Mark Appell is responsible for day-to-day project management services for all capital projects executed by IFG. He has more than 30 years of project management experience in the design and construction of complex building projects located throughout the US and Canada, responsible for satisfying the Owners’ program requirements while ensuring that each project is completed on schedule and within budget. Prior to joining IFG, Mark was a Senior Project Manager for Stein & Company (1989-97), a prominent Chicago based real estate development company, and before that as Supervisor of Project Management for Litton Industries’ (1980-89) corporate real estate & construction department.
Masters Degree in Architectural Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign
Unite Pedagogique D’Architecture in Versailles, France
- Riverfront Stadium – Wichita, KS – Directed IFG’s role as Owner’s Representative to the City and Club for the new AAA ballpark and related infrastructure improvements. Located as part of a larger mixed-use development, the $75 million ballpark will accommodate 10,000 fans. IFG assisted the City and Club during the initial feasibility analysis, selection of the design-builder and as project manager during the design and construction phases. The ballpark was completed within budget and on schedule in April 2020.
- Polar Park – Worcester, MA – Currently providing design input to the Skanska USA lead Owners Project Manager for the City of Worcester for the new AAA ballpark. Located in downtown Worcester as part of a significant mixed-use development project, the approximately $90 million ballpark will accommodate 10,000 fans. The ballpark is currently being constructed and scheduled to open in April 2021.
- American Family Fields of Phoenix – Phoenix, AZ – Supported the IFG team by providing design reviews and assisting with FF&E procurement.
- Shield of Hope Center – Chicago, IL – Directed IFG’s role as Owner’s Representative to The Salvation Army for the $9 million temporary housing and assessment center that TSA will oversee in partnership with the City of Chicago to assist homeless families. Located adjacent to the Freedom Center, the proposed 20,000 sf facility can temporarily accommodate up to 125 adults and children in a two level facility. The Shield of Hope was completed within budget and on schedule in February 2018.
- Freedom Center – Chicago, IL -Directed IFG’s role as Owner’s Representative to The Salvation Army for the $63 million combined Harbor Light, Pathway Forward and Corps Community Center in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood. The 180,000sf facility was constructed using 4 levels of architectural and structural precast concrete. A Planned Development zoning modification was required as was an Environmental Site Remediation Program in order to secure a NFR letter from IEPA. The 5 acre site required utility relocations and major demolition. The Freedom Center opened in Fall 2015.
- ARC Family Store – Chicago, IL – Directed IFG’s role as Owner’s Representative to The Salvation Army to oversee the $10 million redevelopment of one of its most successful retail operations in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Completed in June 2013, the complex includes two new buildings on a challenging 4 acre site.
- Miami Marlins Ballpark – Miami, FL – Provided design oversight for IFG as Owner’s Representative in partnership with URS to Miami Dade County for the new retractable roof ballpark on the former Orange Bowl site, which includes 37,000 seats, 57 private suites, 3,500 club seats, a natural grass playing field, and multiple parking ramps and surface lots for 5,500 vehicles. The ballpark opened in Spring, 2012.
- Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center – Chicago, IL – Directed IFG’s role as Owner’s Representative to The Salvation Army to oversee the design and construction of the new $58.7 million community center in the West Pullman neighborhood on the far south side of Chicago. Opened in Spring 2012, the approximately 160,000 sf facility and 32 acre site include an Athletic & Aquatics Center, Health & Fitness Center, Family Life & Education Center, performance quality Auditorium, and extensive outdoor athletic and recreational facilities.
- Target Field – Minneapolis, MN – Directed IFG’s role as ballpark consultant to the Minnesota Twins for the new open-air ballpark, which includes 40,000 seats, 60 private suites, 2,900 club seats, 450 Diamond Club seats, a restaurant and sports bar, and various fan amenities. The ballpark opened in Spring, 2010.
- Washington Nationals Ballpark Projects-Washington, DC – Directed IFG’s role as Owner’s Representative to MLB and the Washington Nationals for both the $18.5 million renovation of RFK Stadium as an interim home and the design of the new ballpark. Opened March 30, 2008, the approximately $325 million open-air ballpark includes 41,000 seats, 66 private suites, a restaurant and sports bar, extensive fan experience amenities, 3,000 club seats, and 1,100 parking spaces.
- Stockton Event Center-Stockton, CA – Directed IFG’s role as Owner’s Representative to the City of Stockton during the master planning of the Banner Island mixed-use development program that included a AA ballpark, a 10,000 seat arena, a parking garage, a hotel, and retail development. Also provided design oversight for the seat arena that was completed in December 2005.
- Great American Ball Park-Cincinnati, OH – Directed IFG’s role as Owner’s Representative for the Cincinnati Reds’ new ballpark. Opened on March 31, 2003, the $280 million open-air ballpark includes 42,000 seats, 63 private suites, 2,000 club seats, and 300 Diamond Club seats.
- Comerica Park-Detroit, MI – Directed IFG’s role as Owner’s Representative for the Detroit Tigers’ new $325 million ballpark project including oversight of the 55 acre site development for the new ballpark and the new stadium for the Detroit Lions. Completed in April 2000, the ballpark includes 40,000 seats, 105 private suites, multiple restaurants, extensive fan amenities, and a 1,000 space parking ramp.
- Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center-Madison, WI – On behalf of Stein & Company, Appell directed the program management services provided by the Findorff/Stein Joint Venture Construction Manager. Designed by Taliesin Architects, the $67.1 million, 250,000 sf, multi-level convention center and adjacent 560 space parking ramp were completed on budget and ahead of schedule in July 1997.
- Metcalfe Federal Building-Chicago, IL – Initial assignment upon joining Stein & Company, was to oversee the base building construction and coordinate the tenant improvement work for the 27 story Metcalfe Federal Building. Appell directed the design and construction for the 600,000 sf office and special-use areas. Designed by Fujikawa-Johnson and constructed by Morse Diesel, the Metcalfe Federal Building was completed ahead of schedule in July, 1991 and within its $153 million development budget.