With the pressure to present environments in sporting venues that are on the leading edge, St, Louis University was looking to achieve this in a cost-effective manner. The project was an arena lighting replacement for the Chaifetz Arena that consisted of removal of over (100) existing HID fixtures and the replacement with (62) efficient LED fixtures. The lights are color changing and provide visual effects of blue tints for St. Louis University Billikens, their dominant team color.
Spectators enjoy a color effect, cultivating a home team feel. The lighting controls for the arena lights were also upgraded to provide different scenes and effects. This varies the experiences of those in attendance. Additionally (42) aisle lights were also replaced for better lighting in the walkways. The goal was to provide a safer pathway for fans. The project required the use of (3) 100’ boom lifts to access the fixtures from any conceivable angle. The work was completed within a tight schedule of three weeks, while working between concerts, games, and events without disrupting the use of the facility.
Athletic venues can be tricky in that the structures tend to have large, open spaces making access a challenge. Throw in the owner’s desire to replicate exact coloration and brilliance as well as NCCA foot candle regulations to complicate the project further. Selecting the proper LED fixtures was imperative as well the control system. The need for an experienced electrical contractor with expertise in these areas was mandatory. Producing the exact product required in a compressed time frame demands a great depth of knowledge in project logistics. Aschinger Electric hit on all these marks and performed as required, even above and beyond expectations. The overall experience for the fan base will be enhanced by the new lighting features. At this point we can only state the obvious, “Go Bills!”
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