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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.”

 

Testimonials

"UConn Basketball has a tradition that is unmatched, and we sought a design that would reflect this success. DI utilized a combination of digital, static and light elements to create an impressive footprint to further tell our story."

Evan Feinglass, Associate Director of Athletics / Facilities Management & Planning

"These elements, along with the unique interactive digital displays helped our programs share and highlight their rich history. The DI team listened to our coaching staff and leadership, helping to take their visions forward to reality."

Evan Feinglass, Associate Director of Athletics / Facilities Management & Planning

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Drew Berst

Drew Berst

Executive Director - Collegiate Sports

Drew Berst is an Executive Director and oversees the Collegiate Sports, Higher Education and Healthcare practices at Dimensional Innovations. Berst lives and breathes college sports and is the single point of accountability for all... more about Drew Berst Drew Berst Drew Berst Executive Director - Collegiate Sports

Drew Berst is an Executive Director and oversees the Collegiate Sports, Higher Education and Healthcare practices at Dimensional Innovations.

Berst lives and breathes college sports and is the single point of accountability for all collegiate clients. Professionally, Berst has been working in the sports facility industry for over twelve years and has been involved in over $2 billion worth of athletic facility projects. Leading the team to over 400% revenue growth and tripling the company’s market share since 2015, he’s attributes DI’s unique, design-build approach to project delivery, master brand planning partnerships, facility graphics, branding and interactive technology experiences to his success.

Drew is also passionate about creating soothing and remarkable experiences within the healthcare field. Understanding that positive distractions and immersive environments can drastically alter how patients receive care, Berst works alongside health system executives, physicians, practitioners and medical teams to ensure each experience meets both hospital and patient expectations.

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

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

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