Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Revitalization of the Detroit Entertainment District | Case Study

By: Michael Young

Where did break go? After 5 weeks off school it is back to the grind. Time to really start rolling on my thesis project. If you have been following my recent post, most of them have been explaining different parts of my thesis. I have done extensive research into different stadiums and arenas. The Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvannia is the newest, most efficient professional NHL stadium. Good design in architecture is not just if the building is visually appealing, but also if the building provides the correct amenities needed for the specific building function. In order to provide the best design as a whole, extensive research needs be performed by examining different case studies of stadiums relating to the design, sustainability, and functionality of the building. Stadiums and arenas are very large structure with complex facilities.
Consol Energy Center | Pittsburgh Pennsylvania  
The Consol Energy Center is located at 1001 Fifth Ave. in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. It is a multi-purpose indoor arena that serves home to the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Construction was completed on August 1, 2010. The arena is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certified arena in the NHL. Populous architecture firm were in charge of the overall design of the arena, while working with local architect, Astorino to develop the construction documents. The arena is mainly used to serve Pittsburgh’s hockey team, however many other events take place here also such as: college basketball games, arena football games, concerts, collegiate hockey, and even used to film a movie. The arena’s capacity is just over 18,000 people for hockey games. LEED ratings are broken down into categories and given a certain number of points per category. The Consol Energy Center achieved 42 total LEED credits giving it a Gold Certification. The arena launched Cisco’s StadiumVision to give the fans an interactive and high definition experience they can enjoy throughout the entire arena. Since the arena is used for such a variety of events, this program wanted to create a customizable look and feel for each of the world-class events that would be hosted here.  The Penguins now have one of the most advanced arenas in the league relating to sustainability and technology.

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