Maryland's Stadium Authority has selected a group to design the stadium complex in Camden Yards, but the choice has come under criticism from the Baltimore Orioles.
The authority on Monday approved the choice of a group headed by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum of Kansas City, Mo., to design the complex.
The authority's decision came after its architectural selection panel had recommended that the state negotiate a contract with the Kansas City firm's Sports Facilities Group and 14 other consultants to design the $235 million complex.
Orioles' management had favored Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff, also of Kansas City, to head the design team. After the choice was made, the American League franchise issued a statement expessing its displeasure.
"We did not have the kind of voice we thought was appropriate in the selection of an architect for the baseball facility," said Larry Lucchino, Orioles vice president and general counsel.
Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum is one of the largest architectural firms in the nation and one of the few with its own stadium design division. It was hired by the stadium authority several years ago to prepare feasibility studies for a new stadium.
Among the firm's projects are the recently completed Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami and minor league baseball stadiums in Buffalo and St. Petersburg, Fla.