Hickory, NC, USA (March 14, 2012) /BUSINESS WIRE/ — While museum lovers eagerly await the 2013 opening of the Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas, TX, USA, CommScope is working behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for the communications infrastructure supporting the ultra-modern facility.
Already a standout on the city’s skyline, the Perot Museum features an innovative “floating cube” design by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne. The 180,000-square-foot and 170 foot tall building houses 11 state-of-the-art exhibition halls, a digital cinema, six learning labs, an observation deck, outdoor play space and more. The museum also features environmentally-friendly LED lighting, a rainwater collection system, solar-powered hot water heating and a sustainable landscape of trees and plants native to Texas. Application to green-building certification programs, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is underway.
At the heart of the facility and essential to its day-to-day operations lies a complete CommScope solution powering all of the museum’s wired and wireless communications. CommScope technology will underpin everything – from touch-screen, interactive exhibits to the box office – and provide cellular coverage throughout. In addition, the solution includes infrastructure to support a VoIP phone system, as well as building management and security applications.
“Every aspect of this building was designed and engineered to provide the most modern, cutting-edge experience possible – now and into the future,” said Justin Ashford, the museum’s director of technology. “Our communications infrastructure was no different. Having previously worked with CommScope on the new Dallas Cowboys stadium, where they exceeded expectations, it was an easy choice to bring them in on another high-profile project.”
As part of the museum’s in-building communications solution, CommScope is providing design and project management through its Global Services team. Installation includes 200,000 end-to-end feet of Category 6 cabling and a distributed antenna system for blanketed wireless coverage.
“CommScope understands modern building construction and how to design a high-performance, reliable solution for major public venues like the Perot Museum,” said Laurie Oswald, vice president, North American Enterprise Sales, CommScope. “We’ve outfitted arenas and stadiums around the world. This project has special significance to us because the museum is in our own backyard – Dallas, near the main offices of our global Enterprise division.”
The Perot Museum is named for Margot and Ross Perot as a result of a 2008 gift of $50 million made by the Perot children in honor of their parents. Together with additional donations from area businesses, individuals, private and public foundations, the Museum announced that it met the $185 million fundraising goal in November 2011, making the dream of this ambitious project a reality.
CommScope has played a role in virtually all the world’s best communication networks. We create the infrastructure that connects people and technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end solutions includes critical infrastructure our customers need to build high-performing wired and wireless networks. As much as technology changes, our goal remains the same: to help our customers create, innovate, design, and build faster and better. We’ll never stop connecting and evolving networks for the business of life at home, at work, and on the go. www.commscope.com
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE
The Museum of Nature & Science – the result of a unique merger in 2006 between the Dallas Museum of Natural History, The Science Place and the Dallas Children’s Museum – is an AAM-accredited non-profit educational organization located in Dallas’ Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The facility also includes the TI Founders IMAX® Theater and a cutting-edge digital planetarium. The Museum of Nature & Science is supported in part by funds from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the Texas Commission on the Arts and HP. The Museum of Nature & Science also is building a new $185 million museum on a 4.7-acre site in Victory Park to complement the Fair Park facilities. www.natureandscience.org