The Miami HEAT and AmericanAirlines Arena have been named the first-ever Environmental Innovators of the Year in the NBA category by the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), recognised for excellence in advancing the sport green movement through their ongoing implementation of sustainability elements in their venue.
DLR Group’s conversion of The HEAT’s XFINITY East Plaza into a green and sustainable year-round entertainment venue is one of the most visible representations of their commitment to sustainability and renewable energy systems.
In partnership with NRG Energy, DLR Group designed a 34,000 square foot solar canopy activating a unique amenity featuring 14 solar skylight rings with building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPVs), producing approximately 34,000 kW/Hr of energy per year. Each skylight contains a dynamic, colour-changing LED system creating a vibrant and high energy environment for fans within the plaza.
Inaugurated in January 2016, the new plaza is a technologically sophisticated net-zero, revenue-generating expansion, containing a bar, food and beverage locations, advertisement displays and retail outlets.
Dan Munn, DLR Group Global Energy + Engineering Leader, said:
As an organization, The Miami HEAT have been leaders for some time in their approach to facility management and sustainability. They were one of the first two basketball arenas to have LEED EBOM certification, an impressive accomplishment. When the canopy project was first conceptualized by The HEAT – it immediately became a goal to include renewable energy and to attempt to balance the energy consumption with energy production resulting in a net-zero energy expansion. Very forward thinking as an organization and proud to call The Miami HEAT a client.
The Environmental Innovators of the Year award was presented during the sixth annual Green Sports Alliance Summit on June 29 in Houston, Texas, USA.
About the Green Sports Alliance (GSA) & the Environmental Innovators of the Year awards
The Green Sports Alliance (GSA) is a non-profit collaboration comprised of venue operators, sports team executives and environmental scientists to exchange information about better practices and develop solutions to environmental challenges that are cost-competitive and innovative.
The Environmental Innovators of the Year awards recognises GSA member teams, venues, events or universities for their excellence in advancing the sports greening movement.
This year’s winners were:
- San Francisco 49ers/Levi’s Stadium (NFL)
- Miami Heat/American Airlines Arena (NBA)
- Seattle Mariners/Safeco Field (MLB)
- Vancouver Canucks/Rogers Arena (NHL)
- Houston Dynamo & Dash/BBVA Compass Stadium (MLS)
- University of Colorado Boulder (Collegiate)
- US Open Tennis Championships (Other Events/Leagues)
The GSA members represent more than 300 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues and 14 countries.
Since February of 2010, the Alliance has brought together venue operators, sports team executives and environmental scientists to exchange information about better practices and develop solutions to their environmental challenges that are cost-competitive and innovative. The information gathered from this collaboration is available to Alliance members in order that they gain a better understanding of how sporting events can be performed in an environmentally sensitive manner.
The GSA was conceived and founded by the Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Storm, Vancouver Canucks and the Natural Resources Defense Council with support from Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Green Building Services and Milepost Consulting.
If you work in the world of sport, you can join the GSA to share your insights and learn valuable strategies that will accelerate the environmental evolution of professional and collegiate sports.
The GSA’s annual conference, the Green Sports Alliance Summit, will next be held June 27-29, 2017, at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA, USA. For further information on the Summit, click here.
PanStadia & Arena Management magazine is proud to be an Official Media Partner to the GSA and for their Green Sports Alliance Summit.
In addition, the GSA is a Media Partner for our annual Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event.
AmericanAirlines Arena – Project stats:
Design Achievement – The new Solar Canopy on the East Plaza at AmericanAirlines Arena, home of the Miami HEAT, is DLR Group’s first renewable solar power system design at an NBA arena.
The design goal was to add a unique guest amenity to the arena and enhance fan engagement by promoting The HEAT’s commitment to sustainability and renewable energy systems.
The solar canopy allows the The HEAT to activate a new fan amenity space featuring a bar, food and beverage locations, advertisement displays, and retail outlets. The solar canopy integrates 14 solar skylight rings with building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPVs), a technology that embeds solar cells into sheets of clear glass. Concealed within the soffits of each skylight is a dynamic, color changing LED system. These programmable LEDs illuminate the skylight cavities to produce changing light patterns creating a vibrant and high energy environment for fans within the plaza. Fixtures are hidden from the direct view of occupants and are installed not only within solar skylights, but around the atrium and in the seating area adjacent to the bar.
Scope Summary – The Solar Canopy at AmericanAirlines Arena is a 24,000 square foot canopy housing 14 solar skylights, inserted directly above the Miami HEAT offices and two levels of parking. The solar skylights create a 19kW photovoltaic system producing approximately 34,000 kW/Hr of energy per year. The canopy covers a redefined outdoor amenity space at the east end of the arena overlooking Biscayne Bay. The canopy columns are constructed with internally routed utility distribution conduits and cabling to allow the team maximum flexibility for adding hospitality stations, Wi-Fi connections and LED screens for entertainment and locations for advertising key partners.
DLR Group provided architecture, structural engineering, electrical engineering and interior design services for the project.
Image of AmericanAirlines Arena (main pic, top) courtesy: DLR Group.
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