Walsh College Troy Interiors
With a blank brick exterior, a single door, and few narrow windows, the oldest building and public face of Walsh College along Livernois Road gave no indication of the exceptional learning experience within those deceptively-average walls. A $15million improvement project changed all that, demolishing an old, outdated building from the 1970s, and replacing it with a new, 30,000 square foot addition that features three distinct pavilions: a success center, a student lounge, and one-stop shop for student services.
The building features advanced metering of all systems within, including HVAC, plumbing, lighting, power, etc. This technology provides Walsh staff the ability to easily identify specific areas of abnormally high energy consumption and take immediate action to correct the issue. The advanced system breaks the entire facility into multiple sectors, allowing for more accurate monitoring. Portions of the building can be isolated and compared against others, making it easier to identify not only what is occurring, but where.
Because various lighting fixture types were used, integration of lighting and dimming controls was a challenge. We corrected the issue by using select fixtures with specialty ballasts and connectors that allowed for unified dimming. Once in place, the level of light emitted from each fixture was able to be finely tuned to function with surrounding fixtures as well as natural daylighting in each space, producing uniform lighting levels throughout the building.