The Gavin Centre, located in the Montreal borough of Ville Saint-Laurent, provides virtual offices and executive suites to a range of clients. The 1960’s-constructed building was renovated in 2004. It houses fifteen fully furnished suites, a modern boardroom, and a full-time receptionist. An adjoining Tim Hortons is also located in the same building.
The Gavin Centre management examined energy and maintenance costs for the building. They found that they could save considerably on both by replacing older lighting with newer LED luminaires. Gavin Centre director, Daniel Mammone identified the savings potential for the lighting upgrade.
“We wanted to reduce energy and maintenance costs, and knew we had to look at a lighting upgrade to achieve this,” said Mammone. “With the commitment to improved lighting, we also saw an opportunity to improve the aesthetics of the building. The Gavin Centre is situated next to a major highway and is therefore very visible. We felt we could drive client interest in our facility with better lighting.”
The Gavin Centre selected local contractor Concept Illumination to perform the upgrade. The Concept Illumination team replaced the lighting throughout the building, including in the boardroom, the suites, the corridors and lobby areas, as well as in the bathrooms. They also switched to LED wall packs for building’s exterior.
Inside, Concept Illumination installed a mix of 2ft x 2ft and 2ft x 4ft LED panels. All of the panels were a uniform 3500K color temperature and featured 0-10V dimming. A total of about a hundred-and-fifty fluorescent fixtures were replaced with LED panels throughout the building interior. The switch to LEDs reportedly improved the light levels.
For the exterior lighting, twenty LED wall packs replaced high-pressure sodium predecessors for accenting the building columns. The 4000K light produced by the new exterior LED luminaires delivers light than the orange light from the previously installed high-pressure sodium fixtures.
The big windows along the building’s front offer a view into the building interior from the outside. The new indoor and outdoor lighting works together to present the Gavin Centre as inviting and modern to possible clients driving by.
The Gavin Centre’s management has found that the lighting renovation has reduced energy costs for lighting by two-thirds. Additionally, the more reliable, longer life LED fixtures have virtually eliminated maintenance costs related to changing bulbs and tubes.
The Centre’s management has also noticed an increase in business since the new lighting was installed. “There is no doubt the lighting upgrade has resulted in more clients. It’s made the whole building look more welcoming, both inside and out,” stated Mammone.