Brian Sands

AECOM - Economics

Vice President / Principal

Brian Sands has worked on assignments in the real estate and development industries for 23 years, with particular expertise in the areas of leisure/culture and mixed-use development. He has led hundreds of as- signments located throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East. His work has focused broadly on real estate and business economics and planning (e.g., existing operations analysis, concept and site evaluation, market research, demand potential, preliminary physical planning, earned revenue and financial feasibility analysis, land/lease valuations, economic/fiscal impact), with uses including a wide-range of commercial attractions (e.g., water parks, theme parks, observation wheels and decks, specialty attractions), cultural attractions (e.g., museums, visitor centers, performance venues), hospitality properties (hotels, resorts, amenities), retail-dining-entertainment, and related uses. Sands coordinates global production of the TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index, the definitive annual report on attendance trends at the 175 largest theme parks, waterparks and museums worldwide. He is responsible in AECOM’s south region for business development in the leisure and cultural sector, as well as supporting growth in the Latin American and Caribbean markets. Recent or ongoing assignments include the following: a proposed $500 million resort/attraction in Mexico; the Zoo Miami Entertainment Area (20th Century Fox’s proposed $1 billion destination theme park, waterpark, hotel and related); identifying and evaluating potential new attractions at major resort properties operated by a leading global hotel/resort operator; ongoing support for the Observation Deck at One World Trade Center, NYC; a proposed $225 million resort near Montreal; and the potential $485 million expansion of a major resort/attraction in Brazil.