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There is no better college basketball tradition in the country,

and we needed to have a representation of that."

David Benedict, Director of Athletics, University of Connecticut

With the upcoming opening of the Werth Family Basketball Center at The University of Connecticut, DI was presented with the opportunity to design and build a space where the school’s history of excellence could be celebrated and shared among fans, employees, and athletes. Ranging from interactive learning components to trophy displays, the project was to serve as a “reminder to our players what the standards are at UConn—competing and playing like a champion.” —Dan Hurley, Men’s Basketball Head Coach, UConn

75,000

square-foot athletic facility with an entire wing dedicated to the success of the program.

2

weeks of dedicated installation to create a remarkable experience for fans, donors, alumni, coaches, and student-athletes.

 

The brand new 75,000-plus square-foot athletic facility is one of the most ambitious projects taken on by the University. Featuring two separate wings for the men’s and women’s basketball programs, the building also includes a centralized common area for academic support, sports medicine, practice facilities, video analysis theaters, and strength training areas.

To complete this landmark facility, the DI team designed and built the Hall of Champions. Located in a visually-stunning lobby, it features a vitrine display of all NCAA trophies representing the four men’s championships and nine women’s titles. Technology is expertly weaved throughout the space using displays and touch screens, in addition to a photo opportunity for guests.

The DI team worked tirelessly to both design and install this incredible experience. Said Geno Auriemma, UConn Women’s Basketball Head Coach, “what was able to be accomplished in two weeks was really, really a feat of incredible commitment.”

 

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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.

Michael Ropp

Michael Ropp

Account Director

Michael is responsible for creating new partnerships in facility enhancement with professional sporting organizations in Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, in addition to institutions and athletic departments on... more about Michael Ropp Michael Ropp Michael Ropp Account Director

Michael is responsible for creating new partnerships in facility enhancement with professional sporting organizations in Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, in addition to institutions and athletic departments on collegiate campuses across the country.  

Having previously worked for professional sporting organizations and within a collegiate athletic department, Michael understands how branded environments can create a competitive advantage for organizations, athletic departments and institutions. Michael consults with new and existing clients on the value of DI’s turn key design build and technologies capabilities in order to create remarkable experiences for fans, visitors, students and guests.

 
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