PPDS brings the power of Philips professional displays to new $15m ‘state-of-the-art’ Oral Roberts University Athletic Center in Oklahoma

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PPDS, the exclusive global provider of Philips professional displays and complementary solutions, has announced its advanced range of Philips Signage D-Line digital displays and Philips LED 6000 Series L-Line direct view LED displays have been selected and installed inside the spectacular new $15m Mike Carter Athletic Center at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a globally recognized Christian university, offering more than 150 different programs, and is one of the most diverse and multicultural college settings in America, with more than 5,000 students from over 145 nations, representing all 50 US states.

Home to the Golden Eagles, as well as sixteen national intercollegiate athletics teams (including basketball, baseball, soccer, track and field, and tennis), the ORU has a proud history of developing elite-level sporting professionals, with former students representing giants such as the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, and Milwaukee Brewers, among others. To stay on top, and help students maximise their potential – whether for recreation or as aspiring professional athletes – the new 50,000ft2 ORU Mike Carter Athletic Center (MCAC) was built to replace the “old and outdated” training and academic facility. 

Opened in April, the MCAC is now hailed as among the best facilities in the world, featuring basketball practice courts, administrative and coaching offices, a 10,000ft2 performance area, plus the ELI (Education, Learning, Integrity) Academic Center, which includes individual and group study areas, and dedicated team rooms.

Strength in depth

With technology key to the ORU’s strategy and strengths, PPDS and partner, NWN Carousel – a cloud-based communications provider specializing in learning environment technologies, were entrusted to devise and deliver a range of ‘state-of-the-art’, highly flexible and fully-tailorable visual solutions, to bring uncompromised, next level communication opportunities, including site and campus messaging, marketing and branding, facilitating advanced learning capabilities for students and athletes.

Installed inside the Athletic Center’s ground floor sports performance area were 10 x 43” Philips D-Line digital signage displays. These impressive displays have been strategically placed throughout the gym area, providing full visibility for all workout areas and machines. 

On the second floor, an unmissable wall-mounted 75” Philips D-Line display has been installed in the Academic Center’s main reception area, greeting students as they enter, and providing valuable branding and marketing opportunities to visitors. 

A few more steps inside, a stunning 16ft x 9ft 1.5 pixel pitch Philips 6000 Series dvLED wall stars as the centrepiece for the Academic Center’s Team Room. Capable of displaying content beyond 8K, and supporting refresh rates as high as 3840 Hz, students in the room are guaranteed a smooth and clear viewing experience of even the smallest details. This ensures an optimum viewing experience wherever a student is sitting in the room.  

Furthermore, with PPDS’ precision planning and execution, the project was completed in just two days – halving the originally agreed timeline – with the new ORU MCAC officially opening its doors in May 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 added: “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. concluded: “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.

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