Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

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Project Description

Light illuminates a prominent terminal, reflecting the historic and civic nature of Washington, DC — while utilizing state-of-the-art, energy-conserving lighting systems.

Working closely with architects Cesar Pelli & Associates, Leo A. Daly, MWAA and the engineer, HLB was able to fully integrate the lighting with the architecture. The result is a system that not only meets functional lighting and energy requirements, but also reinforces the architectural program.

Our involvement on the new terminal at Washington National Airport began in July 1991 when we participated in a thorough photographic and written survey of the existing conditions. The historic nature of the original terminal became both a source
of design inspiration and a dilemma (restoratively speaking) for the team. The lighting was integrated into the architectural structure to softly illuminate the corrugated metal vaults, which enhance the grandeur. Down lighting highlights the extensive art program throughout. The small metal halide par lamp discreetly placed in the vaults added sparkle and a lively animated character to the public areas.

Project Highlights

• Illumination of public art
• Hidden vault metal halide lamps


• Cesar Pelli & Associates
• Leo A. Daly


Project Background

• 1,000,000 square feet
• $800 million

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