A passionate advocate for efficient and effective use of evolving technology and methodology. His ability to collaborate with a team of professionals to create solutions for complex challenges enables immersive, interactive, and impactful environment manifestation.
Zone Bowling Centre - Coquitlam
This bowling centre was experiencing intermittent flashes from their LED lighting; almost a few flashes every second! It was incredibly distracting to patrons, and needed immediate attention.
Our crew arrived, diagnosed the situation, and resolved it with custom manufactured parts within two business days. The facility is now fully operational!
We encourage you to try out Zone Bowling in Coquitlam! The lighting show for Glow Bowling is fun for the whole family!
- Photography Compliments of Zone Bowling.
Crofton Paper Mill
This industrial paper mill facility is approximately fifty years old. The facility has undergone a variety of additions, upgrades, renovations, and demolitions. The lighting system is appropriate for a variety of upgrades that provide a return on investment of only a few years. The upgrades reduce maintenance, increase lighting levels, improve colour rendering, improve employee well-being, improve safety, increase energy savings due to reduced energy consumption, and provide a greater level of standardization throughout the facility.
- Photography Compliments of Benjamin Feagin Jr.
Shambhala Music Festival
A dedicated crew of 2000 workers and volunteers keep the bustling city of Shambhala operating during showtime. Combined with our ten thousand guests, this makes Shambhala the largest city in the West Kootenays for five days. All of this on a farm without so much as an electricity hookup. Everything is brought in to bring this temporary city to such vivid life. When we depart, the farm returns to its off gird existence. Hay fields replace campgrounds and cows roam the forest trails.
Shambhala is held annually in early August and boasts 6 uniquely themed stages, each managed by their own Stage Director. Each of them books their talent, dreams the scene and delivers a cutting edge experience unlike any other. Shambhala aims to bring the best in up & coming electronic music talent from around the globe. We believe in supporting our local community and strive to excel in the festival and events industry.
- Image courtesy of Shambhala Music Festival.
Bass Coast’s primary vision is to support the local electronic underground arts community on the west coast of BC, by providing an event with international recognition. We are very proud to be west-coaster’s with the name BASS COAST; having the initials of the land and environment we are deeply connected to. The love of Bass electronic music and creative innovation, in all forms, is at the core of the experience we are passionate about providing.
The arts culture that surrounds our music is a rich creative community of artists, scientists, designers, yogi’s, environmentalists, freedom fighters, business minds, intellectuals, party-goers, poets and dancers. We believe that the Bass Coast community is a supportive environment where we hope to inspire each participant to find deeper layers of themselves.
- Image courtesy of Bass Coast.
Entheos Gathering 2012
The Entheos Gathering festival in 2012 was the culmination of six years of planning, hard work, love, energy, sweat and much more. We planned for the biggest festival to date, the most incredible mix of music, art, intention, spectacle, education, spirituality, creativity, community… a unique experience beyond just a music festival or just a conference. Expectations were high and people came from near and far to see, hear and feel everything that is Entheos, to be part of its creation.
- Image courtesy of Entheos Gathering.
Good for You and Me!
A collaborative, environmentally friendly art-piece.
Pure, healthy, wholesome, delicious, iconic of knowledge.
Fresh apples, lights dimmed, video mapping.
Apples; the symbolic image of health is used in an art installation built in a billboard format to juxtapose social idealism with harmful reality. The same strategies used in advertisement to encourage one to buy and consume are used in this installation to raise questions such as the importance of the superficial appearance of the apple compared with the serious health and environmental damage done to achieve it.
Is it the image of the apple we crave? The apple is a symbol for the lengths we have gone, and the harm we have caused, in order to achieve a “good” life?
All components of this exhibit have been produced utilizing recycled materials that have been recycled again.
Materials used in this exhibit include:
- Images courtesy of Joffrey Middleton-Hope.
World Autism Awareness Day - “Light It Up Blue” - @YVR
World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. World Autism Awareness activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, World Autism Awareness Day celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.
On this day, we participated in “Light It Up Blue”, at the Vancouver International Airport. A short time frame was the greatest challenge - with only one week to prepare, and occurring on the same weekend as the Juno’s, equipment procurement proved to be difficult, but not impossible. Integration was the following challenge, as equipment was required to be procured from multiple sources. A solid team of event professionals that included programming and integration specialists ensured that this production was a success.
- Images courtesy of Joffrey Middleton-Hope.
Granville Island Exterior Lighting Redesign
“Granville Island is a peninsula and shopping district inVancouver, British Columbia,Canada. It is located in False Creek directly across fromDowntown Vancouver’s peninsula, under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge.
The peninsula was once an industrial manufacturing area, but today it is now a major tourist destination and working neighbourhood. In 2004, Project for Public Spaces named Granville Island “One of the World’s Great Places”.”
Above all else, we wish to keep the history alive and expressed by ensuring that finishes, lighting hardware, and building materials reflect the memories of the island. Ensuring that lighting hardware is appropriate for an application goes beyond calculations and lighting levels when aesthetics play a direct role in the identity of the past. Aesthetics can be cost effective; it simply means that thoughtful and intentional design skills are required.
The island’s design document included, beyond exterior lighting design services, an analyzation of current conditions of the island. After a review, we discovered that the Granville Island boasted 300% more lighting hardware components than were initially expected. We immediately challenged the issue and engaged measures to ensure the sheer mass of the project would be resolved through a carefully planned execution.
