• ESCO Awarded Best Large Venue Project by Commercial Integrator

  • June 18, 2019

    ESCO’s contributions to Notre Dame’s largest building initiative in the university’s 175-year history was just awarded “Best Large Venue Project” by Commercial Integrator. The magnitude, complexity, and variety of systems for this project required an intense team effort.

    About the Project

    Seeking to optimize the iconic Notre Dame Stadium that has stood as a central landmark on campus since 1930, the University of Notre Dame embarked on the Campus Crossroads Project. Serving as the largest building initiative in the history of the university included the expansion of approximately 800,000 square feet via three new building structures – Duncan Student Center, Corbett Family Hall, and O’Neill Hall.

    The intent of this project was to make the stadium a year-round hub to include academic, performance, digital media, hospitality, and student life.  Providing the functional width of such spaces inherently required an enormous variety and volume of technology systems across the continuum of entertainment to life safety.  ESCO worked closely with the Project Team to provide a full spectrum of technology solutions that met the performance requirements while respecting the aesthetic integrity within each space.

    The facility as a whole was designed to facilitate all of the following:

    • Classroom
    • Research
    • Multiple Academic Departmental Offices
    • Student Career & Professional Development
    • Centralized Campus Digital Media
    • Student Radio/TV
    • Performance and Rehearsal Halls
    • Student Life and Recreation
    • Conference Rooms
    • Premium Club/Hospitality & Ballrooms
    • Game Day Operations, Management, & Television Broadcast

    Over the course of a year and a half, ESCO’s contributions to this massive expansion helped make UND’s vision a reality.  While each space required a unique blend of technology to meet the broad wingspan of functional needs, the sophistication of audio, video, and control transport also demanded the integration throughout to be manageable by various UND support staff and departments following project completion.  The result was the most integrated collection of AV Systems on the entire campus.

    The combined volume, variety and complexity of systems provided by ESCO included:

    • 120 Classrooms, Conference Rooms & Meeting Rooms utilizing digital media transport and customized touch panel control
    • IPTV & Digital Signage System serving the entire Notre Dame Stadium concourse areas & Premium Game Day Hospitality spaces, and providing the keystone for media service to other athletic areas on campus
    • Dahnke Ballroom, Downes Club, and Foley’s Premium Club, each with several displays, automated separate/combine modes of room configuration, and extensive integrated control
    • New Stadium Bowl Audio System consisting of two (2) 21’ tall, 6,700 lb. Array of Loudspeakers on each side of the South End Zone Video Board serving 80,000 fans on Game Day
    • Broadcast Infrastructure, utilized for transporting all national television Stadium events
    • AV, Theatrical Rigging & Lighting Systems within multiple premium performance and rehearsal spaces
    • CCTV System consisting of over 250 cameras and associated VMS, and integrated with the campus-wide surveillance system, complete with multiple viewing and control locations within the Stadium Operations and Security Management facilities
    • Access Control System consisting of over 150 controlled doors, integrated with the campus-wide system
    • Security/Intrusion System with over 650 monitoring points
    • Dante audio network with over 300 streams and robust IP Video network, allowing source feeds facility-wide to be shared with ND Studios

    ESCO Communications worked very closely with Barton Malow, the Design-Builder selected for the Campus Crossroads project. Neal Morton, Vice President of Barton Malow shared,

    “Working with ESCO Communications was a well-planned and well-delivered experience. ESCO provided value-engineering options that were forward-thinking in design and respectful of the project budget.” Morton added, “Not only did we work collectively on multiple complex systems, but ESCO was able to provide uniquely- qualified staff on systems critical to the UND Campus Crossroads project.”

    To see the full list of 2019 Integrator award winners, please visit here.