IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES.
Bench planters underlit with iLight Plexineon White 1X Series fixtures
add drama to Denver Union Station’s Light Rail Plaza.
AN iLIGHT SUCCESS STORY
ADDING GLOW TO NEWLY RENOVATED
DENVER UNION STATION
Bustling New Public Plaza Features
In downtown Denver, a $4.7 billion redevelopment of Union Station will create a bustling
urban center and multimodal transit hub that integrates light rail, commuter rail, Amtrak,
and bus service, as well as new private development and public spaces.
The project is already taking shape with completion of its first phase: Light Rail Plaza,
which comprises the new light rail station plus 40,000 square feet of outdoor plaza space.
To provide a pleasant experience for daily commuters, the plaza includes nine teardrop-
shaped bench planters that incorporate softscape, shade plantings and seating while
channeling pedestrian traffic and limiting vehicular access. Underlit with iLight Plexineon
White 1X Series linear LED luminaires, the planters also add drama to the dynamic new
public realm after nightfall.
Clanton & Associates, Inc.
St. Andrews Construction
Mass Electric Construction
Plexineon White 1X Series
834 LF (254 m)
The Design Challenge
Dane Sanders, Principal at Clanton & Associates, specified
Plexineon to illuminate the sculptural shape of the planters,
which were designed by Hargreaves Associates, the
“We needed a durable product that would be long-lasting and
reinforce safety and security in this public space,” he says.
Having used Plexineon before, “I knew it could be bent
to follow the curved form,” Sanders says, adding that
the electrical contractor, however, was skeptical. “He was
concerned about bending the LED product in the field.”
Addressing that apprehension, Sanders says, “iLight was
really great about providing 8-foot product samples for
the contractors to mock-up and test the field bending
capability.” The iLight team also coordinated with
Hargreaves Associates to integrate flush-to-grade power
supply boxes into the space.
During installation, a further challenge was connecting
the Plexineon beneath the seat wall overhang without
cracking the concrete. The solution was mounting clips
to the vertical face of the seat wall behind a metal band
just beneath the overhang, plus doubling up on factory
mounting clips to provide secure, concealed reinforcement.
“Plexineon has great light output and
excellent color consistency.”
Principal, Clanton & Associates
The Plexineon Advantage
By the time the Plexineon fixtures were installed, Sanders
says the electrical contractor “had done a real 180.
Plexineon’s constructability won him over.”
The newly installed planters allow views and easy pedestrian
circulation across the plaza. At night, they appear to float,
providing a glow that fits into the overall visual hierarchy.
Just as the Denver Union Station Project Authority and the
Regional Transportation District (RTD) envisioned, the plaza
sets the stage for a vibrant and dynamic new centerpiece to
the downtown and the region.
“Everyone loves it,” Sanders says. “The Plexineon has great
light output and excellent color consistency. There really
is no other product with the same longevity that can bend
and is as durable.”
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Clanton & Associates, Inc.
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The Plexineon fixtures were bent in the field to outline the sculptural
teardrop shape of the bench planters.
At night, the Plexineon-illuminated bench planters provide a glow
that fits the overall visual hierarchy of the space.
St. Andrews Construction Services Corp.
Mass Electric Construction Company
DENVER UNION STATION PROJECT DETAILS