SportsCenter’s New Home

Digital Center 2 (DC-2), a 194,000-square foot facility in Bristol, Connecticut, is the new home to ESPN’s SportsCenter, the network’s signature show, along with its NFL programming. One of the world’s most advanced TV production facilities, this high-tech complex includes 5 studios, 115 screens, and an interactive video floor. Moreover, DC-2 was built to easily accommodate new video formats as they develop.

With the goal of achieving LEED certification, a difficult task for a production studio, the building is oriented to minimize the amount of heat absorption from the sun. Other energy-savings features include using sustainable building materials, installing renewable energy systems, and utilizing LED bulbs throughout the facility, which is projected to reduce the building’s energy consumption by 70 percent compared to Digital Center 1, built in 2004.

BVH provided the civil engineering design, structural threshold peer review and commissioning services for this $178-million facility. The scope included design of a hydronic snowmelt system surrounding the facility that absorbs heat in the summer and melts snow in the winter.

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Two Campuses in One Building

Two Campuses in One Building

New Haven, Connecticut

It is not often that all of the many educational facilities, administrative functions, and student amenities of an entire campus come together in one structure. This new massive facility, thoughtfully scaled both inside and out, spans two former brownfield downtown blocks. It consolidated two existing Gateway Community College campuses into one new learning center. Offering more than 100 accredited degree and certificate programs, it includes 90 general purpose classrooms, 22 computer labs, 10 meeting spaces, a two-story Library & Learning Commons, cafeteria, bookstore, business center, culinary arts center, health center, early learning center, administrative offices, and a variety of other features.

The new facility, which serves 7,000 full-time students, is a four-story brick and glass structure with a spacious multi-level atrium and 600-space parking garage. Energy-efficiency is a cornerstone of the planned campus, utilizing renewable and alternative energy technologies including solar, hot water, and photovoltaics. Designed as a state-of-the-art “green” facility, the campus maximized the use of energy-efficient systems and equipment, and reduced demand. Through intensive efforts by the whole design team, Gateway achieved LEED Gold certification.

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