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IES Illumination Awards recognize four Stantec-designed lighting projects

International awards program honored workplace and education projects by the firm


Four projects from global integrated design firm Stantec were recently honored with five lighting awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society—the premier lighting community dedicated to promoting the art and science of quality lighting. The Illumination Awards, an international awards program, recognized the Denver Water Complex Redevelopment, JLL’s Denver Office, Walgreens Chicago Office, and the University of Lethbridge Science Commons for their excellence in lighting design, ingenuity, and originality.

Denver Water Complex Redevelopment earned a Merit Award for Energy & Environmental Lighting Design. The six-story, 186,000-square-foot administration building, the central focus of its 35-acre operations complex, is long and thin in its form to maximize daylighting and views. Lighting systems were designed for efficiency, user comfort and to be minimalistic, complementing the ebb and flow of the architectural elements. Control strategies include perimeter- and skylight-daylight harvesting, occupancy and vacancy sensors, local dimming, and task tuning.

JLL’s Denver Office received a Merit Award for Interior Lighting Design. Finishes for the 30,000-square-foot office space were chosen with high reflectance values, curtain walls were utilized to allow for the spill of ambient light between spaces, and lighting layouts were optimized to provide ample ambient lighting.

Two Merit Awards were given to the Walgreens Chicago Office for Interior Lighting Design and Energy & Environmental Lighting Design. For this 200,000-square-foot technology hub, the lighting was inspired by Chicago’s local neighborhoods with each area defined by wall murals and furnishings that are highlighted with decorative luminaires and linear lighting. In open offices and meeting rooms, lighting is thoughtfully placed to provide the highest output on desktops. Lower levels in-between modulate the light over large areas by reducing light levels in areas without visual tasks, like hallways and circulation areas.

The University of Lethbridge Science Commons in Alberta, Canada was honored with a Merit Award for Interior Lighting Design. In collaboration with SMP Engineering and KPMB Architects, the design team ensured a cohesive lighting strategy that was fully integrated with the architecture. Floor to ceiling windows and full height interior glazing maximize the visibility of science, while also allowing daylight penetration deep into the building floorplate.  Suspended direct-indirect rectilinear luminaires landmarked both informal and formal meeting space with concealed cove lighting wall-washing vertical feature surfaces throughout the design.

Learn more about how Stantec lighting designers embrace innovative approaches to lighting solutions that improve the user experience:

About Stantec
Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve—because they're our communities too. This allows us to assess what's needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what's never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success.

We're designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

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Denver Water Redevelopment
Photo credit: Frank Ooms

JLL's Denver Office
Photo credit: Raul Garcia

Walgreen Chicago Office
Photo credit: Chris Barrett

University of Lethbridge Science Commons
Photo credit: Tom Arban

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