Clearer, stronger and more energy-efficient lighting is the goal of a capital improvement project along the 12th Street perimeter of the Pennsylvania Convention Center that will save at least $33,016 in annual electricity costs. The Convention Center is replacing the Metal Halide lighting system in the 12th Street underpass between Race and Arch streets with 202 LED lights, reducing energy costs significantly.
“This is a capital improvement that will bring energy savings, increased and qualitatively better lighting for our customers, tourists, visitors and locals walking through the 12th Street underpass. The reduction of our maintenance costs is another added benefit,” said Ahmeenah Young, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. “This is yet another example of our commitment to sustainability.”
The Convention Center, which is scheduled to host the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo from Nov. 20-22, plans for the updates to be completed this fall. The Center’s 2011 expansion received a LEED-Gold certification, a designation that hangs in its Broad Street Atrium entrance.
The western walkway along 12th Street already has received the new lights and the project calls for adding the LED lights along the eastern walkway as well. Finally, new lights will be added inside the overhanging fixtures, enhancing the foot candles, said Stephen Shepper, the Center’s director of engineering. The entire project should be completed by mid-October.
The newer lights are expected to last a minimum of four to five years before needing to be replaced.
“We also plan to upgrade our interior meeting room lights which will add to visual clarity, cost savings and reduced energy usage,” Shepper said.
“We are very excited about these updates which add to our culture of environmental responsibility,” Young said.