Further, seasonal lighting expenses are quite high for the island, and our design integrates seasonal lighting capabilities into the Island’s general lighting systems. This provides the client with the flexibility that other venues such as BC Place and Science World have come to know and enjoy. The annual seasonal budget, using this method, would result in seasonal lighting budgets being reduced to zero, or a fractional amount could be specifically assigned to large, impactful feature installations rather than stringing holiday lights along the architecture.
Overall Safety and Securty of the Island has been addressed as well. We have included comments from visiting patrons, bikers, residents of the island, and the Vancouver Police Department, which have all provided us the ability to mark every reported theft, assault, or other criminal activity between dusk and dawn, when artificial lighting is the only lighting source. This information assists us in drawing conclusions about how lighting levels on the island are impacting crime in general, or certain types of crime. Community involvement allows the client base of Granville Island to feel heard and considered throughout the process. Although a formal polling process was not exercised, throughout the site evaluations, the public was generally interested in the work we were doing while on-site.
The lighting and electrical hardware on the island is more than two decades beyond its’ useful life, and has begun degrading to the point that the hardware fills with water, posing electrical hazards that need attention as quickly as possible. The improvements to the Island have been placed on a fast-track to ensure the most degraded of the hardware is replaced first. A full review of the island for conformance to canadian electrical code standards would identify a variety of issues that will need to be addressed, above and beyond the many concerns that the Design Document resolves.
Once the improvements are completed, the island would be more visible, dark corners will not exist to the degree they do today, parking routes to event venues will be better lit, and the island will also be able to provide seasonal lighting effects and patterns utilizing the general illumination hardware that has been specified in the design document.
Looking into the future, a draft Lighting Ordinance has also been provided, to ensure that tenant spaces are aware of the general Granville Island Lighting Aesthetic, and any renovation or new tenant would be requested to conform to those ordinances. Some other areas of development with similar policies include Whistler Village.
- Images courtesy of Global Air Photos.
Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre
This establishment is designed to embody the architectural influences of the Squamish Nation Longhouse and the Lil’Wat Istken (Pit House). A space for celebration of collaboration between two nations, consistently preserving the two cultures. A monumental Great Hall, two additional rare exhibit galleries, a theatre, a gallery, and a gift shop are the main uses of the space.
The lighting system is fully controllable by staff, with multiple lighting levels and settings to accomodate daylight harvesting, mobile artefacts, and events in the space. During installation, it became apparent that the hardware was not capable of performing to the requirements of the space, and instead of replacing the equipment, we opted to modify existing equipment within acceptance by the manufacturer, to ensure it communicated with a variety of systems.
An innovative control system allows maintenance and lighting control from a technician’s remote location. Reducing site visits for minor modifications has ensured low upkeep costs for the client. This feature also reflects the goals of the facility to be sustainable and energy efficient.
The project has continued to remain active, because of our continued participation in the maintenance of the facility, although infrequent.
- Images courtesy of Eos Lightmedia.
Lynden Pindling International Airport Redevelopment
The innovative design is inspired by the Bahamian islands, seas and sunny skies. As the front door to the Bahamas, it is an expression of the island communities it serves, while delivering a level of efficiency and service consistent with 21st century international standards.
Stantec provided full architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, lighting design, and engineering services on the project that has transformed Nassau’s aging Lynden Pindling International Airport into an efficient, attractive 21st century airport terminal that captures the essence and experience of the Bahamian Islands.
Due to a variety of energy, maintenance, and sustainability concerns, lighting for art and features were designed to balance solar lighting levels rather than try to create ten times the level of direct sunlight, which would essentially create a massive energy bill due to Nassau’s exceptionally high energy rates. The lighting provided prominent feature lighting levels when compared to the overall morning and evening solar lighting levels.
Astronomically Timed Controls, as well as occupancy and manual controls, allowed the feature lighting system to become an integrated part of the airport, but separate from general illumination lighting, so the feature lighting could be turned off during periods of low occupancy.
- Images courtesy of Stantec Consulting.
Lights of Hope
St. Paul’s Lights of Hope is a tradition in Vancouver that has lasted for over fifteen years. Every year, the Foundation raises funds towards patient care and research at St. Paul’s Hospital. In 2011, for example, the Foundation raised 2.27 million dollars!
Our installation allowed the public to stand in front of the display and activate sponsor stars and a variety of shows when they were standing on top of a decal that was applied to the sidewalk.
This interactivity was achieved utilizing a combination of laser sensors, distance motion sensors, and algorithms to compensate for vandalism and equipment malfunctions. The display would continue to operate, even in the case that part of the system was vandalized or otherwise damaged.
The scale of the display, the amount of power required to be controlled, as well as the number of individually controllable objects, were some of the challenges of this project which we overcame and provided innovative solutions for.
- Images courtesy of Joffrey Middleton-Hope
Mini Yaletown - Specialty Lighting and Energy Retrofit
After a move to a larger, new venue in 2010, Mini Yaletown experienced the challenge of being seen and recognized in their new location. In combination with strategic signage adjustments, we designed a highly visible public art installation on the facade of the Mini Yaletown building.
During the design phase, it became apparent that the sales floor was quite dim, due to the previous tenant being a furniture sales company. An energy retrofit was designed, to both decrease energy consumption and increase lighting levels at the same time.
Following the energy retrofit, poor energy quality caused a number of problems throughout the lighting system. Poor energy quality is often a factor in historic and older buildings. We designed and implemented energy isolation utilities to protect equipment from poor energy quality.
The installations continue to operate today, and we encourage you to visit the site some time soon!
- Images courtesy of ChrisMara Photography.