Mitul Parekh, CBBLD Associate and LEED® Accredited Professional, will teach a course on daylighting at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) as part of the school’s expanded 2010 curriculum. The class forms part of a completely new graduate program starting this Fall: the MPS (Master of Professional Studies) in Sustainable Interior Environments. The program recognizes a growing demand for “green” design expertise within the industry, and is aimed at equipping designers to excel in a future market where expertise in sustainable design techniques is the expected standard rather than a specialty. In such a market, lighting designers’ capability in daylighting methods and technologies will be critical – both professionally and ethically.
Mitul is one of several CBBLD design team members skilled in daylighting strategies. The image shown at right – a rendering created by CBBLD designer Nehal Youssef using Radiance/Ecotect software, as part of a daylighting analysis for Eaton World Headquarters, a major CBBLD project – illustrates this ability. Mitul’s instruction in this subject will bring the benefits of his knowledge to future designers – and to tomorrow’s buildings.
The upbeat, non-institutional design of this renovated STD clinic belies the traditional architecture of the building that houses it. The interior renovation of the 7,000 sq. ft. space has produced a state-of-the-art healthcare center with a tranquil, welcoming ambience. CBBLD’s lighting design played a vital role in the creation of this bright, reassuring environment – even on the project’s modest budget. The selection of simple, energy-efficient fixtures using only four lamp types, and the thoughtful placement of these to highlight key architectural elements, achieves the desired setting. The project is the winner of a 2010 IES Illumination Award of Merit, as well as a 2010 Healthcare Facilities Design Award from The Boston Society of Architects.
Stephen Bernstein Gets Green Light
CBBLD Principal Stephen Bernstein was selected to join the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of Green Light New York, Inc., an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is “to promote high-quality, energy efficient lighting in New York City.” The Group’s first goal is the creation of a center which will provide a range of training, guidance and support resources to industry students and professionals. The TAG will comprise a diverse mix of design, construction and real estate experts to provide advice and guidance in shaping this new center. Stephen’s instrumental role in establishing AIA’s Center for Architecture in New York City (he served on the Center’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee and on its Advisory Council) provided an ideal background for his election to membership in the Green Light TAG.
Eventi Complex Nearing Completion
The Eventi, a CBBLD project nearing completion, enlivens the urban streetscape on the Manhattan city block that it covers. This high-end mixed-use complex, located near to NYC’s theater district, includes an upscale hotel, apartments and a food court/restaurant complex with a public, outdoor plaza. A four-story high feature façade with a color-changing light display provides an exciting centerpiece for the building. CBBLD created this vibrant exterior with an innovative design scheme which incorporates linear LED fixtures into light boxes ensconced behind the façade windows. The LEDs are DMX-programmed to produce an engaging array of lighting colors, patterns and effects, all of which can be customized to suit particular holidays or occasions.
Lighting Design for Healthcare’s Best
CBBLD is proud to have been a part of longtime associate DudaPaine Architects’ team on the Duke Integrative Medicine project (Durham, NC), acclaimed as a paradigm for modern healthcare facility design. This new-age clinic, the winner of a 2009 Architectural Lighting Magazine Commendation, has received yet another award – the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2010 National Design Award for Health Care. The award was announced at the American Society of Hospital Engineering’s (ASHE) Health Facility Planning, Design and Construction Conference in San Diego, on 14-17 March 2010. The project is scheduled for exhibition at architectural conventions nation-wide, starting with the AIA National Convention and Design Expo in Miami in (June 10 – 12, 2010), and will be published in numerous industry journals, including the AIA Academy Journal and Healthcare Design Magazine.
Elegant Lighting for Vegas Luxury
CBBLD designed the lighting for Vdara, a sophisticated new luxury suite-hotel and spa complex in Las Vegas, part of the widely publicized MGM CityCenter development. The CBBLD team worked with an array of architects and interior designers to develop the lighting for this LEED Gold complex, which includes exterior building lighting and interior lighting for the 1,495-room hotel, public lobbies, conference center, spa/salon/fitness center, pool deck/lounge and Silk Road restaurant, pictured here. The lighting for Silk Road brings to life the rich, colorful interiors designed by Karim Rashid.
CBB is featured as Traxon Technologies’ “Designer Spotlight” in the fixture manufacturer’s latest e-newsletter. The item praises CBB’s creative design acumen, client service dedication and commitment to sustainability, illustrated in the recent Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Façade Restoration exterior lighting. More specifically, the article pays tribute to the company’s pioneering – and continually developing – work in using LEDs in lighting design that is both energy-efficient and visually spectacular.
CBB’s Key Role in NYC’s 101 Best Projects
Richard McMillan’s recently-published book, 101 Cool Buildings: The Best of New York City Architecture 1999-2009 (available from Amazon) documents the most exciting building design work in the City over the past ten years. An index groups these varied buildings by location, and also identifies the architect who designed each project. A distinguishing feature in these projects is their lighting design, representing a prominent, highly visual facet of each building’s overall architecture. Cline Bettridge Bernstein is proud to claim this role in seven of these leading-edge projects – including:
New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, DNA Forensics Biology Lab
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center
Aquatic Center and Ice Rink, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
This guide to the best of modern New York architecture is a tribute to the breadth of CBBLD’s innovative design work, with many of the City’s noted architects.
McGraw-Hill Construction’s sustainable design-focused magazine, GreenSource, covered an example of CBB’s expertise in energy-efficient lighting design for today’s healthcare facilities (January 2010 issue). The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, employs lighting methodologies that meet the most current sustainability goals. Almost all building occupants have access to natural illumination most of the day. CBB instituted a specialized daylight-harvesting control system which has vastly improved the building’s overall energy-efficiency, helping the Center to achieve a 20 percent—and potentially higher—reduction in energy use compared to similar code-compliant buildings.