The Lighting Control Innovation Award was created in 2011 as part of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Illumination Awards program, which recognizes professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design. LCA is proud to sponsor the Lighting Control Innovation Award, which recognizes projects that exemplify the effective use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications.
This month, we will explore the role that lighting controls play at the recently renovated Madison Square Garden. Lighting control design by Steve Peterson of ME Engineers. Photography by Steve Peterson and Barbizon Electric’s Colin Colfer. Lighting and controls by Barbizon Electric and Electronic Theatre Controls.
In October 2013, after three years of construction, Madison Square Garden (MSG) unveiled its $1 billion renovation which featured a state-of-the-art lighting system upgrade.
The MSG lighting control system is the largest of it’s kind featuring a single customized interface that speaks to all aspects of the building including sports lighting, arena seating, retail, clubhouse, private suites, concessions, hallways and even the bathrooms.
57 different lighting panels each driving different load types and communicate via a common bi-directional network protocol.
Traditional arena control systems feature multiple subsystems on a single building management backbone. MSG is unique because there are no subsystem, instead everything speaks the same network control protocol and is fully integrated into a central server.
By providing a central repository for system configurations, logging the complications of any lighting load can easily be managed. With error logging and reporting as well as user notification it’s simple to know what the status of the system is.
Detailed load reporting allows the system to log power usage for historical tracking and real-time monitoring.
MSG is design to support two separate network wiring loops, one upper floor, the other around the ground level creating a fully redundant wiring design when vertical risers pass each other. This kind of backup design is less common in arenas and better resembles designs found in a large theme park.
The large format graphical user interface displays detailed information for each level including real-time error popups for any circuit experience power loss.
Not only is the sheer size of the system unique but the pace in which the venue changes from one kind of event to another is unprecedented. This system support multiple operators programming different kinds of productions in a single day. It’s a one-of-a-kind design worthy of the building title, “World’s Most Famous Arena.”