Teaching An Old Building New Tricks: Smart Tech for Historic Spectator Venues

Buildings are built, they get old, torn down and replaced. That’s just the way things go. Some buildings, however, make such an impact on their occupants and their neighborhood that tearing them down becomes a much more difficult decision. The character these buildings embody creates sentiment that prevents them from being demolished even when they have potentially hazardous flaws. Today, smart technology offers innovative solutions but are they enough to teach an old building new tricks? Originally built in 1912, the same week the Titanic sunk, Boston’s historic Fenway Park has become a global sporting icon and a symbol of the city. Home to the Boston Red Sox baseball team the stadium attracts approximately three million visitors every year to its central Boston neighborhood. However, at the turn of the millennium, when ownership of the franchise transferred from the Jean R. Yawkey Trust to magnates John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino, the stadium was […]

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