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Draper City Hall gets a new look
with lighting from Holophane

Scenic Draper City, Utah, sits within a rural community in the shadow of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Because of the city’s location and its countrified flavor, when the new 69,000-square-foot city hall was constructed, project designer Jim Poloncic, ASWN+ Architects, Salt Lake City, used a blend of traditional and contemporary architectural styles.

“The city hall is definitely a showpiece for the community,” said Poloncic. “For that reason, we wanted to create a sense of nostalgia and almost a school-house type look within a contemporary format.”

The 2,000-square-foot council chambers—with its coffered ceiling treatment, lay-in ceiling tiles and stately burgundy and beige colors—lean more toward the traditional. When the lighting was specified for this space, Poloncic selected the egg-shaped Illuminaire® fixture from Holophane with supplemental decorative recessed can luminaires

The Illuminaire® Egg fixtures, which are part of a new line of innovative optical designs from Holophane, include a prismatic borosilicate glass reflector/refractor that provides 75 percent downlight and 25 percent uplight to create an evenly lit, comfortable environment. A 500-watt lamp is used with the luminaires because it can be dimmed.

“We were looking for a quality, non-glare light source that could serve multiple functions, from council meetings and presentations to illuminating the area for cleaning,” said Ron Walmsley, project manager, Owen & Associates L.C., Salt Lake City, the electrical engineer for the project. “We also wanted a luminaire that would be aesthetically pleasing and would complement the look of the space.”

The Illuminaire fixtures are mounted on 4-foot stems 19 ½ feet above the floor and spaced 15 feet by 12 feet on center. The spherical-shaped fixtures were also installed in the 1,400-square-foot lobby, which includes a sitting area and reception desk. Because energy was more of a concern in this area, the fixtures use compact fluorescent lamps.

The luminaires are stem-mounted on the barrel-vault ceiling 20 feet above the floor, and spaced nine feet by eight feet on center. Illumination levels are 50 footcandles in the council chambers and 30 footcandles in the lobby. According to Poloncic, both the chambers and lobby areas are set off by a substantial amount of glass, which makes the luminaires very visible from building exterior at night.

“The luminaires draw attention to the facility almost like a beacon,” he said.

Luminaires in both the council chambers and lobby are controlled by a dimming system with pre-sets and scene control. While the fixtures in the lobby are illuminated 24 hours a day, the luminaires in the council chambers are lit about 20 hours each week.


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