July 26, 2016

A New Lighting Roadmap

An interdisciplinary team led by CBE M.L.A student Kelly Douglas with support from the Integrated Design Lab and the Office of the Campus Architect was awarded funding under a competitive solicitation of the Campus Sustainability Fund to create a roadmap for sustainable exterior landscape lighting at the UW. The project entitled “Campus Illumination” will create a roadmap that guides the University as it transitions to high-performing lighting technology. The team is comprised of an interdisciplinary group of students, faculty, and staff from the College of Built Environments, the Integrated Design Lab, Seattle City Light’s Lighting Design Lab and the Office of the University Architect (Landscape Architect).

The roadmap will envision a campus lit in a manner that enhances the campus experience, mitigates disruption to wildlife patterns, and operates with the most efficient use of energy. The roadmap will serve as a critical piece of campus infrastructure to ensure that new lighting technology is implemented with a comprehensive vision as the University transitions to a sustainable nighttime campus.

Set to begin this spring, the team will reach out to students, faculty, staff, and visitors at the University of Washington to gain an understanding of how the nighttime environment is perceived by those who experience it most directly. A series of student focus groups will provide a finer grain of analysis related to targeted campus sites.

The project will be incorporated into coursework at the CBE in the fall, during which students will implement a range of industry methods to analyze existing lighting conditions on campus and then use these data—in combination with insight from lighting research and lighting experts—to generate visions for a future sustainable nighttime campus. The primary venue for this will be ARCH 435: Principles and Practice of Environmental Lighting offered in Autumn 2016 from 6-9pm.

The public feedback and student design efforts will inform the creation of the design guidelines created by the project team, which are set to be completed in the spring of 2017. The final document will serve as a tool for a range of campus entities—from designers to campus operations—to propel measurable progress toward a sustainable nighttime campus.

Additional project support comes from the Office of the Campus Architect, the Office of Planning and Management and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA). If you have any additional questions are interested in participating in a focus group, please contact Christopher Meek at cmeek@uw.edu.