This award-winning five-story building houses offices, classrooms and laboratories for the university's civil and mechanical engineering programs. The lighting system was designed to conserve as much energy as possible yet maintain flexibility for the academic environment. The building's lab spaces feature step dimming ballasts controlled manually from wall switches, while the perimeter daylighting zone uses a photocell to automatically and continually adjust the output of luminaires when the lights are energized. Luma not only created a highly efficient lighting and daylighting system, but also helped the design team secure important LEED points for minimizing night-time light pollution onto adjacent campus areas and public streets.
Size: 134,000 sf
Client: ZGF Architects
Owner: Portland State University
Cost: $32.7 million
Awards: 2007 ACEC Grand Award for Engineering Excellence