Posts Tagged ‘architectural lighting’

NYC Aquarium Lighting

September 27, 2011

Salvador Behar Architects, the Mamaroneck, NY-based firm, completed an exterior lighting system for the New York City Aquarium at Coney Island, which enables its client, the Wildlife Conservation Society, to hold evening functions like fundraisers on-site. Project architect Salvador Behar, who worked closely with project designer Bob Friedman and electrical contractor Peter J. Cantanzaro, says the “intent was to link the disparate structures of the aquarium with architectural lighting, focusing on nodes of interest along a progression of exhibits.”

Behar says each of the installations has its own character and architecture. “It lacked an overall theme,” he says. “And now, of course, the society can rent the spaces for evening events, so it’s a revenue enhancer for them.”

The goal, he says, was to make the illumination as natural as possible. “There is a grotto-like exhibit, Sea Cliffs, that can be entered from the outside; the pools can be viewed below grade. Sea Cliffs is made to look like rock, and we wanted to enhance the look and feel of it. You’re not aware of the sources, and the carpenters and masons at the aquarium’s workshop are still in the process of shielding the fixtures housed within the gunite material that the rocks are made from. It’s dramatic: We’re not trying to light whole pools, but have beams of lights that the sea mammals, for example, can go in and out of.”

To help visitors go in and out of the exhibits, and tie the exhibits together, Behar created 10-15 wall sconces that resemble manta rays and signpost the aquarium. The tensile structure overhangs a large fish tank named Oceanic, and was erected when the lighting design process began. “With that pool, some of the light goes directly into the water, and some is reflected off the surface of the structure and bounces down into the pool. At night, this outdoor structure becomes a beacon for that part of Brooklyn.”

In tests against sodium vapor and incandescent sources, metal-halide lighting proved to have the best color rendering through the water, though different sources were used: Manufacturers include North Star (400W metal-halide mercury vapor Marine Star Floods and metal-halide Challenger Floodlights), Phoenix (AMS series all-weather architectural PAR-38s), Quality Lighting (concentric beam floodlights and die-cast aluminum decorative pendants on trees at the rear of the property), and Stonco (vapor-tight wall incandescents and pencil-beam flagpole long-throws). Light sconce metal fabrication was executed by Derecktors Shipyard in Mamaroneck, with PVC-coated rigid metal conduit provided by Perma-Cote Industries, and custom brackets by Precision Metal Fabricators. Dimming is by Lutron.

Though visitors appreciate the romance of the new illumination, its effect, Behar notes, is largely lost on the occupants of the tanks. “The fish have no reaction at all,” he says. “But the mammals, particularly the walruses, love the attention when there’s a party going on.”

text courtesy of LD+A magazine where project was published

Lighting at University of Texas Austin Competition Pool

July 9, 2011

New York Energy Smart

June 2, 2010

For the second consecutive quarter we have been awarded a Design Competition Award by the NYSERDA New York Energy Smart Commercial Lighting Program.

My sincerest thanks to NYSERDA and program manager ICF International for recognition of our lighting and energy conservation work.

NYSERDA Newsletter

April 6, 2010

New York Energy Smart

March 2, 2010

Yesterday we were awarded a Design Competition Award by the NYSERDA New York Energy Smart Commercial Lighting Program.

I would like to express our thanks to NYSERDA and program manager ICF International for their recognition of our lighting and energy work.

Lions Den

February 28, 2010

We have been asked to study enterprise-wide lighting by the facilities group at Columbia University. As an example of the energy reduction we project, the Lobby pictured below uses (48) downlights conservatively estimated to burn 3.88 W / SF to achieve 18 FC at 36″ AFF. Our solution will deploy (10) 39W medium distribution MH fixtures with 82 CRI lamps consuming 0.42 W/SF.

Here’s an unsolicited comment from the school’s energy manager in reference to our 50+ lighting projects completed at Columbia University:

“Sal –

I’m a fan and I would gladly refer you to anyone who asks for a lighting consultant.  Stay in touch –

Jennifer”