Statement of Qualifications (SOQ)
Sheldon Westervelt established the Global Group in 1986 to offer creative solutions to technical challenges in the sport facility design. For three years in the 90's, Global Consult Group was a division of L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Inc. In February of 2000, the core of the original Global Consult Group split away from the Kimball firm to again work independently and the firm of Global Sports & Tennis Design Group was established in New Jersey under the leadership of Alexander Levitsky, Architect and Planner.
Since the mid 80's, the Global Group has been developing a strong network of professionals around the world. The firm has had designers and developers working under the Global Group banner as associates in Asia, Europe and Mexico for many years, and has new ones joining the Group each year.
The Global Group has designed a wide variety of projects in both the USA and abroad, ranging from large, multiple-court developments to private residences. Global has remained in the forefront of distinctive tennis facility design and engineering and has won won over sixty-seven national design awards for its projects, more than any other firm worldwide. Sheldon Westervelt, the GCG founder, and Alexander Levitsky, director, have greater than 65 years of experience in facility design.
From the most complex program for major tennis centers such as The Tennis Center of Coral Springs, Florida, site of America’s Red Clay Tennis Championship, to the historic setting of the Sant Agnes' Tennis Club in Rome, Italy, the Global Group has demonstrated a wide range of variety in its designs. The Global Group has become known for its site planning strategies and contextual designs. By drawing attention to the interesting physical characteristics on each project site, and by arranging the required functions in an attractive manner, spectator and owner, each facility takes on a character of its own.
Global provides expertise in tennis, sport and recreational facility design to include player and spectator concerns and to create a pleasant environment that's efficient and easy to operate and maintain. To accomplish that, we pay attention to the design of player amenities, such as drinking fountains, shade shelters, communications systems, as well as playing surfaces, orientation of courts, natural site resources, "neighbor friendly" lighting systems, and attractive landscaping.
The success of many of the Global Group's projects is attributable to a unified approach to all design elements made possible by the broad range of skills and experience of the teams.
The principle designers remain personally involved with the project and the client from the earliest meetings and until construction is completed. Supported by a Project Team composed of experienced professionals assembled specifically to match the needs of the individual client and project, the principal designer coordinates the efforts of the team and monitors project costs and schedules, which are important determinants of successful projects.
Integral to virtually every Project Team are consultants, who typically include architects, civil, mechanical and electrical engineers, and may also include experts in such specialized disciplines as lighting, communications and landscape design. The Team also frequently includes an associated local architect/engineer who provides technical support and local representation particularly for projects in other states and abroad. One of the services of the firm is the identification and close coordination of these consultants, many of whom have worked as part of Project Teams on numerous Global projects.
A team of professionals provides clients with full design and engineering services for the design of sports and support facilities at tennis & country clubs, at hotels & resorts, at educational institutions, at residences, on rooftops, in parks, in recreational areas, for collegiate programs, and for tournament venues.
These services include assistance at the beginning of a project with feasibility studies, programming, master planning, site planning, architectural design, site engineering, and construction observation. The Team handles the design of utilities, drainage, pavement and structures. As an accompaniment to its design and engineering, the Global Group also has extensive background and knowledge in club, court, track and field construction, and an understanding of the most current equipment, facility fit-ups, and construction technology.
Professional Associates of the Group can also offer expert witness testimony and trial consultation.
Global Sports and Tennis Design Group, llc is headquartered in Fair Haven, New Jersey with the Southern Division in Boynton Beach, Florida. Global headquarters can be reached in the USA during our business hours of 9:00 A.M. through 5:00 P.M. (Eastern, Monday - Friday). Outside of normal business hours, please contact us via our website e-mail (below) or by fax messaging.
Northern Division & Corporate Headquarters
Telephone: 732.747.9050/Fax: 732.345.0896
Address: P.O. Box 6224, Fair Haven, NJ 07704
Address: 7374 Kahana Drive, Boynton Beach, FL 33437