Altman Lighting benefits Towson concert hall
Monday, 23 September 2019
towson-university-kaplan-hall-2The 500-seat Howard J. Kaplan Concert Hall now features Chalice 70W recessed downlights from Altman
USA - Towson University in Maryland has created an inclusive learning environment situated near the area’s prominent educational, community and cultural resources. From theatre to dance and music, the university’s performing arts programmes produce over 200 student and professional performances each year.
Needing performance venues which can keep up with the busy production schedule, they called up Pennsylvania-based Illuminated Integration to renovate the 500-seat Howard J. Kaplan Concert Hall with a new lighting system including Chalice 70W recessed downlights from Altman Lighting.
“We were initially brought onto the project as the antiquated lighting system in the concert hall had failed from a controls perspective, and they had decided to convert the entire space to LED as well,” begins Mike Birardi, lead design creative, Illuminated Integration. “The targets in doing this were to reduce energy and maintenance costs while improving the overall illumination of the space without losing the architectural design aesthetics. We really tried to give them a solution that could do all those things for better performance with lower maintenance and more energy-efficient usage.”
Working with Towson University for the first time, Birardi and the team at Illuminated Integration began researching the most beneficial lighting technologies.
“Form-factor was a big challenge because we had to find a lighting technology that could fit the existing openings in the ceiling for the downlights,” continues Birardi. “We also wanted a technology that could be controlled via DMX with a reliable reputation. We have used the Chalice fixtures in the past and in terms of light output versus wattage, they provide a great balance plus a wide variety of optics as well.
“We didn’t want to damage any of the existing plaster work, so we simply pulled out the old fixtures and replaced them with the Chalice luminaires using the existing trim rings already in the ceiling,” explains Birardi.
Now complete and fully operational, the renovated Howard J. Kaplan Concert Hall is ready to take on the extensive Towson University production schedule.
(Jim Evans)

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