University at Buffalo North Campus

Stadium Lighting

Amherst, NY

Project Highlights - Stadium Lighting Design

The UB Bulls Division 1 football stadium required a sports lighting and control equipment renovation in their 23rd year of establishment. The existing metal halide sports lighting system was past useful life and had developed pole structural damage. The complete system replacement was funded by energy saving and maintenance cost payback, along with over $40,000 in utility energy rebates. Energy savings were accomplished by both fixture technology upgrades and control system design. The multi-use facility required the highest illumination levels for HD ESPN broadcast during Football, in hand with collegiate NCAA illumination levels for soccer, and track and field. 

The control system developed by M/E allowed for (3) levels of owner automated and controlled tunable lighting to accomplish a wide range of campus stadium usage while minimizing lighting energy usage. M/E developed an emergency lighting system that allowed for a safer patron experience during games in the event of a power failure. M/E provided construction documents, energy analysis, and utility rebate documentation.


This stadium lighting design project was developed in a fast-track timeframe that required the stadium lighting to be designed and installed prior to the 2010 UB Bulls season opener. Several coordination challenges were overcome that included existing ceiling conditions, coordination with security design requirements, and the complete exterior North Campus light level survey, calculations, and modeling.


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