The Lighting Control Innovation Award was created in 2011 as part of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Illumination Awards program, which recognizes professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design. LCA is proud to sponsor the Lighting Control Innovation Award, which recognizes projects that exemplify the effective use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications.
This month, we explore a dynamic lighting controls installation at Holyoke Community College – Campus Center in Holyoke, MA. Lighting control design by Ripman Lighting Consultants. Photography by Chris Ripman/Spaceshots, Inc. Lighting controls by Crestron.
This community college campus extends across a hillside. Buildings are interconnected, but the internal circulation up and down the hill was labyrinthine, ill-defined, and claustrophobic.
In addition to standard room controls and timed sequences-of-operation, this project incorporates two animated “clocks” to provide orientation, hourly and seasonally, and animated bridge lighting that is normally blue but chases slowly across the bridge at a walking pace in white when triggered by occupancy sensors at either end. The white chase holds static until the sensors release, and then the bridge chases back to blue.
Inside the vestibules at top and bottom of the vertical circulation spine, pendant steel channels conceal individually programmable puck lighting driven by the seasonal clock.
This shows the previous condition wraparound strips in pan-joist coffers. The challenge was to give the spine a distinctive, more spacious character than other spaces.
To conceal new wiring, plywood infill panels with mirrored undersides were installed in coffers over circulation. Animated vertical bars pulse steadily, changing color every season.
Custom tubes with white downlights and RGBW internal lighting mount flush to the mirrored ceiling. The tubes sweep colors on the hour, when classes change.
The tubes are visually strong enough that the eye reads them as double height, rising right through the remaining visible web of concrete fins.
The project received a COO on schedule. The animated effects survived serious VE. Building LPD is only 0.80W/sq.ft. (89% of code).