FC Cincinnati Training Facility

Custom IT Infrastructure Design for New Center Driving the Rise of Soccer in the United States

One of North America’s premier soccer training centers, the Mercy Health Training Center in Milford, Ohio is home to the FC Cincinnati Major League Soccer Team. The $30 million, 24-acre facility designed by MSA Sport includes three full-size, lighted soccer fields and a goalkeeper-specific training area. The design was inspired by the mission and values of FC Cincinnati – winning team, family-friendly and community-minded – and represents a progressive, environmentally sustainable, modern aesthetic reflective of the rise of the sport of soccer in America. In the design process, the MSA Sport design team benchmarked training grounds across the world, including the best in Europe, South America and Asia.

The Team is housed in a 30,000-square-foot multilevel building, with a separate 4,000-square-foot space for FC Cincinnati Academy’s youth team along with a 3,000-square-foot maintenance facility. The Center’s design encourages selective interaction between the two teams and serves as an inspiration for the youth players as they pursue their dreams of competing at a professional level. Other key design features include state-of-the-art sports performance areas, a full-service athletic training suite, a double-height fitness facility and a media production studio with work areas. The design plan also calls for a 500-seat covered stadium to host scrimmages and FCC Academy games to support the regional youth soccer movement.

Level-1 Global Solutions and BCL IT Consulting Joint Venture (Level-1+BCL JV) delivered the IT, wireless, A/V and Security design for the Training Facility through the Construction Management At Risk (CMR) method, an innovative approach to construction project delivery that involves working during the initial planning/pre-construction phases within a defined schedule at a fixed price. This makes it possible to assess and meet project specifications and requirements prior to bid rather than right before construction begins.

Level-1+BCL JV worked closely with FC Cincinnati to identify the Center’s unique IT requirements and provided solutions to meet their IT infrastructure and A/V equipment needs by incorporating customized design elements that aligned with their master plan. Level-1+BCL JV also conferred with FC Cincinnati IT on the locations of the tech closets, relocated the data center off-site and connected temporary spaces to the existing network. The project was completed using Building Information Modeling (BIM) software in collaboration with the Center’s architect.

Level-1+BCL JV’s design solution offers high density, high capacity wireless coverage and IT infrastructure to support the building’s IT usage for the next 10 years and A/V to meet the needs of the spaces for staff and athletes.

BCL IT Consulting, a certified women business enterprise, is Cincinnati’s top IT and security designer with 25 years of experience creating environments that are optimized for the future.

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