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“Kevin Kelley and Andrea Austin were outstanding – pro sports facility deals are complex and tough to negotiate, and they were on top of every nuance. Their deep understanding of the issues and how to navigate both the public sector’s priorities and market realities in pro sports helped us achieve a huge win for Seattle baseball fans and the broader community. I would want them on my team every time.”

Executive Director, Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD) and Owner of T-Mobile Park

Overview

Andrea focuses her practice on public-private partnerships and infrastructure development.

She has experience assisting public and private sector clients in public-private partnerships (P3) infrastructure development projects, property and portfolio acquisitions, and financing transactions for acquisitions and development projects on behalf of developers, owners, portfolio managers and financial institutions.

Andrea’s recent engagements have included:

  • Representing the City of Phoenix in its negotiations with the Phoenix Suns to extend the team’s term at Talking Stick Resort Arena, including negotiating a reallocation of responsibility for capital improvements at the arena and structuring the terms of a $230 million renovation of the facility.
  • Representing the public owner of T-Mobile Park in renegotiating the Seattle Mariners’ lease, with extensive new provisions that incorporate significantly improved community benefits, shift responsibility to the Mariners for upgrading the ballpark over time, and protect the public’s investment.
  • Representing the City of Phoenix in renegotiating the Milwaukee Brewers’ agreements for use of the city-owned Cactus League spring training facilities, which included extending their term, negotiating a new non-relocation agreement, and structuring the development rights for the Brewers to undertake a significant mixed-use development of adjacent city-owned land.
  • Negotiating and drafting the primary agreements for a $1.5 billion redevelopment of the Kansas City Airport’s terminal modernization program.
  • Advising a private sector client on the P3 transaction structure for a municipal energy district.
  • Advising an interlocal agency client on the transaction structuring, feasibility analysis and resource planning for a P3 delivery of a wastewater treatment facility in Nebraska.
  • Counseling a client on the sale and adaptive re-use of a 70-acre decommissioned railyard in an infill Denver location, including developing a procurement process that more than quadrupled the client’s proceeds.
  • Advising both private sector and higher education clients on the development of campus facilities through P3 delivery models, including student housing, academic and support facilities, and energy facilities.
  • Supporting development of a privately owned high-speed rail project in Southern Nevada.
  • Counseling a client on structuring a transaction for a mixed-use redevelopment of a downtown Denver city block in an historic district.
  • Coordinating development of a $12 billion horizontal infrastructure plan on behalf of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

Andrea experience with P3 project delivery includes extensive prior work on the federal Military Housing Privatization Initiative, as well as adaptive re-use of a decommissioned naval air station by a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) installation in California. Her work has been informed by her experience supporting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Superfund program and other environmental initiatives.

Andrea’s background in commercial real estate investing on behalf of one of the nation’s largest life insurance companies gives her particular insight into understanding market dynamics and critical deal points. Her prior investing experience includes analyzing and underwriting over $1.5 billion in debt and equity financing of high-profile commercial real estate transactions.

“Kevin Kelley and Andrea Austin were outstanding – pro sports facility deals are complex and tough to negotiate, and they were on top of every nuance. Their deep understanding of the issues and how to navigate both the public sector’s priorities and market realities in pro sports helped us achieve a huge win for Seattle baseball fans and the broader community. I would want them on my team every time.”

Executive Director, Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD) and Owner of T-Mobile Park


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Education

  • J.D., Marquette University Law School
    • magna cum laude
  • M.G.A., University of Pennsylvania
    • Sweeney Scholar
  • B.A., Stanford University
    • Organizational Behavior
    • with distinction

Admissions

  • Colorado
  • Wisconsin

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado State Bar Association
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
Case Studies
Washington State Major League Baseball Public Facilities District

Seattle’s publicly-owned major league baseball ballpark, completed in 1999, had been home to the Seattle Mariners for 20 years – and the team’s original lease was about to expire. The Washington State Major League Baseball Public Facilities District (or PFD), the ballpark’s owner, turned to Husch Blackwell for assistance in striking a new agreement with the team.