CHRIS DUNLAVEY, FAIA

President

As president of B&D, Mr. Dunlavey has co-directed the development of the firm's practice since its founding in 1993. An architect with an advanced degree in real estate development and finance, he reflects a professional background in a variety of capacities within the building industry, ranging from project feasibility and planning to architectural design and program management. Before founding B&D, he was a project manager with MPC Associates, prior to which he practiced architecture with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York.

Today, Mr. Dunlavey specializes in managing the development of anchors of community such as PK-12 schools, major sports venues, and higher education “quality of life” projects including recreation and athletic facilities, campus unions, and student or faculty and staff housing. He has lectured and written extensively on the feasibility analysis, financing, programming, design, and construction of such projects. His work has led to recognition for B&D with numerous industry awards, including the 2015 DC Building Industry Association (DCBIA) Community Partnership Award for the firm’s leadership in the civic collaboration to bid on the 2024 Olympics on behalf of the greater Washington, DC region and the City of Washington, DC.

A member of the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, in 2005 Mr. Dunlavey was named by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal as one of the "Forty under 40" comprising the most innovative and influential executives in the sports business industry. He was also honored with a 2008 DCBIA Achievement Award for work on Major League Baseball's Nationals Park, and he is the recipient of a United States Olympic Committee commendation for his pro bono services, planning, and leadership in pursuit of a return of the Olympic Games to a U.S. city.

M.B.A. Real Estate Development (The George Washington University)
B.A. Architecture (Columbia College of Columbia University)

2016
THE GOLD STANDARD IN PROGRAM MANAGEMENT: PART 2 DOWNLOAD
2016
THE GOLD STANDARD IN PROGRAM MANAGEMENT: PART 1 DOWNLOAD
2015
STATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE U.S. – DE-TRADITIONALIZING A TRADITIONAL MAINSTAY
2012
MADE IN DETROIT DOWNLOAD
2012
REBUILDING THE URBAN SCHOOL DISTRICT: USING PROGRAM MANAGEMENT TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS DOWNLOAD
2011
YOU’RE ON DECK: MASTERING THE BALLPARK DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
2011
ADVANCING THE MISSION AND THE BOTTOM LINE: FACULTY, STAFF AND GRADUATE STUDENT HOUSING DOWNLOAD
2011
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: RECLAIMING INNOVATION THROUGH ADAPTIVE REUSE DOWNLOAD
2010
ENHANCING THE IMAGE OF INSTITUTIONS: HOW WILL IT DRIVE LONG-TERM FACILITY MANAGEMENT? DOWNLOAD
2009
WAKING THE SLEEPING GIANT: MODERNIZING DC PUBLIC SCHOOL FACILITIES DOWNLOAD
2003
LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE U.S. STADIUM BOOM OF THE ’90S DOWNLOAD
2003
IF YOU BUILD IT . . . DETERMINING WHAT “IT” IS DOWNLOAD
2002
AVOIDING OBSOLESCENCE DOWNLOAD
2002
SECURING FUNDING FOR YOUR PROJECT DOWNLOAD
2001
PROCESS MANAGEMENT: EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS DOWNLOAD
2001
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME DOWNLOAD
2001
DOWNTOWN SPORTS & ASSEMBLY: MYTHS & REALITIES DOWNLOAD
2001
CRITIQUING THE DEAL DOWNLOAD
1992
PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTH CARE COSTS: WELLNESS PROGRAMS ON CAMPUS DOWNLOAD
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.

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2016
DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION ASKS STUDENTS TO FILL OUT SURVEY ON IMPROVEMENTS TO RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

. . . The survey’s results will be used as part of a larger effort to address the Columbia community’s campus recreation, physical education, and intercollegiate athletic needs.

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2016
B&D PRESIDENT CHRIS DUNLAVEY NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS COLLEGE OF FELLOWS

The 2016 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elevated Brailsford & Dunlavey president Chris Dunlavey, FAIA, to its prestigious College of Fellows.

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2016
AMARILLO’S DEVELOPMENT PARTNER NO STRANGER TO STADIUMS

The company with the contract to research the possibility of drawing a AA baseball team to a new stadium downtown is no stranger to looking at the merits of large community venues.

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2016
REDSKINS ADVANCE PLANS TO RELOCATE, HIRE GOOGLE’S ARCHITECT FOR NEW STADIUM

…The selection of Bjarke Ingels represented “a very interesting and different kind of choice” because of the firm’s splashy work on an assortment of other projects and recent foray into sports said Christopher S. Dunlavey, president of the D.C.based planning and architectural firm Brailsford & Dunlavey.

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2014
MLB ENTHUSIASTS MAKE ANOTHER PITCH

There’s a buzz throughout major-league baseball about Montreal regaining the franchise it lost when the Expos moved to Washington in 2005.

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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.

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2011
ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC

Brailsford & Dunlavey CEO Paul Brailsford (his firm has worked for over 18 years with 200 colleges) recommends exploring markets with high barriers to entry—or risk oversupply—and says to remember that each school has different policies and off-campus markets.

