveland Browns recently completed a $5 million, four-month renovation project to vastly improve the team's training facility and administrative complex.
The first-class upgrades and modernized layout are structured to heighten teamwork, both within and across departments, to best foster productivity with an interactive, innovative mindset. The club headquarters now efficiently hosts approximately 160 staff members on two floors.
"We envisioned and created a vibrant, high-energy space that maximizes our employees' ability to perform at the highest level in a collaborative environment," said Browns CEO Joe Banner. "We have further established an environment that allows our team to attract and keep the top people in sports."
By revamping 37,000 square feet of the 90,000-square-foot building, the complex now accommodates an additional 68 employees who were previously stationed at FirstEnergy Stadium, allowing executives, coaches, players and staff to unify the club's football and business operations in one building.
In addition to top-caliber football-operations amenities, the remodeled space houses 60 offices, 90 work stations and in-house radio and video broadcast studios for digital-content creation.
Front-office staff, coaches, players, business partners and club guests now have immediate access to the Browns outdoor practice fields and indoor field house, as well as convenient views of both in various locations throughout the facility.
To execute the project, which honors the team's past, present and future through bold imagery, messaging and team branding and colors, the entire second floor was demolished down to its shell and structural frame.
The Cleveland Browns training facility is located in Berea, Ohio, where it sits on 13 acres of land. The building originally opened in August of 1991 and has undergone three renovations. The building has two floors, both of which have been renovated during the past few years. In 2009, the first floor was completely remodeled, and improvements were made to all player meeting rooms, the player locker room and the cafeteria. In addition, the team auditorium was expanded to 2,300 square feet and features 120 theater seats.
Connected to the facility is the team's 60,000-square-foot indoor field house. The facility also hosts four regulation-size, natural-grass practice fields ideal for year-round football operations, including the club's training camp.