Three firms consulting on upgrades to accommodate a new MLS team at PGE Park in Portland have the inside track on permanent roles.

Ellerbe Becket will most likely design and Turner Construction build improvements to retrofit the minor league baseball facility for soccer, said Merritt Paulson, owner of the MLS expansion Timbers and the Class AAA Pacific Coast League’s Beavers.

…ICON Venue Group will probably serve as the owner’s representative for both projects, Paulson said. All three companies worked for the past year with Paulson in an unofficial capacity to develop a plan that works for both teams, he said. Icon Venue Group has been a stadium developer for six MLS teams. 

(For the full article, please read a copy of the April 20 issue of Sports Business Journal)