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    The Hurricanes' Microclimate

    Creating the perfect conditions for all kinds of entertainment

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    • PNC Arena case study

      Mastering the environment for maximum comfort and efficiency

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      The challenge

      Home to the Carolina Hurricanes and the North Carolina State Wolfpack, PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC also hosts a myriad of other events ranging from major concert tours to family shows on ice, all of which require unique optimal conditions. 

      Hosting such varied events in a single day and managing the facility can sometimes get very complicated. But switching from a basketball court to an ice hockey rink, and then to a stage show with special smoke effects, can be much easier with the right tools.


      The solution

      Schneider Electric’s BMS helps PNC Arena master its environment by allowing full control and automation of all the HVAC components: fans, motors, the air intake and outtake, humidifiers and dehumidifiers.  

      It allows for real-time, precise monitoring of the arena, and for changes to be automated through the push of a button. It contributes to creating the optimal conditions that meet the requirements  of the NHL or the NCAA, and helps cut down on energy costs by managing energy more wisely.

      “Everything we do here is driven from the fans’ perspective. Their comfort and enjoyment is of paramount importance.”
      Dave Olsen, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the PNC Arena

      Schneider Electric Solutions and Key facts

      Key facts:

      - 770,000 square feet
      - 165+ events hosted annually
      - A fully controlled and automated environment
      - Not a single game cancelled due to poor playing conditions
      - A $300,000 decrease in utility bills over the last 6 years is credited mostly to Schneider Electric’s BMS

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      Project Snapshots

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