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STADIUM FAÇADES / SUPERDOME, NEW ORLEANS, USA


by what it brings to the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome,” says Solomon Group President Gary Solomon, Jr. “The lighting will complement what we did for Champions Square and add a new element to our city’s iconic skyline.” The Mercedes Benz Superdome has been illuminated temporarily twice for special events in the past, including the first post- 9/11 Super Bowl in 2002 and September 25, 2006, when the facility was reopened after Katrina. Both of those installations were temporary and were only able to light the upper half of the facility’s exterior. The new LED lighting system is much more advanced and dynamic. It contains more fixtures and can be programmed with a vast array of colour options. Working with local architects Eskew+Dumez+Ripple/Ellerbe Becket, A Joint Venture and electrical contractor Frischertz Electric, Solomon Group installed the system to be incredibly energy efficient. When operating in one colour, the entire system draws only 10 kilowatts of electricity – the equivalent amount of energy used by a small home. In fact, the current system


draws only 25% of the power used by the system it replaced. In addition, when operated six hours per day every day of the year, the lighting fixtures should last for decades. The lighting system will be operated nightly and will feature many different colours and lighting patterns. The design of the lighting system includes the capability to customise effects, images and colour in order to celebrate specific events or commemorate occasions. “This is something we have been interested in doing for some time,” says SMG Senior Vice President Doug Thornton, who operates the Mercedes Benz Superdome. “Exterior lighting can transform a facility and have a huge impact on the night-time skyline. We see this as another significant feature that will enhance the identity of the facility, while creating a colourful display for all New Orleanians to enjoy.” The install of the lighting system completes an $85 million renovation that has completely modernised the facility. www.solomongroup.com


288 Martin Professional Exterior 410 fixtures project the desired colour scheme on to the 96 concave aluminum panels that ring the Superdome’s exterior.


PROJECT DETAILS


Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Client: SGM


Lighting Design: Solomon Group


Architect: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple/Ellerbe Becket, A Joint Venture Electrical Contractor: Frischertz Electric


LIGHTING SPECIFIED


Martin: Exterior 410, Exterior 1200 Image Projector, MaxModule Cerebrum control panel, Ether2DMX8 router, M-PC editing add-on, M1 control desk


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