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.