Kenall’s TekDek™ Helps VCU Achieve Award-Winning Energy Savings with Parking Structure Lighting

TekDek luminaire and TekLink controls in a parking garage at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Energy sustainability is important to Kenall and a critical measure of success for our lighting and controls business, so we’re excited to see VCU receive recognition for the Jefferson Street Project

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), in Richmond, Virginia, has committed to be carbon-neutral (net zero) by 2050. Reducing electrical power usage is a major component of this goal, as purchased electricity accounts for half of the university’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Recently, VCU was recognized by Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) for achieving a 73% energy savings at the Jefferson Street Parking Deck, compared to previous usage, with the installation of TekDek™ LED luminaires and TekLink™ controls, both made by Kenall Manufacturing.

When considering how to best update the deck’s existing lighting in 2015, VCU staff and architects at Baskervill, an architecture, interior design and engineering firm in Richmond, Virginia, wanted a high level of uniformity to ensure the safety of garage patrons, but they also needed to reduce energy consumption in the 689-space garage. The facility was built in 2008, and “… at the time, the emphasis was on high intensity, high footcandle lighting, but it wasn’t the most energy efficient. Our challenge was to upgrade the whole facility to a modern LED system,” said Jay L. Woodburn, Architect and Principal at Baskervill.

After replacing the existing lighting and adding automated controls for dimming and daylight harvesting, VCU was thrilled to achieve a total energy savings of 73%, which resulted in the project winning the 2017 LEEP Award for “Exemplary Higher Education Sector Parking Facility”. The award was presented to representatives of VCU at the IFMA’s World Workplace Conference & Expo 2017 on October 18 – 20, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

“We are happy that VCU was able to get a step closer to realizing its 2050 net zero objective with the help of our TekDek and TekLink products,” said Joe Welch, Kenall’s Parking and Controls Product Manager. “Energy sustainability is important to Kenall and a critical measure of success for our…

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