College Planning & Management

DEC 2012

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CaseHistories RE AL-WORLD SOLU T IONS Ceiling Clouds Steal Show at Renovated Campus Theatre T HE 49-YEAR-OLD, 1,000-SEAT Ann Whitney Olin Theatre on the campus of Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL, recently underwent a complete renovation in which almost everything except the seats was removed and upgraded. During the planning stages, the project's design team from AAIC became enamored with the idea of using free-flowing shapes in conjunction with the existing shapes of the building. Believing that the major visual element of the exterior of the building was the curved roofline, the design team applied that visual to the ceilings, using curved metal ceiling systems throughout the interior. Included in the project was the installation of 2,000 sq. ft. of Serpentina Waves acoustical ceiling clouds from Armstrong, a curved, pre-engineered extruded aluminum ceiling system that features largescale panels and no visible grid. Designed to enhance both the aesthetics and acoustics of a space, the durable, three-dimensional ceiling system creates the appearance of a floating cloud, and imparts a clean, sleek, custom look even though it is created with standard readyto-assemble components. By using similar yet different ceiling curves, the design team was able to create continuity in a variety of spaces, including the entries on opposite sides of the building, the corridors, the new main lobby, and the theatre itself. Three different panel sizes were installed in the theater. All feature a Silver The durable, three-dimensional ceiling system creates the appearance of a floating cloud, and imparts a clean, sleek, custom look even though it is created with standard readyto-assemble components. Satin finish and all are perforated and backed with an acoustical fleece for improved sound control within the venue. The perforations are only 1/16 in. in diameter, which makes them virtually invisible. Aesthetically, the curved form of Serpentina Waves adds scale and dimension to the space while imparting a contemporary visual that makes the ceiling one of the more dramatic architectural features. www.armstrong.com/commceilingsna LED Retrofit Improves Sustainability on Campus T HE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON (UH) has a formal campus sustainability policy as well as a sustainability task force. Sustainability training is incorporated in all employee orientations, along with a green departmental certification program. Within the past few years, UH has made more than $220M in campus improvements. The most recent project is an LED luminaire retrofit in the 222-seat Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture lecture hall. The previous lighting consisted of 34 twolamp 42-W compact fluorescent downlights with dimming ballasts, which required continuous maintenance. Ken Oliver, UH construction manager, knew that the lecture hall needed significant improvements to address the poor lighting quality and maintenance issues. The lecture hall had only 30 average footcandles of illumination and problematic dimming that reduced uniformity. In addition, maintenance was a major concern since changing and servicing the lamps was very difficult and laborious in the stepped auditorium. Since UH has embraced sustainability, Oliver and project architect Ginger McFadden from Houston-based PDG Architects knew that LED technology would the answer. The recently installed BetaLED lighting system includes 28 Essentia recessed downlights that were installed in 8-ft. by 8-ft. centers providing an average 67 fc. of illumination over the lecture hall seating area, which was more than twice the average of the fluorescent system it replaced. Additionally, one narrow distribution luminaire mounted over the teaching podium adds to the general illumination providing 134 fc. on The University of Houston's sustainable design with Essentia downlights is expected to provide over 50,000 hours of near maintenance-free illumination. It will also provide an education on the word "reliability" as it relates to lighting technology systems. the podium reading surface. The new Essentia system includes a standard 0- to 10-volt dimming driver, allowing the front of the lecture hall to be at a lower lighting level than the back, and the lighting over each row can be individually dimmed. Additionally, the podium luminaire is on a separate dimming control. www.betaled.com Look for more Case Histories online at www.webCPM.com 48 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / DECEMBER 2012 WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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