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Project Case Study – Schneider Arena Audio-Visual Systems Build-out and Commissioning

This design-build project for a Division One, state of the art $20 Million-dollar athletic facility encompassed multiple facets of technology-based systems including television network broadcast cabling and equipment. This broadcasting coverage included NCAA required game-day league video cameras and playback for officials, mobile broadcast studio connectivity, digital signage, flat panel displays, game clocks, arena game day video, local sound systems for the luxury suites, video capture and storage and coaching software. In addition, the project encompassed LAN, Telephony, Wireless next generation 802.11ac equipment, Video Security and Access Control connectivity.

This fast-track project also required additional design and support for building automation, ice monitoring- management, hydro-therapy and food services.

Acting as the owner’s representative was the key component giving us the ability to coordinate the various trades and stakeholders while adapting new technologies and systems to existing infrastructure and applications on a very aggressive timetable for the opening of the Ice Hockey season.

 

In addition to the design and specification work, the Skyline group handled several bid packages, RFP’s, Contractor evaluations, technology system assessments and integration coordination along with outside plant work to upgrade pathways, transmission media and service provider connections for CATV, Satellite TV and head-end equipment.

The project specifications and drawings were developed in accordance with the Providence College Infrastructure Standards, Industry best practices and methodologies.

 

The field support team for this project consisted of four members of The Skyline Group including Principal in Charge, Project Manager, Designer and CAD Field Support. We managed this very active design and implementation process in real-time, coordinating with members of the General Contractor, MEP and structural engineers and allied specialty trades including Hoist Controls, Signage, Local Sound and official league video.

 

 

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Providence College – Ruane Humanities, Providence Rhode Island

IT and A/V Systems Build-out and Commissioning

The Skyline Group provided Information Technology design, project management and construction administration services for the new Humanities Building constructed in the spring of 2012. The building was built on the south west side of the campus next to the Phillips Library and the Hickey, SOWA and Albertus building complex. Construction began in June of 2012 with a completion date of September 2013.

 

This AIA Architectural Award-Winning Project for “Outstanding Design in the Post-Secondary School Category” is a 64,000-square-foot, three-story new construction project that was designed and built from start to finish in 18 months with a budget of ~$20 Million dollars.

 

Work was completed in the summer of 2013 and ready for the start of fall semester classes. Designed and built in an architectural style to complement Providence College’s first building, Harkins Hall.

 

The Skyline team worked as owner’s representatives for the Technology and Audio-Visual Systems infrastructure and were part of the combined group of owners, architects and consultants that brought this campus showpiece to life.

Together we integrated 21st century technology systems for students, faculty and staff into this collegiate gothic styled building with architectural details and aesthetic design considerations to ensure a true to form building with the benefit of state of the art educational and technology tools, Audio-Visual applications and technology services.

 

One of the first campus installations of IEEE 802.11ac Wireless LAN Technology in the country, the building has wireless coverage throughout the premises and in adjacent outdoor classroom areas incorporating custom designed, integrated stanchions for Emergency Call “Blue Light” Phones, CCTV Cameras, Strobes and Wireless Antenna’s.

 

After the initial Programming and Design phases, the Construction Administration and Project Management was handled by the Skyline team acting as the owner’s representative. Key factors in our ability to coordinate the various MEP trades and stakeholders were our on-site, live interactions on a daily basis as the eyes and ears for the owner. We were able to adapt new technologies and systems while maintaining the architectural integrity and vision of the school, its benefactors and architectural team while adhering to a closely managed timetable.

 

In addition to design and specification work, The Skyline Group handled several bid packages, RFP’s, Contractor evaluations, technology system assessments and integration coordination.

 

Working with the A/V Consultant, the commissioning of the A/V Systems through to completion and owner acceptance was a key focus area to ensure integration and coordination of all involved systems and staff that achieved the desired objectives, system design performance and operation criteria

 


After the initial Programming and Design phases, Construction Administration and Project Management performed by the Skyline team acting as the Owners Representative were key components in our ability to coordinate the various trades and stakeholders, adapting new technologies and systems while maintaining the architectural integrity and vision of the school, benefactors and architectural teams while adhering to a closely managed timetable. In addition to design and specification work the Skyline group handled several bid packages, RFP’s, Contractor evaluations, technology system assessments and integration coordination. The Telecommunications cabling specifications and drawings were developed in accordance with the Providence College Telecommunications Master Standards.

 

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