The challenge was to create a memorial to honor the soldiers of this Pittsburgh suburb that both reflects the heritage of the community and serves as a solemn venue for people to reflect. The memorial sits at the entrance of a local community park. By day, white marble stones stand out from the memorial’s walls, contrasted by the simple green lawn of the landscape. At night, they radiate light, vibrant with the spirit of those they represent, past, present, and future. At the center is a singular figure, built of the same luminous material, supporting the national standard.
Boston’s oldest skyscraper was illuminated by Lam in 1986 with halogen fixtures top to bottom. Though the best solution at the time, in 20 years the system had fallen into desrepair, and great progress had been made in energy-efficient and long-life sources. As part of an architectural lighting festival organized throughout Boston, Lam Partners was able to update its own design with state-of-the-art equipment. The crown is lit exclusively with LEDs, in specially designed fixtures that allow sustainable general illumination that would have been impossible even a year ago.
LED fixtures were designed in collaboration with the manufacturers for unprecedented power and adaptability. Existing fixtures above the 17th floor were replaced with white LEDs delivering slightly higher output from the same size housings. The fixtures use only one third as much energy, and their lifetime is estimated at well over twenty years given predicted usage. Further savings are enabled because rather than relamping and repairs taking place several times each year, the new lighting requires only partial relamping every few years.
Hardware and mounting positions from 1986 were retained; original wiring was repaired and re-used. No low-voltage power supplies, remote drivers, or special cabling were required, because the LED fixtures use new driver technology designed for direct line-voltage input.
As part of a citywide lighting conservation scheme, the building management system turns off all exterior lights at 11pm during certain times of year, conserving energy and protecting migratory birds. The project is expected to save 19,000 kWh of energy yearly, while restoring the landmark to prominence as the crown jewel amid the Boston skyline.
Massachusetts State HouseCivic | Exterior
|SIZE:||500,000 sq. ft.|
|OWNERS:||Commonwealth of Massachusetts|
|ARCHITECT:||Goody, Clancy & Associates|
|AWARDS:||2003 IES New England Section Illumination Award|
|2003 National Trust for Historic Preservation Award|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© Stephen M. Lee|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Robert Osten|
From its prominent situation atop Beacon Hill, this 18th-century Bulfinch landmark becomes a beacon at night. The previous lighting scheme involved simplistic floods that flattened architectural details; new fixtures are carefully coordinated to accentuate textures, provide depth, and warmly render the red brick and gold leaf colors.
Fixtures are diligently concealed from view, and placed to coincide with existing power sources, in keeping with the strict parameters of restoring a historic structure. Though unobtrusive, fixtures are located with ease of maintenance in mind, and special attention was paid to energy efficiency and long lamp life.
The greatest technical challenge was articulating the curvature of the dome. Newly clad in gold leaf, the shiny surface would tend to deflect light away from the viewer. Fixtures positioned on lower adjacent roofs provide a warm wash from below that catches subtle concentric ribs on the dome; the lantern is lit from within to cast a reflection on the dome’s upper surface. In combination, these strategies define and express the dome’s hemispherical shape; the result is a visually complete architectural icon that is admired at night from vantage points all over the city.
Hermann Park Lake PlazaExterior
|OWNERS:||Hermann Park Conservancy|
|ARCHITECT:||Overland Partners | Architects|
|AWARDS:||2011 IES New England Section Illumination Award|
|2011 AIA San Antonio Honor Award|
|2010 Urban Land Institute Houson Chapter's Development of Distinction Award|
|2010 American Society of Landscape Association Texas Chapter's Merit Award|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© Overland Partners|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Keith Yancey|
Lake Plaza is the crown jewel of Houston’s popular Hermann Park. Run by the Hermann Park Conservancy, a non-profit citizens’ organization, in partnership with the City, this project has attained LEED Gold certification through energy efficiency and sensitive restoration of landscape, as well as comprehensive site water management.
A main station for the park’s miniature train railroad, a gift shop, pedestrian bridge, boat rental, café, and service buildings support the park’s use as recreation and rejuvenation in the heart of the city. Houston’s families enjoy train rides, pedal-boat excursions, and an entrance plaza to the adjacent zoo.
Exactingly integrated hardware gives a fixtureless appearance to structures, highlighting finely crafted architectural details that are shaded during the day. Transformed at night into a composition of glowing pavilions, these structures create a welcoming backdrop for strolling and refreshment set against softly illuminated landscape.
Civic Building at One Veterans PlazaCivic | Exterior
|LOCATION:||Silver Spring, Maryland|
|SIZE:||52,000 sq. ft.|
|ARCHITECT:||Machado and Silvetti Associates, Inc.|
|AWARDS:||2011 IES Illumination Award of Merit|
|2011 AIA Maryland Design Award|
|2011 AIA New England Design Award|
|2011 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© Anton Grassl / Esto, © Lam Partners|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Paul Zaferiou|
A monumental frame creates the backdrop for this urban plaza. The proscenium-like frame comes to life through expansive washes of light, while civic pride glows from within.
High-performance asymmetric floodlights, concealed at the civic building’s roof and base, boldly animate the wood-lined arch to announce the great hall entry. Recessed wallwashers highlight orange interior walls and opal fluorescent pendants adorn the prefunction space.
Community involvement and civic pride forged the project. A beloved swath of Astroturf was transformed into the county civic building, landscaped plaza space, and a multifunction pavilion sheltering a seasonal ice rink, arranged as a sequence of active outdoor rooms within the vibrant retail district.
The pavilion itself grabs center stage when a timeclock starts DMX-controlled evening shows. Color-changing floodlights mounted to catwalks on the roof illuminate diffuse glass panels, and are easily accessed for maintenance.
Steplights integrated into concrete benches form a procession connecting with recessed rectangular downlights indoors. Glowing uplit trees contrast softly with building geometries.
All plaza walkways are illuminated without any pole-mounted hardware – fluorescent handrails even light plaza stairs. Integrated lighting that reinforces the plaza’s main axis allows strolling and socializing without clutter.
129 acres of development along both the north and south shores of the Tennessee River revitalize the outdoor experience.
Parks, open space, fountains, and bridges animate the shores at night with the addition of new lighting. Sculptural lighting forms accentuate nodes and circulation paths, and provide an improved sense of place.
Fan Pier Public Green and StreetscapesExterior
|OWNERS:||The Falllon Company|
|ARCHITECT:||Richard Burck Associates|
|AWARDS:||2011 Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Achievement Award|
|2013 Boston Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© Lam Partners Inc|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Glenn Heinmiller|
The Public Green at Fan Pier is a place of recreation and relaxation for those living or working nearby, and for those meandering along the bordering Harborwalk.
Indirect disk post-top fixtures define the adjacent Marina Park Drive as a unique promenade shared by pedestrians and vehicles. Low level LED step lights guide pedestrians along the various ramps and stairs that lead to the raised boardwalk seating. Fixtures seamlessly integrated into the Ipe wood deck highlight carefully placed trees that quietly rise through the surface of the deck.
The great lawn area was purposefully left void of pole mounted lighting to maintain a pristine open space out to the Boston Harbor. Single granite steps running the width of the lawn accommodate elevation changes. Small LED marker lights painstakingly detailed into the curbs inform evening users of the approaching steps.
For consistency with the South Boston Waterfront neighborhood, the private streets of Fan Pier are lighted with an historic fixture known locally as the “Fort Point”. For the Fan Pier project, a new version was developed with minimal glare and much improved color rendering.