Flex Lighting Solutions was one of the first manufacturers we were aware of that offered an LED High Bay with high efficacy and low glare. The LED system is easy to maintain and provides great energy savings over legacy systems. Those savings can go deeper when the system is dimmed as part of a daylight harvesting system or for different activities that don’t require full lighting power. They’re a great overall solution for these types of spaces”

Sara Schonour, Leader of CannonDesign Lighting Studio

University of Missouri – St Louis

St. Louis, MO
Recreation Center
 CannonDesign

Lighting Installed

Key Results

The use of LED lighting contributed to the building’s LEED certification and was all about energy conservation. It’s the cutting edge, lowers our energy use and offers a high lifespan, which helps with the budget all around. The lighting really compliments the windows and has been relatively maintenance free.”

Yvette Kell, Director of Campus Recreation

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OVERVIEW

The new, three-story rec center, which opened in Fall of 2015, is flooded with natural light that floods the building from floor-to-ceiling windows on each floor. “It’s a very open design with a lot of open space and a huge atrium,” Kell says. “From the lobby, you can see all three floors. There’s a lot of natural light that comes deep into the building and helps create the open feel students envisioned.”

CHALLENGE

When students at the University of Missouri – St Louis voted to tax themselves to build the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC), one of the reasons they did so was so they could workout in a more light-filled environment.

For nearly five decades, UMSL’s campus recreational programs shared space with its athletic teams and athletes in the Mark Twain Athletic Complex. Both operations outgrew the shared space a long time ago and, according to Yvette Kell, director of campus recreation, that’s why the RWC is benefiting everyone. “Students have this great new space for recreation, while athletics has been able to renovate the space we vacated to benefit athletes,” Kell says.

The new, three-story rec center, which opened in fall of 2015, is flooded with natural light that fills the building through floor-to-ceiling windows on each floor. “It’s a very open design with a lot of open space and a huge atrium,” Kell says. “From the lobby, you can see all three floors. There’s a lot of natural light that comes deep into the building and helps create the open feel students envisioned.”

The 101,000-square-foot facility includes a three-court gymnasium (including a one-court MAC), an indoor fitness and recreation pool, expansive eight and fitness areas, and four group exercise rooms. It has a three-lane jogging track that provides an optional two lane extension with elevation changes. Other amenities including a juice bar, a bouldering wall, a wet multipurpose room, two saunas, a spa, and administration offices.

SOLUTION

“The building’s design concept features the activity in the space and we wanted the lighting to support that mood and atmosphere,” says Sara Schonour, CannonDesign associate vice president, which provided integrated architecture, engineering and lighting services for the UMSL building. Traditionally, the design team would have considered metal halide fixtures.

In the main gyms, CannonDesign created a design of dashes of light – not a grid or an array – to help reflect the activity in the space. “This plays off movement and motion, and is a design departure from the more regular, repeated rhythms in the surrounding weights and circulation areas,” says Schonour. Instead of uniformly lining up long rows of 2 by 4 fixtures or creating an array, CannonDesign mixed longer and shorter fixtures for a dynamic look. “We placed fixtures in a random-looking pattern, carefully tuned to ensure good uniformity and the right illuminance levels in both horizontal and vertical planes,” she says.

“While we had been thinking of LED high bays for mostly warehouse applications at the time we designed the project, mock-ups showed us we could get nice glare control, output and adjustability to enable daylight harvesting, something metal halide doesn’t do well,” Schonour adds.