Arizona State University Student Pavilion Wins National Lighting Award for Energy Efficiency

Sustainable lighting design supports the University’s carbon neutral goals.

HGA has won a national Award of Merit for Arizona State University Student Pavilion in Tempe in the 2019 IES Illumination Awards program.

The Student Pavilion earned honors in the Energy and Environmental Design category, which recognizes quality lighting installations in commercial and industrial buildings that incorporate advanced energy-saving strategies and environmentally responsible solutions.

Envisioned as a cornerstone for student activities and academic life, the 75,000 square-foot, three-story Student Pavilion designed serves as a multi-purpose event and student-activity space with a 1200-guest auditorium and various-sized meeting rooms.

The architectural lighting design takes the philosophy of ‘keeping it simple.’ Lighting placement is focused on the task while considering visual comfort and user acuity, as well as architectural integration. Lines of light transition between spaces, progressing in frequency and rhythm as activities change throughout the building. Dancing lines within the event space, for instance, create a ceiling plane emphasizing movements of building users, student life, and the university community.

Additionally, the Net Zero Energy, LEED Platinum building promotes the University’s goals to achieve a carbon neutral campus by 2025.

Dynamic exterior glazing and daylight harvesting technologies address changing daylight contributions while photovoltaic panels harness available energy. LED lighting reduces energy load and enables varying levels of dimming and occupancy controls. Networked lighting controls and separately metered lighting loads are connected to the Campus Energy Information System, allowing feedback and monitoring of building energy.

Over the past year, the Student Pavilion has become a popular campus destination, with guest lecturers, musical and comedic troupes, and student-led groups booking spaces to capacity, notes Chrysanthi Stockwell, LC, Associate IALD, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Lighting Designer at HGA. As such, HGA and architectural partner Weddle Gilmore of Scottsdale, Arizona, continue to collaborate with ASU to monitor system components and energy-performance goals.

Sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society, the IES Illumination Awards program recognizes professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design. The awards were presented at the IES Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, August 8, 2019.