Posted on Feb 10, 2020
With the pressure to present environments in sporting venues that are on the leading edge, St. Louis University was looking to achieve these upgrades to it's Chaifetz Arena in a cost effective manner and NECA Member Aschinger Electric
was there to help!
The arena lighting project for the Chaifetz Arena consisted of removing 100+ existing HID fixtures, replacing with 62 efficient LED fixtures. The project required the use of three 100 ft boom lifts to access the fixtures from any conceivable angle. The lighting controls for the arena were also upgraded to provide different scenes and color changing visual effects. The blue tints now reflect the St. Louis University Billikens home team, providing attendees with a unique experience. Additionally, 42 aisle lights were also replaced for better lighting in the walkways.
The goal was to provide a safer pathway for fans. The work was completed within a tight schedule of three weeks, while working between concerts, games and events without disrupting the use of the facility.
Athletic venues can be tricky in that the structures tend to have large, open spaces making access a challenge. Throw in the owner’s desire to replicate exact coloration and brilliance as well as NCCA foot candle regulations to complicate the project further. Selecting the proper LED fixtures was imperative as well the control system. The need for an experienced electrical contractor with expertise in these areas was mandatory. Producing the exact product required in a compressed time frame demands a great depth of knowledge in project logistics. Aschinger Electric hit on all these marks and performed as required, even above and beyond expectations. The overall experience for the fan base will be enhanced by the new lighting features. At this point we can only state the obvious, “Go Bills!”