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UCLA Basketball Practice Facility

December 1, 2017

The Basketball Practice Facility at the University of California, Los Angeles features large day lit courts with illumination levels design to mimic game conditions on the competition floor of Pauley Pavilion.  Integral Light Studio provided simulation and analysis to tune large ETFE clerestory windows, and data to help tune and balance the space, maintaining Division…

UC Davis California Avenue Net Zero Lecture Hall

The California Avenue Lecture Hall at the University of California, Davis is the first fully day lit lecture hall in the UC system, requiring no electric lighting during the day.  Dynamic skylights are zoned to dim using motorized louvers in the skylight wells, resulting in daylight levels that accommodate a wide variety of room usage…

Sacred Heart High School Academic Arts Building

The Sacred Heart High School Academic Arts Building is a high-performance classroom for music and arts targeting Net Zero Energy.  Integral Light Studio provided both daylighting and lighting design for this building. Daylighting was optimized through various façade strategies for daylight, shading, and thermal comfort, maximizing daylight into the building to meet the illumination needs…

Amherst College New Science Center

The design of this new multi-disciplinary science building at Amherst College is anchored by an expansive west-facing glass “window into science.”  Given the harsh winter and summer climatic conditions, and an experiential design intent of transparency, Integral Light Studio addressed visual comfort challenges while balancing thermal comfort criteria through sophisticated daylight models with optical data…

Confidential Education Facility

October 19, 2017

This confidential education facility is a private pre-k through 6th grade school located in the Sierra Foothills.  Integral Light Studio utilized Dark Sky-sensitive exterior lighting to balance function, beauty, and natural environment at the site, and indirect lighting to enhance the expressive architectural ceilings and promote visual comfort.  The architectural use of CLT ceilings required…

NewVIc Newham Sixth Form

June 8, 2017

Elementa have completed phase 1 re-development of London’s largest sixth form college, NewVIc Sixth Form. The project’s brief was focused on creating a successful learning community to enhance the student experience. Phase 1 consisted of a new build modern library, learning resources centre and entrance block to improve the visibility, accessibility and overall attractiveness of…

Woodside Priory School

April 21, 2017

Woodside Priory School is nestled amongst pine trees and rolling hills in Portola Valley, California. Integral Group, in close collaboration with GaS architects, helped design a new STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and math) classroom building and residential faculty building on the campus that seamlessly blend into the surrounding landscape. Our aim was to…

University of California, Santa Cruz Historic Cowell Ranch Hay Barn Restoration

April 19, 2017

The historic Cowell Ranch Hay Barn, a timber-framed structure dating back to the 1860s, sits on the federally listed Cowell Lime Works Historic District, a 30-acre parcel of land at the University of California, Santa Cruz.The structure was dismantled and reconstructed over a new foundation, re-using as much of the original materials as possible. The…

Okanagan College Kelowna Trades Complex Renewal and Expansion

This $35-million project will provide much-needed revitalization and renewal for Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus, creating additional capacity for students and apprentices in a building that will be a showcase for sustainability. The existing shops and classrooms will be fully renovated and retrofitted to modernize and better utilize the space. A two-storey addition will more than…

Kingston University Student Union and Multi Faith Centre

February 23, 2017

This project consisted of the conversion of a cellular office block into a new Student Union and Multi Faith Centre in line with the changing role of the Student Union. The clear brief included providing flexible spaces, open break out areas as well as closed meeting points. Given the specific demographic of this university, one…

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