Johnson Controls named Smart Building Partner to help transform Quicken Loans Arena

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Updates to the nearly 25-year-old arena will improve fan experience and modernize the premier sports and entertainment facility

MILWAUKEE – (October 11, 2018) -- As Quicken Loans Arena, home to the National Basketball Association Cleveland Cavaliers, undergoes a major renovation project called “The Q Transformation” to update the nearly 25-year-old venue, Johnson Controls, a Smart Building Partner of the arena, will deliver smart, connected and sustainable building solutions to enhance the fan experience of the world-class venue.

Since its opening in 1994, Quicken Loans Arena has leveraged Metasys® Building Automation System from Johnson Controls to monitor and control building systems and drive energy and operational savings. In addition to Metasys, Johnson Controls will provide connected and efficient building systems and technologies for the arena’s renovation project, including HVAC equipment and fire systems. To help optimize the arena environment and maximize energy efficiency, Johnson Controls will also provide Chiller Plant Optimization, powered by OptimumEnergy and Metasys, which will ensure the central plant’s major components work optimally together.

"We are thrilled to help deliver a connected, sustainable arena that will enhance the fan experience and continue to provide a positive impact for the city of Cleveland, the community, neighborhoods and the region,” said Lisa Roy, vice president of commercial sales, Building Solutions North America, Johnson Controls. “The improvements will modernize the venue to maintain its world-class status, and help create a safer, more comfortable environment for the fans and staff inside the arena, far into the future.

The arena has also signed a professional service agreement with Johnson Controls to provide lifecycle services, including the maintenance and service of mechanical systems, building controls, and security and fire systems in Quicken Loans Arena and practice facilities. This will help prevent unexpected system downtime for uninterrupted operations, while reducing operational and maintenance costs.

“We’ve depended on building solutions from Johnson Controls since the arena opened nearly 25 years ago, and as we move into the future with an updated and modernized arena, we look forward to continuing our partnership to create a safe guest experience that will serve our fans and community for years to come,” said Antony Bonavita, Quicken Loans Arena senior vice president of facility operations.

The Q Transformation renovation project will be completed in October 2019 for the start of the Cavaliers 2019-20 NBA season.

To learn more about Quicken Loans Arena, click here.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 120,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms. For additional information, please visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions
Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions is making the world safer, smarter and more sustainable – one building at a time. Our technology portfolio integrates every aspect of a building – whether security systems, energy management, fire protection or HVACR – to ensure that we exceed customer expectations at all times. We operate in more than 150 countries through our unmatched network of branches and distribution channels, helping building owners, operators, engineers and contractors enhance the full lifecycle of any facility. Our arsenal of brands includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco®, YORK®, Metasys®, Ruskin®, Titus®, Frick®, PENN®, Sabroe®, Simplex® and Grinnell®. For more information, visit or follow @JCI_Buildings on Twitter.

About The Q Transformation
The Q Transformation is a major renovation project to update the Quicken Loans Arena (The Q) as it enters its 25th year of operation. The Q is home to the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, AHL Cleveland Monsters and over 200 ticketed events annually. The publicly-owned arena, located in the Gateway District in downtown Cleveland, is operated by the Cavaliers organization. The project is a partnership between the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the Cavaliers that will modernize the venue to maintain its elite status, enhance the fan experience, and continue to provide a positive impact for the city of Cleveland, the community and neighborhoods and the region over the long-term. The Q Transformation will extend the Cavs lease for seven more years through 2034, committing to the arena for at least 40 years since the team’s original lease, which is among the longest facility tenures in pro sports. The Q Transformation will help the arena and community compete for major national shows such as an NBA All-Star Game, large political conventions, NCAA events, and numerous other opportunities well into future. The transformation of Quicken Loans Arena will be completed for the start of the Cavaliers 2019-2020 NBA season. To learn more go to

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