Mike Crawford, formerly a senior executive from Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts Co. and Walt Disney Co., has been named the new CEO for Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.

He will lead the long-term development of the $889 million mixed-use project underway around the campus of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The once-in-a-lifetime project is being led by a partnership between the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Industrial Realty Group (IRG), and M. Klein & Co. This project began just over two years ago, in the final quarter of 2016. Michael Eck served as interim CEO on behalf of the stakeholders and M. Klein & Co. during the foundational building period. The long-term partnership between Johnson Controls and the Hall of Fame Village is a $100 million-plus agreement to create the first-ever sports and entertainment smart city. The completion of the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village coincides with the National Football League’s 100th season in 2019 and the Centennial Celebration on Sept. 17, 2020.

“I am very excited that we have a tremendously talented and enormously experienced executive like Mike Crawford to quarterback the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village team,” said David Baker, Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO. “He has a long track record of starting, leading, and rebuilding organizations and is noted for his expertise in strategic planning, new business development, operation management, and proven negotiation skills. He will make Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village a world-class and state-of-the-art destination center.”



Progress on the project includes approximately $250 million of construction that has resulted in the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, which was designed both as a sports stadium and a concert venue.

“We began by listening to the outcomes the Hall of Fame desired — an enhanced fan experience, an optimized and energy-efficient building, low impact on the environment, and the capability of creating new revenue-generating opportunities,” said Fraser Engerman, director of Media Relations, Johnson Controls. “The stadium was designed with those outcomes in mind and with foundational, future-ready technologies that will provide an enhanced fan experience everywhere in the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.”

According to him, the company took the project on in an effort to demonstrate its technology solutions for making cities smarter, safer, more secure, and more comfortable in a real-world setting.

“This venue provides us with a working showcase and lab,” said Engerman. “The solutions we provide at the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village are exactly like those that are helping customers from Canton, Ohio, to cities around the world.”



There are 10 components in the Smart City (see sidebar), and Johnson Controls is providing the building management systems, HVAC equipment, fire and security systems, and other technologies. According to the company, the result will be significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions and energy efficiency improvements.

“More than 2,000 football fields (213,333 yards) of fiber optic and copper cabling have been installed for current and future connectivity for smart systems and technologies deployed throughout the project,” said Engerman. “This is roughly 10 to 15 percent of the total cabling that will be laid for the entire Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.”

The features of this technology are as follows.

  • The network infrastructure enables the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village to run effectively as development continues. The wide-band, multimode fiber technology creates a network backbone that accommodates innovative new technologies to maximize both fan experience and building performance.
  • High-density Wi-Fi, powered by Extreme Networks, allows simultaneous access for 23,000 fans.
  • Although the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village is still in development, the foundational security elements for the stadium are installed and operational.
  • Real-time feed to the command and control center.
  • Addressable alarms, card access, stadium-wide mass notification, and life safety systems.
  • 155 high-definition IP surveillance cameras are strategically placed throughout the venue, providing a real-time security feed to the command and control center, ensuring the security of visitors and the administrative area of the stadium.
  • Fully digital fire systems, security systems, and other connected life safety technologies ensure a world-class stadium environment for fans today and accommodates evolving security technology for the future.
  • IP-enabled Metasys® building automation system connects the HVAC, lighting, security, and protection systems — allowing the Hall of Fame to make smarter operational decisions and ensuring its investment is future-ready while enhancing fans’ comfort and safety.

“The Metasys building automation system will provide energy management data, making the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village a truly converged smart city,” said Engerman. “Utilizing various data from the HVAC equipment, meter data, utility information, and weather, the building efficiency platform offers a variety of applications to help meet energy management and building performance needs.”



While constructing the plans for this Smart City, Johnson controls engaged in early collaboration between the owner and the design and constructions teams. Each shared information based on data and made decisions in regard to the findings.

“With deliberate expert attention applied early during the planning phase, pitfalls can be avoided, and the buildings can be designed, delivered, and maintained in a way that achieves the owner’s defined outcome well into the future,” said Engerman. “In this case, Johnson Controls was selected as a single point of responsibility for technologies early in the process. Having someone who can provide critical continuity throughout pre-construction, implementation, installation, and service ensures buildings have the necessary equipment and systems uptime and reliability so that the systems live up to their full potential and support any future innovations while protecting the existing investment.”

To manage the buildings, there will be planned maintenance schedules, and the company will use predictive and diagnostic monitoring. This will allow Johnson Controls to leverage building data to make recommendations for performance improvement.

“We always get excited about the opportunity to deliver outcomes in buildings through technology integration,” said Engerman. “The digitization of our world — both personal and business — is picking up speed, transforming and challenging the construction industry to look beyond the physical infrastructure of a building and instead, look at the purpose and vision for the building in order to drive better outcomes. Just as you build a physical infrastructure to accommodate a future workforce, it’s also essential to install the intelligent infrastructure and bandwidth that will handle future innovation. Not to mention the evolving demands and expectations of a technology savvy staff.”


10 Components to the Smart City

Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village is comprised of 10 major components that will be integrated through technology to subtlety and seamlessly share the values from the game — commitment, integrity, courage, respect, and excellence — with guests in a way that will impact their lives.

  • Hall of Fame Museum — The Pro Football Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution, works collaboratively with the NFL, the 32 clubs, and other entities.
  • Black College Football Hall of Fame — The Black College Football Hall of Fame will have a permanent home at the Pro Football Hall of Fame to tell the story of historically black colleges and universities.
  • Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium — The sports and entertainment complex holds 23,000 fans and features an NFL-caliber press box, world-class hospitality experiences, and it is built in an amphitheater style to serve as an elite concert venue.
  • National Youth Football and Sports Complex — The complex will include eight state-of-the-art turf fields that will be multipurposed, lighted, and equipped with the latest technology and video capabilities.
  • Hall of Fame Hotel — The football-themed, 243-room Hall of Fame Hotel will be a one-of-a-kind upscale hotel. The property is part of Hilton’s Curio Collection and will be managed by Crestline Hotels & Resorts.
  • Hall of Fame Promenade — Centrally located at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, it will include retail, restaurants (including a Shula’s Steakhouse and the “World’s Greatest Sports Bar”), office space, and residential.
  • The Center for Excellence — The Center for Excellence will be home to the Coaches University, the Institute for the Integrity of Officiating, the Academy of Corporate Excellence, and the Center for Athletic Performance and Safety (care, wellness, rehab, research, and safety).
  • Performance Center — The Performance Center will feature a 100-yard indoor football field and a configuration for a basketball arena. It will also feature 80,000 square feet of conventional space.
  • Player Care Center — The cutting-edge facility will provide a wide range of health services and also include Legends Landing, a football-themed independent living, assisted living, and memory care active senior care facility for retired Hall of Famers and members of the NFL’s Legends Community.
  • Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Experience — The Hall of Fame Experience will be an indoor, interactive, and immersive amusement park for football along with a massive football-themed waterpark.


Publication date: 1/14/2019

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