Revitalizing Ohio State University’s Archie Griffin Ballroom in Fleeting Deadline


Ohio State University

Revitalizing Ohio State University’s Archie Griffin Ballroom in Fleeting Deadline


The Ohio State University (OSU) is a public research university located in Columbus, Ohio. OSU serves more than 46,000 undergraduates and offers more than 160 majors. OSU was seeking an integrator to complete a technical renovation for a 1,500-seat ballroom at the university’s Union, within a minimal 16-day timeline.


Ohio State had a fleeting deadline and required project completion within a 16-day, on-site, school break period. The strict deadline served to meet the heavily-booked schedule for the 900-person event space.


New Era Technology’s solutions included new wiring for audio, video, and lighting control, replacement of the current speaker system and a 190+ dimming system and replacing six video screens and projectors with hidden ceiling elevators. Through fiber-optic connectors, New Era’s team of experts connected the ballroom to the Performance Hall and Conference Theatre. Along with other tasks to complete the renovation, New Era delivered on all solutions and completed the project one day ahead of schedule.


The Office of Student Life at OSU was charged with a “ten-year refresh” for the Ballroom. Ohio State brought forward a list of problems, identified their desires for the renovation, and outlined their budget to New Era Technology. The scope and daunting 16-day timeline for this renovation required an integrator skilled in coordination and planning. Ohio State chose New Era Technology based on previous performance and positive experiences in working together on other projects New Era had completed for OSU.


Combining multiple new systems along with connectivity for audio and video between the ballroom, a performance hall, and theatre within a 16-day deadline was no minor task.The success of this project stemmed from New Era Technology’s commitment to planning out each task and advanced programming prior to arriving on-site and ensuring OSU’s staff was comfortable with the use of the new technology.

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