April 30, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State’s Basketball Training Facility was recognized in Signs of the Times magazine as it placed second in the Exhibits/Murals/Banner category of the publication’s national competition for its innovative design in the James and Laura Johnson Atrium and Berney Family Reception Center of the new $18 million state-of-the-art facility.
A joint project between Kansas City design firms Populous and Dimensional Innovations, the facility showcases K-State as one the nation’s premier basketball programs.
Dimensional Innovations was asked to be a design-assist and fabrication partner with Populous. Together, this team designed and built signage and wayfinding systems, branded environments, an interactive touchscreen video wall and a donor package that all work to bring the building to life.
“The K-State Basketball Training Facility is a premier facility for collegiate sports, a masterfully designed centerpiece for the program,” said Tucker Trotter, president of Dimensional Innovations. “Every area in the center is designed to engage visitors, recruits, current athletes, donors and fans. We were delighted to partner with both Populous and K-State on this project.”
With a three-screen by two-screen interactive touchscreen video wall comprised of six 40-inch LCD monitors, top-of-the line environmental graphics and custom-lit display cases, the Berney Family Reception Center of the K-State Basketball Training Facility sets the stage for the rest of this premier space.
The graphic package incorporates donor-recognition panels, signage and wayfinding that will undoubtedly help players develop a sense of pride in their program’s legacy. The system’s centerpiece, the James and Laura Johnson Atrium, entails a 23-ft.-long, LED-lit graphic wall, with four luminous trophy cases, a large-format, soffit graphic and a halo-lit Wildcat logo forged from stainless steel.
“We enjoyed working with Brian Mirakian at Populous and Justin Wood, Chadd Lowderman and Rick Smith at Dimensional Innovations on this project,” said K-State Associate AD for Ticketing and Fan Strategies Scott Garrett. “They all worked incredibly hard to tell the story of K-State Basketball and incorporate as much feedback from our men’s and women’s basketball programs as possible. We are proud that their attention to detail provided a special finishing touch on a world-class facility.”