Northwest Farm Credit Services HQ

At the new headquarters building for Northwest Farm Credit Services (NFCS) in Spokane, Wash., a 28-foot-tall feature wall is a focal point as guests enter the lobby. It blends the organic feel of wood slats with the high-tech look of iLight Hypnotica color-changing LED fixtures.

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Despite a narrow profile, Hypnotica’s light quality is impressive. Custom lighting capabilities enabled NFCS to match its corporate color, plus display other colors for holidays and events.

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Making A Statement 

Hypnotica adds the right touch to a lobby feature wall

Northwest Farm Credit Services (NFCS) wanted to make a statement at their new headquarters building in Spokane, Wash.

The result is a soaring 28-foot-tall feature wall in the lobby atrium that blends the organic feel of wood slats interspersed with the high-tech look of Hypnotica color-changing LED fixtures.

Visible from both the main level and the floor above, the feature wall visually connects the two spaces while also providing an opportunity for NFCS to reinforce its brand via Hypnotica’s custom lighting capabilities.

The Design Challenge
Kelly Waterman, Principal Engineer at KWR, LLC, along with architect Charles Zanbergen and Interior Designer Kristina Dunbar, conceived the overall design for the feature wall, but several logistical challenges made it necessary to find just the right lighting product.

“We needed certain lengths, and were going to have to fit an integral DMX driver into a small space, plus figure out how to coordinate power,” he says. “We determined that we needed to manufacture the wood so that we left enough depth for light fixtures and line voltage.”

After considering several options, Waterman requested a sample of Hypnotica. He was quickly convinced it was the right fixture for the application.

“Hypnotica was designed to do what we needed right out of the box,” he says. “Its mounting clips addressed concerns we had about getting an exact fit when installing the fixtures into the 3-inch wood slat openings. We could move the mounting clips as needed if the pre-fabricated wood arrived and was slightly off,” he says.

In addition, Waterman was impressed by the quality of the light, despite Hypnotica’s narrow profile, as well as its color-changing capabilities.

“Hypnotica was designed to do what we needed right out of the box.”
– Kelly Waterman, KWR, LLC

The Plexineon Advantage
The Hypnotica fixtures were installed before the wood panels and then tweaked until a seamless look was achieved.

Another plus is that a bright shade of green is one of the colors that the fixtures display — NFCS’s corporate color. “It took some training to understand how the controls work, Waterman says, “but we were able to match that green and also apply other colors for holidays, events, etc.”

In the end, the client is “very happy” with the whole effect — a striking element that provides a focal point as guests enter the building. “They’re thrilled,” Waterman says. “At the opening, everyone wanted to photograph it. It came out just as well as I had hoped it would.”

Hypnotica was the product of choice because it is available in certain lengths, and its movable mounting clips ensured an exact fit in the 3-inch wood slat openings.

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Project Details

PROJECT
Northwest Farm Credit Services HQ

SITE
Spokane, Washington

LOCATION
Interior Application

PRODUCT USE
Direct View

ARCHITECT
Charles Zandbergen, Wolfe Architectural Group

INTERIOR DESIGN
Katrina Dunbar, Design Source

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
Kelly Waterman, KWR, LLC

PRODUCT
Hypnotica

LENGTH
29 LF (8.84 m)