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2009
LEARNING CURVE: PUTTING HEALTHY SCHOOL PRINCIPLES INTO PRACTICE

The H-shape design planned for New York City’s new Public School 109, as described by The New York Times, allowed for large courtyards shielded from neighbors’ noise for play and recreation, windows that open onto the courtyards to provide light and air, and thoroughly ventilated wardrobes to dry clothing and maintain circulation. That was a few years ago—in 1901, to be exact.

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2008
FACES & PLACES

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

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2007
KNIGHTS MAY MOVE UPTOWN, SIZE DOWN

A plan for a new $35 million ballpark for the Charlotte Knights calls for the team and their fans to squeeze into one of the smallest sites in Triple-A baseball.

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2006
A’S MOVE TO SUBURBS WOULD GO AGAINST THE GRAIN

The Oakland A’s plan for a new ballpark in Fremont, Calif., expected to be announced officially this week, marks a shift to the Bay Area suburbs that strikes against the decidedly urban ballpark development wave of the past 15 years.

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2006
WILL BIGGER BE BETTER FOR COWBOYS STADIUM?

For the Dallas Cowboys, size matters.

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2005
FACES & PLACES: 40 UNDER 40 AWARDS

Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal held its fifth annual Forty Under 40 black tie gala last week at the Waldorf-Astoria, capping off a busy week that included the fourth annual Octagon / Street & Smith’s World Congress of Sports.

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2005
STREET & SMITH’S SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL 40 UNDER 40 AWARDS DOWNLOAD
2004
BLAST OUT OF LEFT FIELD KEEPS EXPOS IN LIMBO

Planning, designing and building a sports and entertainment facility is like doing a jigsaw puzzle.

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2003
SOUNDS MAKE PITCH FOR NEW STADIUM

The Nashville Sounds have gone from words to action, presenting a proposal to Metro to build a $37 million mixed-use ballpark on the Thermal Transfer Plant site.

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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.

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2003
BASEBALL’S BOUNTY

John Acree might well be the very fan sports team magnates and Washington area planners dream about when they envision what a Major League Baseball team might mean to the region in cold hard cash, someone who pumps more than a little money into the local economy when he’s out on the town to enjoy a ball game.

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2002
PUBLIC GETS VOICE ON STADIUM QUEST

The District’s pursuit of a major league baseball franchise and new stadium took an important turn last night at Howard University Hospital: the involvement of the general public.

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2002
FINALISTS IN THE BALLPARK

The Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority last night narrowed its list to four finalists, including renowned sports architectural firm HOK of Kansas City, Mo., for the design of a new ballpark in Northern Virginia.

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2002
SUITE DREAMS

Arco Arena is economically obsolete or will be soon.

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2002
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH

Minor league baseball is afraid of becoming a victim of its own success.

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2002
STADIUM CONSTRUCTION BINGE NOT CONFINED TO CINCINNATI

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

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2002
TIME FOR CITY, CHARGERS TO TALK STADIUM

The possibility of the Chargers picking up and moving to Los Angeles or somewhere else remains just that — a possibility.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2001
BENEFIT CONCERT LATEST FEATHER IN CAP FOR RFK STADIUM

Bobby Goldwater, president of the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission, has led the fight to keep the lights on at RFK.

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2001
AUBURN ATHLETICS COMMITTEE OKS STADIUM EXPANSION

The Auburn University Board of Trustees Athletic Committee cleared the way for another expansion to Jordan-Hare Stadium at its Oct. 4 meeting.

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2001
STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE

Last January, during his second scouting visit to Hampton Roads, Major League Baseball consultant Corey Busch gave area officials a homework assignment: If the region was serious about landing a team, do a study.

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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.

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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.

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1999
REDSKINS GO TO MARKET

The record-setting $ 800 million sale price of the Washington Redskins likely will prompt the team’s new owner, Bethesda businessman Daniel M. Snyder, to market the franchise much more aggressively than the low-key style of the late Jack Kent Cooke and his son, John, according to sports industry experts.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1999
STADIUM PLAN FULL OF DETAIL

They know what the pitcher’s mound will be made of, they just don’t know who will build it.

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1998
REDSKINS DRAW SUITORS FROM NEAR AND FAR

With only two weeks remaining until first-round bids are due for the sale of the Washington Redskins, as many as 10 bidders could vie for one of the most prestigious sports franchises in America.

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1998
BIG MEN ON CAMPUS WIN OVER NEW FANS

Many colleges and universities around the country know whom to call when they want to build a recreation center or other sports facility on campus.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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1996
GROUP SENDS SHINN ARENA PLAN

The puck has been passed back to George Shinn.

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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.

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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.

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1996
ANAHEIM’S TAXING ISSUE: HOW TO KEEP THE ANGELS

The city’s promise to spend no tax money in its quest to keep the California Angels could cost it the team, according to sports analysts and baseball officials.

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