Oral Roberts University (ORU) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is renowned globally for its diverse educational offerings and multicultural campus environment. Home to the Golden Eagles and sixteen national intercollegiate athletics teams, ORU has a rich history of nurturing elite athletes. To provide their students with the best possible resources, ORU recently unveiled the state-of-the-art Mike Carter Athletic Center (MCAC), a 50,000 square-foot facility designed to replace the outdated training and academic spaces.
Strength in Technology
Technology plays a pivotal role in ORU’s strategy, and they turned to PPDS who exclusively market and sell Philips-branded professional displays worldwide under license from Koninklijke Philips N.V., and its partner and cloud-based communications provider specializing in learning environments, NWN Carousel, to deliver cutting-edge visual solutions. These solutions were aimed at enhancing communication opportunities, including site and campus messaging, marketing, branding, and advanced learning capabilities for students and athletes.
Digital Signage Displays: To provide full visibility throughout the gym area, 10 x 43” Philips D-Line digital signage displays were strategically placed, ensuring that all workout areas and machines were well-equipped with visual aids.
Academic Center’s Main Reception: The second floor of the Athletic Center boasts a striking 75” Philips D-Line display, serving as the focal point of the Academic Center’s main reception area. It welcomes students and offers valuable branding and marketing opportunities to visitors.
Immersive Team Room Experience: Inside the Academic Center’s Team Room, an awe-inspiring 16ft x 9ft 1.5 pixel pitch Philips 6000 Series dvLED wall steals the spotlight. Capable of displaying content beyond 8K and supporting high refresh rates, this installation ensures an optimal viewing experience for every student, regardless of their seating position.
Efficiency in Execution
One of the remarkable achievements of this project was its efficiency. Thanks to PPDS’ precision planning and execution, the project was completed in just two days, halving the originally agreed-upon timeline. As a result, the ORU MCAC officially opened its doors in May of this year.
Ron Lee, Director of Infrastructure, Cyber Security, Oral Roberts University: “I first met the PPDS team during a day of meetings at InfoComm to try and find a solution that met our needs. That’s where the relationship started. The team took the time to show me the construction of these panels, how well designed and how well built they were, and how easily serviceable they would be once installed, thanks to the modular design. I was very impressed with the quality of construction and the design.”
Ken Thompson, Solutions Architect at NWN Carousel: “From day one, PPDS has been fantastic at outlining the key parts of the installation to ensure its success. Having the communication between PPDS, the ORU team and ourselves, made for a seamless deployment.”
Mitch Rosenberg, Director of dvLED at PPDS: “Teamwork on this project was imperative, and our great relationships with both NWN Carousel and ORU made this one of the smoothest installations we’ve seen. We spoke with all teams on multiple occasions before we set foot on site, and by the time we did, we knew exactly where everything was, the mounting hardware had already been installed, so it was a flawless installation. We estimated this project would take around four days, and it took just two. Everything was perfect.”
The partnership between ORU, PPDS, and NWN Carousel has resulted in a transformative upgrade to the Mike Carter Athletic Center. Through the deployment of cutting-edge visual solutions, students and athletes at ORU now have access to state-of-the-art facilities that enhance their learning and training experiences. This collaboration not only exemplifies the power of technology in education but also showcases the efficiency and precision that can be achieved through strong teamwork.
The future of ORU’s athletic and academic excellence has never looked brighter.