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Pedestrian Lighting
Edited by Steve Kelly, LASN

LASN invited lighting manufacturers to show us some of their new pedestrian lighting.

The participants are:
• HessAmerica, Gaffney, S.C., sent in by Wes Lane, product marketing manager.

• Performance iN Lighting/PRISMA Architectural, Conyers, Georgia, sent in by Kate DeBellis, LEED AP, CDT, product and spec sales manager.

• U.S. Architectural Lighting, Palmdale, Calif., sent via Nancy Hardwick, Hardwick Creative Services, Encinitas, Calif.


The Lone Star College-CyFair campus on Barker Cypress Road at West Road is a state-of-the-art campus centered around beautiful ponds. Valencia 600 LED pole-mounted, cylindrical post-top luminaires (Hess) were installed for the walkways throughout the campus and around the ponds.
Photo: G Lyon Photography

CyFair Campus, Houston
Architect: Gensler

Cypress Fairbanks, colloquially known as CyFair, is one of the largest communities in Northwest Houston. CyFair residents voted to become part of Lone Star College System in August 2000. The new Lone Star College-CyFair opened in August 2003, becoming the fifth college within the Lone Star College System. The college has been very active in expanding the 180-acre campus over the years to meet the increasing student matriculation. It currently serves about 18,000 students.



For the CityCentre development in Houston the Avalon 800 series (Hess) post-top fixtures were mounted on 14' steel poles. The luminaires have external decorative rings. The housing is cast aluminum, with flat spun aluminum shades and cast top caps. Internal louvers were used in selected areas' neighboring restaurants for increased brightness control and improved comfort.
Photos: G Lyon Photography


Where light poles were not practical for some pedestrian passageways at CityCentre, the choice became to suspend the Avalon luminaires (Hess) by stainless steel catenary support cable chains. Such catenary luminaires are commonplace in Europe.

CityCentre, Houston
Developer: Midway Companies

CityCentre, a contemporary 37-acre, mixed use development located in suburban Houston, is situated on the former site of the Town & Country Mall. It successfully combines upscale retail shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, along with luxury condominiums and urban lofts to form a refined, self-contained community. Designed to be pedestrian-friendly and car-independent, CityCentre is considered to be one of Houston's premier mixed-use lifestyle developments.


The Brentwood Recreation Complex in Brentwood, Missouri features the PRISMA Systempark LED fixtures (26.5 watts, 3000 K) by Performance iN Lighting. These are full cut off, dark sky compliant fixtures and replaced metal halide fixtures. The PRISMA Stainless Steel Poles are 15' and feature integral banner arms for displays.

Brentwood Community Center, Brentwood, Missouri
The Brentwood Recreation Complex in Brentwood, Missouri, was a renovation project (Chiodini Architects) in St Louis completed in 2015. The building houses an ice rink and community center. Brentwood Ice Arena was the practice facility for the St. Louis Blues during the era of Hall of Famers Al MacInnis, Brett Hull and Adam Oates. The ice arena is said to be the oldest ice skating club west of the Mississippi, founded in 1932.

The exterior area lighting is by PRISMA Architectural by Performance iN Lighting, which is represented by SSLtg in Missouri. The project features the PRISMA Systempark line fixtures in 26.5w, 3000 K LED. The PRISMA stainless steel poles are 15' and also feature integral Systempark banner arms for display. These are full cut off, dark sky compliant fixtures and replaced metal halide fixtures.


At the Centennial Plaza at the University of Texas El Paso, the lighting fixture heads are the PRISMA Architectural KYRO (Performance iN Lighting) with 70-watt LEDs (3000 K). The luminaires are full cut offs, dark sky compliant and have tilting heads. The pole manufacturer is Structura.

Centennial Plaza at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP)
Lighting Designer: Yarnell & Associates
Architect: Lake/Flato
Landscape Architect: Ten Eyck Landscape Architects

The University of Texas El Paso held its centennial celebration in 2014. The largest and most enduring keepsake of that celebration is the new Centennial Plaza, which captures the history of the school through a timeline. The plaza's grassy area is bordered by a 20-foot-wide walking path that incorporates different textures, including exposed aggregate and compacted gravel.

The site encompasses about 12 acres. Austin-based Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc., constructed a network of vegetated arroyos that channel, slow and filter stormwater. Decorative and functional mini-bridges span the natural, curving arroyos. The landscape includes native mesquite trees and Chihuahuan Desert plants.


In lieu of pole lighting, McCracken County High School in Paducah, Kentucky opted for 60 'Tornado' bollards (U.S. Architectural Lighting model TNS) with 50-watt metal halide lamps, positioning them along walkways leading into the school's main entrance plaza and three other entry points to enhance night-time safety and security. The cast aluminum housing of the bollards has a distinctive inverted shape "exclamation point" styling, visual accent panels and flangeless base.

McCracken County High School in Paducah, Kentucky
Architect: Mike Smith, Sherman Carter Barnhart, Lexington, Kentucky
Consulting Engineer: Marcum Engineering, Paducah, Kentucky

When Marcum Engineering of Paducah began selecting the school's new pedestrian lighting, the criteria were a fixture with a modern design to complement the school's architecture, appropriate lighting levels, superior durability and low maintenance.

The Tornado bollard's distinctive inverted shape "exclamation point" styling, visual accent panels and flangeless base fit the bill. The fixtures are oriented so that the access panels aid in defining the entrances to the school and accenting the turf and hardscape.

The bollard's "vandal-proof" features were also a consideration. The fixture body mounts to a Schedule 40 galvanized steel stanchion that is embedded in concrete paving, with a 3.5" steel pipe welded to four sections of the rebar below grade. A locking cap inside the fixture body bolts to the top of the stanchion, wedging the fixture against the concrete at grade. The fixtures have a lifetime expectancy of 10 plus years.

As seen in LASN magazine, April 2016.

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