Renovations to its roof and dome, include the installation of 16, Whiz 2.0 high ceiling fixtures with elevated frosted diffusers to illuminate the 70ft hall. We had the opportunity to speak with lighting designers, Francesca Bettridge and Nira Wattanachote from CBBLD, to learn more about this historic project.
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Credentials: FIES, IALD, LC
Credentials: MIES, WELL AP
Now that the school wants to reopen the space to the public and hold events there, the lighting needed to be redesigned to make it code compliant, safe, dimmable, and allow for people to see and appreciate the historic architecture. There will be different events during both the day and night, so dimming is important, and the existing fixtures did not have this capability.
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Leidel
The new pendant fixtures are hung from the catwalk and are located exactly at the center of each ceiling opening. The wiring was replaced to meet code requirements. The space above the ceiling has no ventilation, so the fixtures are dropped below the ceiling plane to prevent overheating. Maintenance is also very important, so the drivers are remotely located in the electrical closet for easy access.
The magnificent columns now appeared green with beautiful marble veins; previously under the yellow light of the high-pressure sodium light, they appeared dark gray. The dome and sculptures are now highlighted. It is such an inspiring space, and everyone is pleasantly amazed to see it in a brand-new light.
One advantage of relighting existing spaces is that the architecture already exists, so on-site mock-ups are a powerful tool to viewing the lighting effect and get everyone to agree on the solution. During schematic design we had an on-site mock-up with different types of fixtures and noticed the glare issues; it made us realize that the fixtures needed a frosted lens. We coordinated with Meteor to develop a modified lensed fixture which is a perfect solution for this project.
Francesca Bettridge FIES, IALD, LC
Nira Wattanachote MIES, WELL AP
Architects – BEYER BLINDER BELLE ARCHITECTS & PLANNERS LLP
Richard Southwick FAIA, LEED AP
Graham Roscoe AIA, LEED AP
Engineering – O&S ASSOCIATES
Contractor – TDX CONSTRUCTION CORP.
Lighting Control Manufacturer – Lutron Electronics