NEW YORK, NY — Jay Wratten has been promoted to vice president and will lead the sports practice for the property and buildings group at WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a leading engineering and professional services consultancy.
In his new role, Mr. Wratten will manage new pursuits and business development for the sports practice and direct projects across the U.S.
Mr. Wratten has led the firm’s lighting design studio in Boulder, Colorado for several years, and has been part of the studio’s national leadership team. His sports facility experience includes lighting for stadia and arenas, including Mercedes Benz Stadium and Levi’s Stadium, for which WSP also provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering; the concourse renovation at Sports Authority Field; and the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and Salt River Fields, spring training facilities for Major League Baseball teams in West Palm Beach, FL and Scottsdale, AZ. He also served as a peer reviewer for three 2022 World Cup stadia in Doha, Qatar.
“WSP has been a proud player in engineering U.S. sports facilities for several decades,” said Rick Rome, executive vice president and managing director of U.S. building systems at WSP. “Jay’s diverse experience and leadership in the field will provide a new level of service to our clients as we help them enrich communities and excite fans with striking, sustainable venues.”
Mr. Wratten holds a bachelor of science in architectural engineering from the University of Kansas. He is a professional member of the international association of lighting designers and holds a lighting certification designation from the national council on qualifications for the lighting profession. He is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America where he serves as an advisory member of the Sports and Recreation Areas Committee. He has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder since 2016, teaching the lighting capstone course for the Program in Environmental Design.
WSP has diverse experience in the sports market, including structural and mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering; technology systems; lighting design; sustainable design and consulting; commissioning; and other related services for professional and college stadia and arenas, as well as recreational facilities, around the world. The firm’s project experience includes Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the USTA Arthur Ashe Stadium and its retractable roof in Queens, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and Safeco Field in Seattle.
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