Wittenberg University HPER Center
Wittenberg University, a leading liberal arts college in the heart of the Midwest, was founded in Springfield, Ohio in 1845. In 2018 the University transformed its historic 1929 Fieldhouse into an epicenter of activity connected to its Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Center.
The 125,000-square-foot complex includes a 100-yard indoor artificial turf surface; a six-lane, 300-meter indoor track; a 7,000-square-foot weight room, a strength training and wellness center, multipurpose recreational rooms for group fitness classes, spacious gathering spots for recruitment-centered needs, technology-enabled classrooms, modernized court surfaces for volleyball and basketball, updated locker rooms and open office spaces for faculty and staff members.
As the heart of Wittenberg University's Health, Wellness and Athletics Complex, other recent HPER Center renovations include two golf practice rooms, a weight room and a state-of-the-art natatorium, which serves as the practice and competition home for the Wittenberg Tigers men's and women's swimming and diving and women's water polo teams.
With a budget for approximately $2 million, Level-1 Global Solutions and BCL IT Consulting Joint Venture (Level-1+BCL JV) delivered the IT, wireless, A/V and Security design for the HPER Center’s renovation/expansion through the Construction Management At Risk (CMR) method, an innovative approach to construction project delivery that involves working during the initial planning/pre-construction phases within a defined schedule at a fixed price. This makes it possible to assess and meet project specifications and requirements prior to bid rather than right before construction begins.
Level-1+BCL JV worked closely with the University to identify their standards and specific needs and provided IT Infrastructure and A/V equipment solutions, incorporating customized design elements to meet the needs of the multi-use spaces for staff and student athletes. Level-1+BCL JV also conferred with the University’s IT department on the locations of the tech closets, relocated the data center off-site and connected temporary spaces to the existing network. The project was completed with Building Information Modeling (BIM) software in collaboration with the architect.
Level-1+BCL JV’s design solution offers high density, high capacity wireless coverage and IT infrastructure to support the new seating’s IT usage for the next 10 years and A/V to meet the HPER Center’s needs.
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