Plaza Verde—University of California Irvine

Exterior Lighting Aids Net-Zero Effort

Plaza Verde is a housing complex on the University of California Irvine (UCI) campus. KTGY Architecture + Planning was commissioned to design the complex to connect east campus housing with the main institutional buildings.Illuminating the way are Luminis’ Lumistik CL821 columns. “Security—real and perceived—is always a key consideration for undergraduate student housing,” said Benjamin Kasdan, associate principal at KTGY. “The goal is to ensure the resident students feel safe, but also to reassure their parents.”To this end, transparency is an intentional design element, inside the buildings and out. All structures have breezeways on the main floors


Shapely Performance

The high output and long life of the Oculus exterior downlight are both the result of a proprietary, engineered heat sink that uses the luminaire’s shape to maximize thermal performance. The fully adjustable light module offers 360-degree rotation and a 30-degree tilt angle to put light right where it is needed. Judge’s Comment: “Many specifiers in the field have been asking for a product like this—glad to have this available.”