Friday, April 1, 2016

M/E Engineering and SWBR Architects were recently recognized by the Rochester Chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) with two Lighting Awards. The RWC Crother’s Science & Nursing Center won the Unitrac Energy Excellence in Green Lighting Award and Mercy HS for Young Women Performing Arts Center received the Harley Hill Excellence in Lighting for Interior Lighting Award.

The design team received the Harley Hill Excellence in Lighting Award for Interior Lighting for the auditorium which is used for several major productions every year, but is also used on a daily basis by students.  With such high utilization, the lighting system needed to be energy efficient and have a long life.  Overall, the project included a 10,000 square foot renovation of the High School auditorium. The original auditorium was built in 1940 with limited improvements in the last 75 years and is listed on the Town of Brighton Historic Registry.

Additionally, the team received the Unitrac Excellence in Green Lighting Award for the Crother’s Science & Nursing Center. This project is a new 43,872 square foot laboratory building which includes laboratory/classroom, office and common spaces that serve the campus science and nursing programs. The 2-story facility supports the growing Sciences and Nursing programs at the college. Wet and dry labs for the Biology and Chemistry programs, and Skills and Simulation labs for Nursing provide state of the art, hands-on teaching environments that expand the pedagogy options for instructors and improve learning and retention results for students. 

“The Crothers Science & Nursing Center is a signature building for Roberts Wesleyan College. …SWBR captured and designed an innovative academic environment that will enable the College to educate and attract future leaders in the health, science and technology industries. Partnering with SWBR on this project has elevated our institution to a new level of excellence.” says Deana Porterfield, President of Roberts Wesleyan College

The IES Rochester Chapter annually recognizes excellence in design for local lighting projects. An award luncheon was held on February 9, 2016 at Midvale Country Club to honor all of the winning projects in the Rochester area. 

The Harley Hill Excellence in Lighting Awards are a tribute to Harley Hill, a well-known lighting professional and an active IES member. The award signifies the best lighting project as submitted by local firms and as judged by members of the lighting community.