Are The Days of Changing Light Bulbs Coming to an End?
In February of 2011 our resident Lighting Expert, Kurt Beres, RA, LEED AP BD+BC, IES, wrote a blog posting titled “WHY MAINTENANCE IS NOT A FACTOR WHEN DISCUSSING ENERGY-SAVING LIGHTING ALTERNATIVES.” However, given the changing world in which we live and the constantly evolving technology that it offers, Kurt felt it was high time to expand his insight on the subject. Read on as Kurt shares exciting lighting updates and industry facts.
I still agree with the kernel of what was written 2 1/2 years ago, but the beauty of a blog is that it is a snapshot of your thinking giving you the ability to reconsider, recant and update your thinking as times change. This is one of those moments as a fundamental shift has occurred in the specification of lighting.
It is with certainty that I make the following statement “LED’s are upon us, and they change lighting as we think of it and specify it.” Whoa! You might be shouting, LED’s aren’t new, and that is true (Fun Fact: The first fixture I specified with LEDs was at the turn of the century way back in the year 2000). But that’s the dirty little secret about LED’s, it wasn’t until 2011 that an LED Can Light delivered as many lumens as a comparable Compact Fluorescent Can Light with the same or better power consumption. Anyone who purchased an LED Can Light before then had unknowingly purchased a fixture whose life expectancy was predicted to be shorter then the equivalent fluorescent can and used more power delivering the same amount of light. But LED development is moving at warp speed. To give you an idea how quickly the LED world has changed, 18 months ago we specified a parking garage LED fixtures using 118-watts that put out more light then a 150-watt metal halide source with a life expectancy of 10 years. One year later from the same manufacturer we specified a new parking garage LED fixture using 68-watts that put out more light then the 118-watt LED fixture and has a predicted life expectancy of 40 years.
Think about what it means for a light to last 40 years? How many jokes started with “how many “blanks” does it take to change a light bulb?” In the joke some insanely large number would be part of the punch line, but TODAY with an LED lamp source the answer is none, zero. Based on the technology available today it is possible our children might go half their lives without ever seeing a light bulb needing to be changed.
And while lamp life and lumen output for LED’s has increased, costs have plummeted. The LED parking garage fixture mentioned above is only marginally more expensive then the metal halide fixture it replaced. When I wrote my original posting two years ago maintenance wasn’t a factor because we were talking about lamps that cost $5 to $50 and were randomly replaced every 2 to 10 years. For most users, yes there was a need to replace a lamp, but since failure was random and the lamp life so short, to include a maintenance factor when projecting a cost savings was mythical and difficult to quantify. But LED fixtures with a projected lamp life of 40 years maintenance is a factor because when something lasts decades, there is no maintenance. instead of replacing bulbs an owner is replacing fixtures as the style changes.
Imagine a large warehouse where the lamps seem to never need to be changed. Currently we have fluorescent and metal halide fixtures where the lights will randomly reach their end of life sometime in the next 2 to 10 years. The LED fixtures that will replace it will obtain 25 years, easily. These fixtures will have more in common with an eternal flame, as it is possible — and in the not-to-distant future we will have lamps with a projected life greater than the average person’s lifetime. Food for thought.
Mount Carmel Health System Close to Opening New Grove City Campus!
K|M+A Healthcare Studio is enjoying the privilege of facilitating a new vision for healthcare in Central Ohio, at Mount Carmel’s new Grove City Campus. For the past year, K|M+A has been working collaboratively with Mount Carmel to design the interior of their new medical office building, in cooperation with HKS (the core and shell architect). This new MOB will be one of the anchors at MCGC, which will also feature a free-standing Emergency Department. MCGC is set to open in early 2014 - check out the animation of the campus on Mount Carmel’s website, here: http://www.mountcarmelhealth.com/grovecity.
The MOB will comprise more than 55,000 square feet of clinical space, bringing a wide variety of medical services to one convenient location, including Family Practice, Lab, Cardiovascular Testing, Cardiac Rehab, Physical Therapy and Cardiovascular and Orthopedic Specialty Practices.
Perhaps the most notable feature of the building is its concourse-type circulation with open waiting areas for each practice and an integrated connection to the adjacent freestanding Emergency Department. This is a departure from traditional medical office building layouts that tend to have more definite separation between practices. The objective was to create an environment that is conducive to integrated patient care while enhancing patient experience: a sort of “one-stop shop” where convenience rules and amenities abound. Use of the concourse circulation is essential to Mount Carmel’s goal of a convenient and smooth patient experience – it fosters a seamless environment by allowing all departments to be integrated and easily accessible.
