Fort Sam Houston BRAC Student Activity Center

Plexineon adds an exciting design element, plus illumination, in a space with low ceilings and no natural light.

Plexineon adds an exciting design element, plus illumination, in a space with low ceilings and no natural light.

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Eyes are drawn upwards to the random pattern of rectangles outlined in Plexineon Blue and Plexineon Orange fixtures.

Eyes are drawn upwards to the random pattern of rectangles outlined in Plexineon Blue and Plexineon Orange fixtures.

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A Place of Their Own

Plexineon Adds Atmosphere Inside Rec Center for Military Students

With its rich legacy of military history and operations, San Antonio, Texas is known as “Military City USA.” In the heart of San Antonio is Fort Sam Houston, a historic military installation that is home to the largest healthcare training center in the world.

Students taking classes on the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) now enjoy a new three-story, LEED-certified building that houses the Fort Sam Houston BRAC Student Activity Center. Nicknamed “The Club,” it’s a place where trainees can relax and take a break from their training and studies. The space also reflects the building’s overall architectural vision: an artful blend of tradition with technology. Creative use of iLight Plexineon Blue and Plexineon Orange fixtures extends that intent.

“I knew I could do anything with the Plexineon fixtures.” – Annette Guerrero, Interior Designer, RVK Architects

The Design Challenge

With low ceilings and no natural light in the lower-level space, lighting was a key consideration for Annette Guerrero, Interior Designer at San Antonio-based RVK Architects. Budget was also an issue, and so were the many visual elements in the 62,000-square-foot space — from TVs, a dance floor and DJ booth to a soda bar, dartboards, pool tables, and an ATM.

“It was challenging to add more for decorative purposes when we had so much going on visually for recreational purposes,” Guerrero says.

However, once she learned about Plexineon, Guerrero was inspired. “I knew I could do anything with the Plexineon fixtures,” she says.

The centerpiece of Guerrero’s subsequent design became blue and orange rectangles outlined in Plexineon and suspended against a black painted ceiling. Guerrero says, “It was an exciting piece to present” to her client — and one that was met with approval.

The Plexineon Advantage

From there, the process was smooth. Guerrero says “installation was fantastic,” and the final effect provides just the right aesthetic, with the light reflecting off multiple surfaces and creating an exciting vibe.

“The Plexineon helps define the space and adds a festive feel,” Guerrero says. “It definitely transforms and brightens, but it’s an opaque light — not blinding. It’s unobtrusive and didn’t need a lot of power. It came out looking just the way we wanted.”

Artful use of Plexineon defines the student activity center, extending the vision to blend tradition with technology.

Artful use of Plexineon defines the student activity center, extending the vision to blend tradition with technology.

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Project Details

PROJECT
Fort Sam Houston BRAC Student Activity Center

SITE
Fort Sam Houston, Texas

LOCATION
Interior Application

PRODUCT USE
Direct View

ARCHITECT, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, & INTERIOR DESIGN
RVK Architects
www.rvk-architects.com

PRODUCT
Plexineon Blue, Plexineon Orange

LENGTH
384 LF (117 m)

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