BENCHMARK Designwall 4000

Build It Like Beckham

The new DVR PNK Stadium—home to Miami’s professional soccer club, Inter Miami CF, needed a signature look with a modern feel, under tight time constraints. In 2014, David Beckham and a group of investors started plans for a new stadium in Miami, but getting the necessary approvals for the endeavor proved challenging. The project fell through multiple times, but, in 2019, the group finally received permission to build a massive sports complex site next to Miami’s international airport. Unfortunately, Miami’s first professional MLS team was set to debut in early 2020, leaving too little time to build a stadium on the proposed site. Instead, they decided to re-purpo


When the Lights Went Out in UGA’s Sanford Stadium

Some might say that the newly retrofitted lighting system at the University of Georgia football stadium gave the newly crowned NCAAF champion Bulldogs an added home field advantage. The executive team at Sanford Stadium needed to replace the existing 20-year-old antiquated lighting system that no longer met NCAA National Broadcast lighting standards. In addition to a much-needed upgrade, the facility management team at UGA wanted to incorporate sports lighting that delivered a great broadcast, and provided an entertaining, “Super Bowl” fan experience for students, athletes and spectators. According to Mike Bibow, Assistant AD Digital and Production, University of Georgia, &l

Northwest ISD Aquatic Center, Justin, Texas

A Flowing Wave

The Northwest ISD (NISD) Aquatic Center in Justin, Texas is a multiuse facility that includes a 71-yard stretch competition pool, four-lane 25-yard practice pool, seating for 850 guests and a full-service sports medicine rehabilitation center. To improve the user experience and minimize acoustical issues that are common to indoor pools, pinta acoustic’s WHISPERWAVE and SONEX Valueline acoustic panels in custom colors were installed in the new 80,000-sq.-ft. facility. Most people have experienced the echo in indoor pools that leads to difficulty hearing and understanding swimmers, coaches and lifeguards, which can pose a safety risk. The panels absorb sound energy from coaching, raised

The Crestron installation is a cohesive lighting automation system that allows stadium management to easily upgrade lighting preferences and closely monitor and control energy expenditures for Lambeau Field.

Lambeau Leaps for Integrated Lighting Solution

Using disparate lighting control systems, Lambeau Field sought a solution from one single lighting platform. In operation since 1957, Lambeau Field is one of the most legendary and long-standing sporting venues in the United States. The stadium underwent a significant renovation in 2001 and has added several upgrades and expansions since then. As a result of these two decades of changes, there were over 12 disparate lighting control systems from different manufacturers that were not fully integrated. This sparked the search for a single technology provider that could unify and standardize solutions into one ecosystem.

Ecore was used for all new surface installations in the training center

Flooring Takes Training Center to the Next Level

The COPA Soccer Training Center was designed to analyze athletes from every angle to improve cognitive, physical and technical abilities. Retrofitting a multipurpose athletic facility into a building constructed more than four decades ago can be extremely daunting. The design challenges were compounded by the fact that COPA (Comprehensive Objective Performance Assessment) required numerous types of surfaces to support a variety of fitness spaces in the 110,000-sq.-ft. facility. AndyMcDermott, COPA’s director of culture, was tasked with overseeing many aspects of design and development of this state-of-the-art training center.

Yankee Stadium Bronx, New York City

Doors Offer Enhancements to Yankee Stadium

In 2006, construction started on a new $2.3 billion stadium adjacent to the historic Bronx ballpark, which closed in 2008, giving way to the new stadium at the startof the 2009 season, and ultimately renovations in 2017. Any of the Yankees’ legends, including Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Roger Maris or Mickey Mantle, would be thrilled to step into the batter’s box at the new park, which underwent numerous enhancements during the months leading up to the 2017 season.


Finishes Adorn Stunning Western Archrib Glulam Pieces on World-Class Track & Field Facility

High-performance wood protection manufacturer, Sansin, along with glulam fabricator Western Archrib, recently showcased their work on the stunning track and field facility, Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene. The open and airy structure, re-envisioned by SRG Partnership, showcases Oregon history, culture and forest products. To that end, more than 462 Douglas Fir glulam structural wood pieces, protected with Sansin’s low-VOC architectural finishes, were used to create 77 unique curves, each containing six pieces of curved wood. There were over one million linear feet of Douglas Fir lumber used in all the glulam pieces – equating to 830.5 laps around a 400-meter t

Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

Iconic Baseball Stadium Fountain Gets New Life

Kauffman Stadium’s fountains feature an upgraded stainless steel automatic control valves, which modulate, open and close for reliable and trouble-free operation, providing an eye-catching display of vibrant colors for spectators. Kauffman Stadium is home to two-time World Series winning KC Royals—a central division Major League Baseball team founded in 1969. The park’s best-known feature is the “Water Spectacular”—a massive fountain and waterfall display behind the right field fence. Built in the 1990s, the fountain is now a focal point for ballpark fans. The original control valves became completely rusted due to continuous submersion and needed replacem

CoolToday Park Sarasota, Fla.

Ceiling Solutions a Home Run at Atlanta Braves Spring Training Complex

The new North Port location in Sarasota County gives the team a 30-year lease on a purpose-built facility that mimics its home at Georgia’s SunTrust Park. Built on 80 acres of previously vacant land, the new complex was designed by Fawley Bryant Architects (FBA) to create a state-of-the-art, comfortable and fun environment for players, fans and year-round events.The $140 million complex, named CoolToday Park, centers around a 6,200-seat stadium and a three-story, 55,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse with an athletic training facility and executive offices.  In addition to Spring Training, the complex is envisioned to become the heart of a planned “town center” commercial and resid


A Whole New Way to Hook New Horns

The 2017 renovation of the University of Texas (UT) locker rooms, as envisioned by Gensler, started with a cathartic dismantling of the existing facility. For Coach Tom Herman, the project was about creating the right environment for success. “From recruiting, to player comfort and motivation, to game day intensity, the lighting controls help set the right tone at the right time,” says Herman.Every aspect of the renovation was designed to make UT facilities reflect the university’s commitment to continued excellence. Lighting plays a major role throughout the space. In a design unique to the Longhorn program, each locker glows orange. Cove lighting throughout the space is f