2020 IES Illumination Awards: Greater Rochester International Airport Entrance Canopy
(Above) View at front entry. Scenes acknowledge holidays, events and times of day - dawn, dusk and midnight.
HLD also received IES 2020 National Award of Merit for the BPHA Pro Shop at TD Garden Arena in Boston and for the Charlotte International Airport Concourse D Terminal.
Greater Rochester International Airport had a comprehensive plan - become a world class airport. Renderings, used to garner public support/funding circulated of an aerodynamic, somewhat translucent, curving tensile fabric structure. The canopy glowed brightly from color changing fixtures positioned high above with light softly glowing through the material.
During design, the tensile material shifted to mostly opaque presenting a threefold challenge - how best to meet the established design promise of a colorful canopy top, properly light the canopy underside for pedestrian/vehicular traffic and create an interesting entry experience under the canopy.
Roadway lights chosen to mimic the organic form provide excellent light levels/uniformity across drive lanes and sidewalks.
The central bridge/walkway is lighted with low glare, diffuse ceiling lights.
The canopy itself was modeled in 3D to calculate necessary beam angles and outputs of all fixtures.
RGBW fixtures with varying beam spreads mounted to garage and airport roof evenly light top surface of canopy. Where visible, glare shields are provided.
Smaller, RGBW fixtures mounted 4' above grade (above snowfall heights) on garage side of structure frame uplight outer canopy surfaces not addressed from the garage mounting locations.
RGBW fixtures mounted to both sides of each set of canopy structures evenly light the underside.
All fixtures are LED to meet requirements for energy efficiency, maintenance and flexibility.
Tunable white, individually addressable dot strings mounted to the underside frame are programmed to vary color temperature and intensity. Originally designed to run crosswise on each support, budget constraints led to quantity reductions and a staggered pattern.
Roadway/bridge lights are controlled by BMS via timeclock. All DMX fixtures are controlled by remotely accessed DMX controller with timeclock.
Multiple scenes were developed for dynamic display capability. The average time spent under the canopy is four minutes, no scene exceeds four minutes.
(Below) Greater Rochester International Airport main entry - setting the tone for a heightened airport experience.
(Below) Daytime rendering. Overlapped fabric frames approximately 615' long x 140' wide with center walkway and bridge. Structure spans upper and lower roadways.
(Below) Nighttime rendering originally shared with municipality and public for support and funding prior to design team involvement.
(Below) Underside: RGBW fixtures have 23 degree beam spread for the upper canopy and 43 degree beam spread for the lower canopy.
(Below) Top: Garage mounted RGBW fixtures - 23 degree beam upper canopy, 45 degree beam lower canopy. Airport building mounted RGBW fixtures - 35 degree beam.
(Below) Pedestrian: Column mounted RGBW fixtures - 20 degree beam - mounted 4' above grade (above likely snowfall heights) to uplight outer canopy surface.
(Below) Tunable white, individually addressed LED dots add an unexpected element - twinkling starlight. This was the only cost cutting measure required to stay in budget.
(Below) Sequence of operations - top canopy - individually controlled, under canopy - grouped by column bay to match top. Dot strings - dots individually controlled.
(Below) View from garage roof Multiple scenes allow for an ever-changing palette. Scenes are dynamic - light scrolls front to back or side to side.
About the IES Illumination Awards
The IES Illumination Awards program recognizes individuals for professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based on the individual merit of each entry. Judges are selected from a broad professional spectrum, representing knowledge of lighting and design excellence. The judging system is entirely based on how well the lighting design meets the program criteria. The Illumination Awards program is not a competition.
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