Facility Profile - November 2008
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Hot Sports, Cool Solution

Hangar Athletic Xchange in Los Angeles

By Marie Confroy

It's no secret that many Americans are sports-crazed. No matter what time of year, there guarantees to be at least a couple of sports in season. With that type of prevalence, it's no surprise that multipurpose facilities are on the rise across the United States.

Hangar Athletic Xchange (HAX), a blend of high-end sports center and state-of-the-art training facility located in Southern California is one of the newest entrants to the category. It opened its doors to the public in July 2008.

"We actually had people just waiting for it to happen," said Jeff Herdman, CEO of HAX. "It is really one of the only kinds of these facilities in the country."

Built around basketball, the facility boasts six basketball courts, all purchased from the NCAA regional finals and the Final Four basketball tournament that took place this year. In addition to basketball, HAX boasts volleyball, a cardio entertainment room, a weight room, fitness studios and much more.

But with a little more than 75,000 square feet—approximately 45,000 of it being basketball courts—Hangar Athletic Xchange soon realized the need to cool down the building and distribute the air more evenly.

It was quickly decided that cost-wise and logistically, it was impossible to air-condition the courts. The solution was found in a manufacturer of industrial-grade ceiling fans, Kentucky-born and -bred Big Ass Fans.

"We did some research and came across Big Ass Fans at a tradeshow," Herdman said. "It just looked like a great alternative that was extremely energy-efficient."

The company employs high-volume/low-speed (HVLS) fan technology through a unique 10-blade design to produce consistent and uniform air movement, generating a column of air that hits the floor and is projected outward until it comes into contact with an obstruction, such as a wall, partition or column of air from another fan. From there, the air is pushed back upward, toward the ceiling and then back down between the fan blades for yet another cycle throughout the facility.

Although sizable in stature, the fans use only a 1 to 2 horsepower motor to more efficiently move air over large spaces. At the Hangar Athletic Xchange, three 24-foot-diameter fans were installed directly over the basketball courts.