Williamson Road Library “Star” Light

Product: Plexineon White 1X 3500, iLight Suspension Mounting System

iLight Plexineon LED fixtures form an oversized star created above an area where young children sit together for story time at Williamson Road Library.

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iLight’s “star light” effortlessly traverses ceiling variation with its aircraft cable suspension system.

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Shining a Light on Childhood Literacy 

A “star light” created with Plexineon is a focal point in renovated library

Inside the Williamson Road Library in Roanoke, Va. — suspended from the ceiling in an area where young children sit together for story time — an oversized star created using iLight Plexineon LED fixtures serves as a symbol of how the city is looking out for its children.

Roanoke has been honored with a record seven All-America City awards for an ongoing, community-wide effort to help all of its young children master the ability to read. The program, called “Star City Reads,” aims to ensure that every child is able to read proficiently by the end of third grade — a benchmark time in a child’s life that has proven critical for paving the path to future academic success.

The Design Challenge

There’s a reason Roanoke is known as the “star city.” Overlooking the city is a nearly 90-foot star-shaped structure that was Installed in 1949. Outlined in neon tubing, the “Roanoke Star” is visible for miles around — a symbol of Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

Recently the city sought to renovate its branch libraries to accommodate growing demand. Tasked with designing the $3.8 million expansion of the Williamson Road branch, Enteros Design, PC sought to integrate a star-shaped lighting feature into the new children’s area.

The design team was unsure which product would be ideal to create a star measuring 12 feet in diameter — with bright, straight lines of light. Then they learned about Plexineon.

“It was painless to make our design reality, because Plexineon could be configured so easily,” says Thomas R. Freeman Jr., RA, at the Richmond-based firm. “Other products come in set lengths, but with Plexineon, we could create the shape and size we wanted.”

“It was painless to make our design reality, because Plexineon could be configured so easily. Other products come in set lengths, but with Plexineon, we could create the shape and size we wanted.”
– Thomas R. Freeman Jr., RA, Enteros Design, PC

 

iLight was also able to help devise a custom suspension mount for the fixture, to overcome a challenge that the ceiling presented. “The ceiling has varying elevations, so the star had to engage the ceiling at varying heights,” Freeman says. “The solution was to use aircraft cable in different lengths, so that the fixture would hang evenly, despite the ceiling variations.”

The Plexineon Advantage

After the year-long renovation, the library reopened with nearly twice as much square footage as it had before. The children’s space — which opens to a new enclosed children’s garden — is one of the most popular areas in the building.

Freeman, who had never worked with Plexineon, said the star exceeded his expectations, and the bright, neon-like light provides just the right illumination. “It’s a nice accent light. It does stand out,” he says. “Everyone’s pleased with it.”

The star-shaped lighting feature measures 12 feet in diameter. Using Plexineon made it possible to create the exact shape and size the designers wanted.

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iLight creates custom clips for suspended projects to maximize the impact of the design, minimize the number of drop points and to simplify the installation process.

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iLight devised a custom suspension mount for the fixture using aircraft cable.

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Using different lengths of cable ensures the fixture hangs evenly, despite several ceiling variations.

Williamson Road Library – High resolution download
Williamson Road Library – Low resolution download

Williamson Road Library – High resolution download
Williamson Road Library – Low resolution download

Williamson Road Library – High resolution download
Williamson Road Library – Low resolution download

Williamson Road Library – High resolution download
Williamson Road Library – Low resolution download

Williamson Road Library – High resolution download
Williamson Road Library – Low resolution download

 

Project Details

PROJECT
Williamson Road Library “Star” Light

SITE
Roanoke, VA

LOCATION
Interior Application

PRODUCT USE
Direct View

CLIENT
City of Roanoke

LIGHTING DESIGN AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
Primera Engineers, Ltd.

ARCHITECT OF RECORD
Enteros Design, PC

ENGINEERING
Ascent Engineering

PRODUCT
Plexineon White 1X 3500, iLight Suspension Mounting System

LENGTH
40 LF (12.13 m)

 

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