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The building layout chosen for ESPN’s coverage for the US Open 2015 was both functional, yet inviting and comfortable on the inside, while playing into the USTA’s model for their overall re-development of the tennis facility. We laid it out with purpose built rooms, spacious enough to house broadcasting control rooms, equipment and personnel to put on live tennis. We maximized the area we were allotted to build in by going to a second story. Oversized corridors and doors were used throughout. Viewing windows were placed on control rooms, allowing anyone to look in, and also not isolate rooms that are not afforded windows. The second building housed the administration personnel. It’s layout had vast open rooms, with ample windows and large glass store front doors. Every detail played to the next, carpet colors, wall colors and ceiling tiles, it all blended and was inviting. On the exterior of both buildings, textured, corrugated and painted siding was used to further enhance the building.
The factories assemble line perspective, created a environment to process our order in a very efficient manner, from start to finish. Add to that, building the walls horizontally, then erecting them as a whole saved time. Their use of epoxy bonding agents on walls, gave us seamless mate lines throughout the large rooms, while creating a tight fit that during transport would not wear down as easy. Employed throughout the build, inside and out was LED lighting for its durability and projected lifespan. Three Phase Air Conditioning units were also chosen in order to increase efficiency. In order for these buildings to last the duration we need, roughly 10 years, corrugated metal siding was employed. Through wall, floor and ceiling access panels were also incorporated to solve our temporary cabling needs and allow concealment once the internal setup was finished.
It goes without saying, that having the modular units 90% finished offsite via an assembly line, then brought to site, assembled and finished out, saved man hours and excessive building material waste. The man-hours alone saved in building these structures indoors, where nature doesn’t stop the build, was a big savings and kept us on a very tight schedule. Add to this, the fact that we are only allowed to operate in a small area onsite at the USTA facility for just more than two months, modularity is the only way we could go. Install it, use it, then store our buildings offsite until the next year. Yet going with this type of build, allowed us the proper space to house all of the equipment and personnel needed verses some of the other current broadcasting models. We are also afforded versatility and flexibility to change when needed internally which adds yet another layer of a cost effective build.