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Renovating an icon

Madison Square Garden is dubbed "the world’s most famous arena" for a reason—or several. The 50-year-old drum-shaped sports and entertainment venue sits in the heart of midtown Manhattan atop North America’s busiest railroad station.

But because BBB Architects' $1 billion interior and exterior renovation included enhancements to MSG’s HVAC and air-intake systems, it also needed a better airflow solution. For an ordinary arena, an ordinary louver system might have worked just fine. But they don’t call it the "world’s most ordinary arena."

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Project: Madison Square Garden
Architect: BBB Architects
Product: Customized RSV-5700

To address these challenges, BBB worked with Construction Specialties to make a curved version of its vertical RSV-5700 Storm-Resistant Louver and test the new form in-house for air flow and storm resistance. The radiused louvers were then prefabricated and shipped to the customer's Long Island facility to be delivered to the arena as needed.

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  • Knowing how building louvers will perform is critical to ensuring that it will stand up to real-life conditions on the job. We have our own on-site test chamber that allows us to test to AMCA louver standards.

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    CS is pleased to introduce the first louvers system to be certified by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

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