Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
"Awesome...Impressive...Spectacular" are just some of the words visitors use to describe the new Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which officially opened to the public on September 28, 2002. An estimated 5,000 people were on hand that day to see several former basketball players, including Los Angeles Lakers legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson, as he was inducted into the new, 45 million dollar facility.

Fans of all ages can easily lose themselves for hours within the three-story, spherical museum. The main hall has 35,000 square feet of exhibit space for memorabilia and artifacts, stores, gift shops, and a basketball-themed McDonald's restaurant. Kids especially enjoy checking out the full-size "Center Court" for some shooting, passing and other skill challenges. Visitors to the second floor's high-tech attractions can measure their vertical leap, sit in the broadcaster's seat, coach a team to victory and even play a game of "Virtual Hoops".

In addition to entertainment, the Hall of Fame provides a vast library of educational information. Its ongoing efforts collect, preserve, display and make accessible the materials that document basketball's history from its founding in 1891 - by the museum's namesake, Dr. James Naismith - to the present. A specially constructed theatre continually shows films depicting the lives of more than 240 Hall of Famers, and interactive kiosks loaded with Hall of Fame information and trivia are located throughout the museum.

Creating this state-of-the-art interactive museum required the teamwork, dedication and stamina of a squad of talented organizations and companies, each with its own area of expertise. Boston's Bargmann Hendire and Archetype, Inc., the architectural firm behind this visionary project, faced many unique design and specification requirements, especially when it came to the museum's 200-seat theater.

The theater is adjoined by rooms filled with high levels of noise and music stemming from exhibits and visitor traffic. To provide adequate insulation of sound inside and outside the theater, Bargmann enlisted the expertise of Krieger Specialty Products, a door and window manufacturer that supplied such premier installations as the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, the Experience Music Museum in Seattle and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, scheduled to open in Fall 2003.

Krieger worked with Bargmann to assess the theatre's needs and manufactured four sets of double doors that form two vestibules with an overall STC-56 rating. Each door was additionally fitted with cam lift hinges to provide a sound control seal at the threshold of the door. A cam lift hinge raises the door during the opening cycle and lowers the door during the closing cycle, providing a completely sound control seal against a special threshold affixed to the floor.

The theater's acoustical doors had to be fabricated with heavy gauge steel skins to eliminate any resonant frequency, and are equipped with exit devices and "push/pull" automatic operators, which when combined with cam-lift hinges result in quiet, easy operation.

According to Steve Cary, operations manager of the facility, the theater is one of the quietest rooms in the museum, and he often uses the projection room to make phone calls or answer pages when he is not in his office. The doors and hardware blend well with the museum's modern lines and the oversized height of 7'10" accommodates basketball players of all sizes.

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame development was led by the City of Springfield, Massachusetts. A marketing survey predicts that over 400,000 people will visit the Hall in its first year, four times its previous visitor levels. It promises to provide an unforgettable experience to all who go.
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