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  • 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 Plexineon-illuminated Benches

    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.

    PROJECT Transportation center

    SITE Denver

    LOCATION Exterior application

    PRODUCT USE Indirect view

    LIGHTING DESIGN Clanton & Associates, Inc.

    LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Hargreaves Associates

    ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR St. Andrews Construction Services Corp.

    GENERAL CONTRACTORS Kiewit Mass Electric Construction Company

    PRODUCT Plexineon White 1X Series

    LENGTH 834 LF (254 m)

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  • 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 landscape architect.

    “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.”

    Dane Sanders 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.”

    iLight LED products can add distinction to your next interior or exterior project. Learn more at our web site: www.ilight-tech.com.

    LIGHTING DESIGN Clanton & Associates, Inc. www.clantonassociates.com

    LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Hargreaves Associates www.hargreaves.com

    iLight Technologies • 118 South Clinton, Suite 370 • Chicago, IL 60661 • T 312.876.8630 • F 312.876.8631 • www.ilight-tech.com

    About iLight Technologies

    iLight LED products can add impact to your next interior or exterior project, while providing the reliability and durability you demand. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or already have a vision ready to turn into reality, learn more at our website: www.ilight-tech.com.

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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.

    ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR St. Andrews Construction Services Corp. www.sacscolorado.com

    GENERAL CONTRACTORS Kiewit www.kiewit.com

    Mass Electric Construction Company www.masselec.com

    DENVER UNION STATION PROJECT DETAILS