Notable retailers including Loblaws, Home Depot and LCBO anchor the College Square retail complex in Ottawa, Ontario Canada that spans 389,244 sq. ft. Since 2003, the shopping center has served a busy area near Algonquin College, in Ottawa, Ontario. Property managers Leikin Management Inc. had four objectives as they commenced an exterior lighting upgrade. The property management firm partnered with Concept Illumination to plan and perform the renovation.
“Saving energy was the primary concern,” explained Barbara Farber, for Leikin Management. “We also wanted to reduce maintenance costs, improve the aesthetic quality of the complex, and make the area even safer after dark.”
The installation was subsequently completed over two phases. First, Concept Illumination replaced the wall packs on the rear of each block of buildings with the latest LED products.
The company understood the urgency of replacing the lighting as quickly as possible, because several of the then existing wall pack lights were burned out and daylight hours were shortening in the middle of the Ottawa winter. Concept Illumination understood the urgency of replacing the lighting as quickly as possible. Despite battling freezing rain and snow, the installation of the wall packs was completed within a day, minimizing disruption to tenants and ensuring that the complex remained safe.
A couple of months later, Concept Illumination also switched the pole lighting to LED, delivering a crisp light on the parking lot and storefronts. Overall, the company replaced thirty-two metal halide floods, forty-two metal halide pole mount fixtures, and forty-one wall packs of various light sources with energy efficient LED luminaires around the building.
The lighting replacement achieved all of Leikin’s objectives. The property manager estimate energy savings to be significant. The total energy savings are projected to be 160,000 kWh annually. The property management firm also received rebates hrough Hydro Ottawa’s saveONenergy retrofit program.
With Concept Illumination’s help, Leikin Management applied for the program and successfully recovered about 20% of the overall project cost – an outcome with which Farber says Leikin is “very pleased”. Concept Illumination asserts that tenant and customer safety has been improved and visibility enhanced with the installation of the new, brighter and more uniform LED lighting.
The property managers will also benefit from reduced maintenance. The long life, durable LED products will not need replacing for tens of thousands of hours, reducing the resources required to address lighting failure. Aesthetically, the entire complex has benefited from increased visibility. An even, attractive light, now baths the storefront facades, making signage more noticeable and generally making stores more welcoming.
“We were impressed with the knowledge and service provided by Concept Illumination,” said Farber. “They were very helpful in assisting us to secure incentives through the saveONenergyprogram.”