Yes, It’s Possible, LEED Certification for a Broadcast Studio

Home of ESPN SportsCenter is Featured in gb&d Magazine

Colette Taber

ESPN’s Digital Center 2, the second of two broadcasting facilities designed by HLW for the sports network’s Bristol, Connecticut campus, was featured in gb&d magazine this month. The publication, which covers sustainable architecture, development, planning and policy, focused on the project’s “green” achievements, which are notable considering the significant energy requirements of media technology and data centers. “Yes, it’s possible to do a LEED certified broadcast studio and production facility,” said Keith Hanadel, HLW’s Director of Broadcast Design. The sustainable design solutions often complement the human solutions. “Our design provides the necessary technical isolation, the redundancy, and the production requirements,” Keith continued, “but we addressed these essentials while also meeting the needs of those individuals working in facilities that produce 24/7. People need sunlight once they exit a technical environment.” John Gering, Managing Partner at HLW, refers to this as “avoiding the bunker mentality.” Joe Calabrese, HLW’s Director of Engineering, elaborated, “We delivered the necessary power, but along the way we developed innovative ways to meet the LEED benchmarks ultimately leading to certification.”

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