The Holden University Center of Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio has been expressly designed to establish an educational and technological atmosphere that enhances learning for students. The new two-story, 40,000 square-foot facility is outfitted with complementary and interconnected state of the art technologies to create an advanced learning environment… as well as a truly green one.
“After considering all of the College’s performance, efficiency and control requirements, LED lighting became the obvious choice. And, after reviewing several competitive products for this application, Lithonia Lightingïƒ¢ RT Series integrated with Sensor Switchïƒ¢ nLightïƒ¢ controls separated itself as the best solution,” said Tony Bledsoe, senior project designer, Tec Inc.
A total of 483 RT Series fixtures were ultimately specified and installed in classrooms, hallways, lounge and study areas, restrooms, conference rooms, offices and two large science labs, accounting for more than 95 percent of the indoor lighting.
The Big Goals and Challenges
A critical factor in achieving the College’s priority performance and efficiency objectives was the ability to introduce robust, but easy-to-use digital controls that are already integrated into the RT Series luminaires. The controls were specified to solve several issues, including the need to attain adjustable lighting levels in the classroom.
“The Holden University Center was designed to use projectors, video monitors and smart screens throughout the facility,” said Bledsoe. “So we wanted to provide the ability to lower the foot candle level on an as-needed basis, depending on how a room was being used. One solution was to install a wall station at the door with an up/down/on/off lighting control switch (0-10V dimming). However, we then connected the lighting with the audio/visual control station in each classroom to make it easier for professors to manage all the systems through a single control.”
Even though reducing maintenance was not initially a primary concern for the College, it became an added value of using LEDs. “Throughout the next two-to-three years, another benefit the college will experience is reduced maintenance. Consider fluorescents typically deliver 20-30,000 hours of life, while LEDs deliver 50,000 plus hours; that’s an obvious advantage,” said Bledsoe.
The building earned LEED Silver certification in November 2012.