Overall, Mount Carmel’s Grove City campus will feature a clean, contemporary aesthetic, with features meant to encourage wellness, such as the incorporation of open stairways to help encourage human-powered circulation rather than dependence on the elevators. The open stair will also double as an interior atrium by virtue of a skylight placed overhead, which will help to bring natural light deep into interior space. Architecture plays an important role in nurturing wellness and healing. We hope you will visit the new MCGC campus to see some of the best in healthcare architecture when it opens next year!
Collaboration, Culture + Architecture = Immense Success for Bob Evans
As a follow up to the October 31st Columbus Dispatch Article Featuring the new Bob Evans Corporate Headquarters:
The M+A design team (partially shown to your right) for the Bob Evans Corporate Campus project attended the Grand Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting for the new Campus on Saturday, in New Albany, Ohio. Joe Eulberg, the project executive for Bob Evans and our main contact, was the Master of Ceremonies. It was clear that the employees of Bob Evans and the City of New Albany are extremely happy with the entire process and final product.
Steve Davis, the Chairman and CEO of Bob Evans Farms, spoke about the campus being a true representation of the Bob Evans Brand – a symbol of their heritage and of the transformation for their business. It’s an “Interactive, educational farm experience” that is focused on food, founders and farming from start to finish.
The Campus, designed by M+A Architects, and constructed by Corna Kokosing, is referred to as “Farm North” in relation to the original farm in Rio Grande, Ohio, “Farm South”. The main building was designed to honor the day of the farmer with a sunrise tower on the east side of the building and a sunset tower on the west, connected by the Heritage Hallway, showcasing Bob Evans’ heritage and values. The 14,000 SF of test kitchens are the center and focus of the main building much as the kitchen is the “heart of the home”, reinforcing that they are above all an innovative food company.
The campus is currently registered with the USGBC and aspiring to achieve LEED Gold Certification and has been designed to be energy efficient, sustainable and a healthy building. The 8,420 SF of solar panels on the roof of the main building will generate at least 7% of the energy consumed in the building. Steve Davis took this opportunity to announce their partnership with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank to launch the Hunger Free Communities Campaign and presented Matt Habash, the President and CEO, with a check for $50,000 plus enough sausage to feed 81,000 people.
M+A is extremely proud to have been a part of this project and congratulates Bob Evans Farms on their new home for the next 60 years!
M+A Looking to Hire Project Manager
Are you a team player who works well in a collaborative environment? Do you have experience drawing and detailing using Revit software? If you answer yes to both of these questions and have more than 5 years of experience as an architectural Project Manager, you should consider applying for our open position/s today!
We are currently looking to hire a Project Manager with experience in one or all of these project types:
- Multi-Family Residential
Click here to go to the Careers page on our website to learn more about this position and to whom to send your resume.
This App is so Kule
Color selection really scares me. The use of color can be so right but, at times, it can be oh so wrong. I know you know it. You’ve been there too.
John Hench was an artist at Walt Disney for over 65 years and he had this to say about color: “Color is a very critical thing. I’ve found that architects don’t like colors. Engineers too. And so somebody has to stand in. Because this is the finish of it. It is the emotional part of a structure.”
Color is powerful stuff. It is a facet of design that is so vast and so rich that it can make or break a project. We work really hard to design a spatial experience that is many things: comfortable, inspiring, spiritual, innovative, safe or efficient, but the right color choices can enhance the space in a way that makes people want to be there. However, the use of color can evoke feelings so intense that a well-intentioned design can lose its effectiveness.
Fortunately, whether you are selecting a color palette for your next project or toying with search topics for your next Pinterest pin, Adobe has come up with a web-based app, called Kuler, for empowering even the most color-timid designer.
Its an intuitive app that you can grasp quickly and feel immediately confident using. You can select the base color on the wheel by dragging the color selector or typing your color model numbers (RGB, HEX, etc). Kuler will place your selection 7 palette development options: Analagous, Monochromatic, Triad, Compound, Shades, – and for you “Luis Barragans” – Custom. If you check it out, you’ll quickly discover this app not only takes the fear out of picking colors, it makes color selection fun!
And, it also comes in a mobile app so you can even take it with you. Don’t just use a tinge of color, use it boldly.