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This new renovation conveys the University’s intent to reach and recruit

new basketball talent into their program while telling the stories that brought them here.

Celebrating the final phase of renovation at State Farm Center, the University of Illinois partnered with Dimensional Innovations to design a space paying tribute to over a century of basketball history. The Mannie L. Jackson Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame is a place to inspire all fans and future athletes and highlight the hundreds of athletes that define the legacy, energy, and stories of the Fighting Illini.

 

Located near the main entry, the 1,500 square foot, U-shaped space tells its story through three lenses: The Game, The Teams and The Fans.

In The Game exhibition area, exhibits focus on individual players, coaches, and winning moments, through displays of past and current uniforms, memorabilia, and a large interactive display for viewing player stats and clips. The Teams exhibit tells the story of four influential team’s history. Dedicated cases span the south wall, each with a large graphic print commemorating key players. The third zone celebrates The Fans and history which made everything possible, extending directly into the main concourse through an operable wall.

 

A large white wall wraps the central core, helping to open up the dark space while highlighting historic artifacts and joining the three zones together. Operable glass panels and removable resin casts allow the University to replace artifacts with new memorabilia.

Opposite the core, four large orange cases highlight four special teams seasons. Glass and aluminum cases feature printed text panels and glass shelves, fully customizable for future trophies.

 

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Drew Berst

Drew Berst

Practice Director - Collegiate Sports

Drew Berst is the Practice Director for Collegiate Sports at Dimensional Innovations and is incredibly proud to lead a team that has achieved over 400% revenue growth while also tripling their market share since 2015. Success had been... more about Drew Berst Drew Berst Drew Berst Practice Director - Collegiate Sports

Drew Berst is the Practice Director for Collegiate Sports at Dimensional Innovations and is incredibly proud to lead a team that has achieved over 400% revenue growth while also tripling their market share since 2015. Success had been driven by DI’s unique, design-build approach to project delivery, master brand planning partnerships, and interactive technology experiences in addition to their traditional work in facility graphics and branding.

At DI, Berst is the single point of accountability for all collegiate sports clients and his main focus is to live and breathe college sports, in other words, keep doing what he has been doing his entire life. Professionally, Berst has been working in the sports facility industry for over 12 years and has been involved in over $2 billion worth of athletic facility projects.

Berst was born and raised in Kansas City and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, as well as an MBA from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. He’s steadfast in his belief that there is no such thing as a family vacation, unless a sporting event is involved.

Most importantly, Berst is a husband to Betsy and a parent to three girls – Edie, Nora and Margot.

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Eric Buckels

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