BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
Electrical Contractors, Inc. (ECI) completed an electrical installation project in excess of $5 million for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. In October 2002. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is a new museum and exhibition hall that pays tribute to basketball’s greatest players, coaches, and contributors from around the world. This entire construction project, budgeted at $32.7 million, replaced the existing Hall of Fame as well as spearheaded the $103 million redevelopment efforts of Springfield’s riverfront.
The sophisticated lighting, audio and video elements absolutely take center stage in this stunning complex which includes a museum, exhibition hall, full-size basketball court, retail stores, restaurants, a 200-seat movie theater, underground parking, and offices.
The building features:
- A 90-foot-diameter dome
- A striking 180-foot-tall lighted spire that provides an impressive view to travelers along the I-91 highway
- A 6000 amp service and emergency generator
- An exterior roof illuminated with 812 fixtures that are computer controlled and are capable of producing 16.7 million colors in an array of patterns and designs
- An exterior features a 3-story, 196-foot pedestrian bridge that links the Hall of Fame to the revitalized riverfront, crossing over two sets of Amtrak rails
- Theatrical and building lighting systems with high-tech dimming and lighting controls for the entire complex
- Life safety provided by a multiplex fire alarm system interfaced with the building lighting control systems
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was one of our most exciting projects, requiring a tremendous amount of creativity and energy from our project management team and all of our install workers. The unusual “basketball-domed” building and all of its unique features truly come to life through the electrical, lighting, audio and video work installed entirely by ECI. The company self-performed all the electrical work for the Hall of Fame and did not sub-contract out any part of the project.