When the new Atlanta Braves ballpark, SunTrust Park, opened for its first regular season home game in April 2017, fans were safer, more secure and comfortable due to products from UTC Climate, Controls & Security brands, including Carrier, Automated Logic, and Edwards — as well as Otis Elevator. The ballpark, which opened a few weeks ago for a pre-season game against the New York Yankees, is being touted as one of the most technologically advanced ballparks in the country. In addition to the more than 1,350 Wi-Fi access points and 30 LED displays (including a 64′ tall x 121′ wide center field video board) this ballpark contains building technologies that set SunTrust Park apart from other ballparks in the country.
“With our industry-leading products and unparalleled capability to create customized building solutions, UTC is uniquely positioned to design and deliver innovative products for mixed-use developments like the new SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta,” said Bob McDonough, president, UTC Climate, Controls & Security. “We are proud to be a part of this large-scale project and are excited to showcase the innovative, sustainable and intelligent solutions that were selected.”
“When we were looking for innovative building automation, safety and cooling solutions, the brands of UTC, like Automated Logic, Carrier, Edwards and Otis were a logical choice,” said Mike Plant, president, development, Atlanta Braves.
Technology and innovation can be found in many aspects of the ballpark, starting with an advanced building automation system. Just like the team manager, the Automated Logic WebCTRL® building automation system provides strategy, giving building engineers the ability to fully understand the operations of the building and analyze the results for enhanced situational awareness and operational efficiency. Specifically, the WebCTRL system is able to monitor all the building systems, including the Edwards and Carrier products that are installed at the ballpark.
In the event of an emergency, safety solutions from Edwards are on deck to keep visitors to SunTrust Park safer. The Edwards EST®3 emergency communications platform integrates fire alarm, security and mass notification/emergency communications (MNEC) functions into one system. A series of panels are customized by using an extensive selection of plug and play local rail modules. With support for 64 nodes of up to 2,500 devices each, the EST3 delivers a fast alarm response time.
The Edwards FireWorks® control system is able to provide real-time mass notification and insight into life safety and security events that may occur throughout the facility. FireWorks organizes life safety network information into visual on-screen quadrants that graphically display the facilities down to a single location. The FireWorks platform can be installed on a dedicated life safety network or on a facility’s network backbone to offer the tools needed to monitor, control and address emergency situations.
Behind the scenes, Carrier cooling and air handling systems ensure comfort throughout the ballpark’s facilities. Three Carrier AquaEdge® 19XRV centrifugal chillers provide large-scale, high-efficiency cooling. Also, 26 Carrier Aero® 39M air handling units and two custom 39CC units were installed throughout the complex. The recently reinvented Aero® 39M commercial air handler delivers greater flexibility and versatility through an expanded number of available sizes, configurations, and additional features.
Otis was selected to provide 26 transportation units at the stadium including 14 Gen2® elevators, which use flat belts instead of conventional ropes. This provides passengers with a more comfortable ride, greater reliability, more efficient operation and increased energy efficiency compared to roped elevators. Otis is also supplying 10 NCE energy-efficient, environmentally responsible escalator systems, one freight elevator and one service elevator.
Adjacent to the stadium, UTC building technologies are being installed throughout The Battery Atlanta, a 1.5 million square foot mixed-use development, featuring boutique shopping, chef-driven restaurants, an Omni Hotel, The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre, and 550 residences.