Galileo’s Pavilion by Sunlite Science and Technology, Inc. and Studio 804, Inc.
Sunlite Science & Technology utilized LED modules and fiber optic cable to create the custom lighting piece for Studio 804, Inc.’s Galileo Pavilion on the Kansas Johnson County Community College (JCCC) campus. The Galileo Pavilion houses two classrooms, a student lounge and serves as a teaching tool to any passerby who wanders in. Beyond the unique lighting system, the building includes three green walls, a wind turbine, and forty four photovoltaic panels that illustrate the commitment by the junior college to sustainable buildings and design.
“The entire building was designed to take advantage of sun throughout the day, however once the sun set the custom light fixtures created a representation of the starry night sky. Using Leo Villareal’s Microcosm at the Nerman as precedent, the light fixture, Constellation, will not only represent the starry night sky but continue the same characteristics of pin point lights into the project,” said Thomas Nguyen, architect intern at Beck Group in Dallas, TX and University of Kansas Studio 804 graduate.
Sunlite was able to adapt its LED to Fiber Optic coupling techniques, from previously designing boroscopes, to achieve over 50% coupling efficiency for the Studio 804 desired design – one of the highest coupling the efficiencies for LED to Fiber currently on the market. The custom light in the main student lounge houses 64 high powered LED modules and the two vestibule each house panels containing 12. Each LED module has an efficacy reaching 70 lm/W. And all 88 modules when coupled with the fibers provide 5,280 Lumens with a 50,000 hour warranty. Sunlite's SunStip40 48” and 24" LED strips in cool white were also utilized as the green wall lighting system for the pavilion to aid in photosynthesis. Each SunStrip40 module has an efficacy reaching 73 lm/W with a 50,000 hour warranty.
“Without Sunlite technology incorporated into the design at Johnson County Community College’s living walls we [Studio 804, Inc.] never would have been able to achieve the quality of lighting we needed and most likely would have had to cut way back on the entire concept,” said Dan Rockhill, executive director of Studio 804 and J. L. Constant Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Kansas.
“The LED lights have significantly impacted the plant growth and fullness in the Living Wall installations,” said Katie Sadler, greenhouse manager at the University of Kansas department of ecology and evolutionary biology. “The plants have responded very positively to the quality and high intensity of the lights with increased health and vigor of the plants, which has resulted in increased plant growth and fullness of the installation.”
Studio 804, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation committed to the continued research and development of sustainable, affordable, and inventive building solutions. The organization is a comprehensive learning opportunity for graduate students at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning by sending students through the experience of design/build.