The 135,000 square foot sports and recreation facility integrates green building principles through the use of daylight harvesting, photo-sensor informed lighting controls, on-site storm water management, recycled materials, and a “cool” roof. We linked up with New York Principal and Daylighting Leader, Hayden McKay, to get the daylighting scoop.

What made this project or experience special to you and your team?

It is an indoor sports venue where the desire was to have it naturally lighted throughout the day, which differs from our usual sports project.

Describe an energy challenge and how was it met.

The building was oriented toward the ocean view and breezes, which was not optimal for daylight or sun control.

Describe a design challenge and how was it achieved.

The large ocean view window was originally on the SW end of the building. We recommended moving it to the East side so that shading would be needed for less times of the year. We also added clerestory windows and lightshelves, so the natural light would reflect onto interior surfaces, and reduce the contrast from the windows and skylights.

How did HLB’s daylighting services give value to the project?

We worked with the team at the earliest stages of design to incorporate sun control and fenestration that integrated beautifully with the architecture and the design intent. Studies help with the design of sun control so that the sun would not hit the athletic track and event areas, but would allow the maximum amount of daylight to energize the grand scale of the event arena.

Were there budget constraints and how were they met?

This project was designed and bid before LED’s were a viable source, so multiple rows of fluorescent lighting were used to create 5 continuous zones of lighting. This enabled multiple levels of low-cost, high quality daylight harvesting and an indirect setting for nighttime social events. A secondary system of HID high-bays is available for high-intensity competitions in the evenings or overcast days, but used sparingly.

Were there controls, custom fixtures, commissioning, or daylighting scope for HLB?

In addition to the daylighting and electric lighting design, HLB provided full design, zoning and specification of lighting controls and daylight harvesting, final commissioning, solar shading design and coordination of automated shading controls. The Track and Field Arena is controlled by multiple presets that start with natural light and adds the electrical lighting needed for each individual function and competition level.

What were the project’s goals regarding lighting?

There were functional requirements for the competition level lighting for City and State athletic events.

How were these goals achieved?

The use of low-glare daylight for the primary source in all above-grade spaces, supplemented by a very flexible but low-cost electrical lighting system. Industrial luminaires were used in fun ways, and in sync with the architect’s bold color palette, such as the directional arrows pointing the way in the underground warm-up track.

Are there any best practices that we have learned through this project?

Some long delays in the start of construction showed the wisdom of design intent reports, lighting and daylighting control intent narrative, and performance specifications, since some of the specified products were no longer made once the project was under construction.

“My favorite part of this project was being involved early enough in the design to have an impact on the design of fenestration, and working with the architects to develop a building with high quality daylight and views, that provide the athletes a strong connection to nature and the ocean from dawn to dusk.”


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