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Cleveland, Ohio

Mark Horton was Cleveland City Council’s representative to the new, state-of-the-art, $350 million Cleveland Browns Stadium.  With an opening day in August 1999, the lakefront stadium featured 72,000 seats, 120 suites, uninterrupted site lines, a new Dawg Pound, and hi-tech scoreboards and graphics.

For this Project, Mark monitored three areas most critical to City Council:  schedule, budget and EEO compliance.  He reported directly to Council leadership on project status and workforce diversity — including an advisory role on legislative oversight and policy initiatives.

Budgetary analysis and schedule management is a vital concern for any major project.  The stadium project was no exception, with added pressure for completion by opening day of the Browns’ football season.  Mark utilized his considerable project- and construction-management expertise to review and analyze project budget and schedule — enabling him to independently advise Council on the Project’s progress and the potential for future delays that affect building turnover and cost.

EEO compliace was also a top priority and considerable resources to this monitoring function were committed – working to ensure that contractors were meeting the MBE/FBE contractual goals, as well as those set for utilization of minorities, females and Cleveland residents in the project’s workforce.

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