CityCentre - Houston, Texas
CityCentre features European-style open air plazas and green spaces throughout the complex.
CityCentre, a contemporary 37-acre, mixed use development located in suburban Houston, is situated on the former site of the Town & Country Mall. It succesfully combines upscale retail shops, restaurants and entertainment venues along with luxury condominiums and urban lofts to form a refined, self-contained community. Designed to be pedestrian-friendly and car-independent, CityCentre is considered to be one of Houston's premier mixed-use lifestyle developments. Complementing the architecture of the streetscape and numerous commercial establishments within the development are several Hess lighting products ranging from pole and wall mounted luminaires to catenary suspended fixtures, making CityCentre the latest featured project.
The upscale CityCentre complex encompasses 37 acres with numerous amenities for its residents and patrons.
The architect specified the Avalon 800 for the streetscape, citing the classic dayform of the luminaire and appeal of the external decorative rings surrounding the lamp. Mounted on 14' stepped steel poles, the post-top fixtures are lamped with 250w metal halide sources, providing the required illumination levels needed for safety and security in this high density development. Internal louvers were used in selected areas neighboring restaurants for increased brightness control and improved comfort.
Avalon 800 pole mounted luminaires lilluminate the streetscape within the CityCentre complex. Credit: G Lyon Photography
Signage in the form of outdoor banners was an integral part of the developer's marketing strategy to showcase the various companies located in CityCentre, communicate upcoming events, and to attract future tenants to the development. As a result, many of the poles included optional banner arms to provide the necessary coverage required for the complex. In selecting banner arms, the architect expressed the desire for a European styled accessory with integral clamping to match the fit, finish, and styling of the Avalon luminaire and stepped steel pole. The clamshell design provided the developer the flexibility to install signage as needed.
Banner arms are used extensively throughout the site to showcase companies and announce future events.
Evoked by visions of Europe where catenary luminaires are commonplace, the architect sought to capture this feeling in the pedestrian passageways connecting residences to the remainder of the complex. Village catenary suspended luminaires were chosen for the contemporary minimalist styling of the ringed cage and clear cylindrical lens. With space at a premium, the Village catenary suspended luminaires were installed using adjacent buildings and structures as attachment points for the stainless steel catenary support cable, eliminating poles in the pedestrian walkway.
Village catenary suspended luminaires add a European flair to pedestrian passageways where poles could not be used.
Credit: G Lyon Photography
Credit: G Lyon Photography
Hess fixtures were also incorporated on several commercial establishment entrances. Falling under the scope of a different architectural firm, Campo wall mounted luminaires were installed at the entrance of a popular upscale restaurant. The architect for this portion of the project, noted several reasons for the product selection, which included a clean, modern design and unique appearance that fit the overall design aesthetic of the restaurant. He also credits the soft, indirect illumination and the ability of the sail to shield light from surrounding taller buildings for their decision. Lastly, Varello wall mounted fixtures were used as decorative elements marking entrances to two other restaurants within the complex.
Campo 460 wall mounted luminaires grace the columns of this upscale retaurant. Credit: G Lyon Photography
Special thanks go to Lighting Associates in Houston for their outstanding work throughout all phases of the project which began with a specifier visit to the Gallery. With the third and final phase scheduled for completion in late 2012, their commitment to supporting the specifiers from start to finish has resulted in a successful project outcome. Great job!
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Gallery Visits Now Offer Continuing Education Credits
We are pleased to announce that segments of the Gallery specifier visitation program are now registered with the AIA and ASLA for continuing professional education credit. The course, entitled Luminaires: From Creation to Application - A Tour, awards five AIA Health, Safety, and Welfare learning units for architects, and five professional development hours for landscape architects upon successful completion of the course. The applicable course portion of the visit includes a one hour classroom learning activity, as well as a factory tour and viewing the Gallery at night.
In addition, non-credit but relevant topics are also presented during the visit. These include high performance indirect lighting, LED technologies, paint finishes, as well as illuminating columns and other applicable Hess products. Contact Terry O'Toole for available time slots by phone at extension 229 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A schedule of sessions will also be announced in the first quarter and available on a first come basis.
Piceno Selected for Architectural Record 2011 Product Reports
The PICENO tree grate was selected for inclusion in Architectural Record magazine's 2011 Product Reports. The four-person jury made the selection based on criteria of products that are expected to have longevity due to improved performance, attractive design, or uniqueness within specific product categories. The judges noted, "the Piceno cast iron tree grate is another product from HessAmerica with high function and high aesthetics."
HessAmerica is proud to have been chosen for this prestigious recognition. To see the PICENO product write-up, go to page 125 of the December 2011 issue of Architectural Record or click on the following link -
The PICENO tree grate is one of six new tree grates that were introduced last year in our expanding portfolio of site amenity products. Click below for further information on PICENO or other tree grate offerings.
Hess International News
As an integral component of the Hess global network, we are excited to bring you company news from around the world. Read on for recent events and developments in the global arena.
Essen, Germany | Hess Garners Dual Honors in red dot International Design Competition
Hess recently received dual honors in the red dot product design competition with awards given to the Pasadena and Campone luminaires in the "Light and Luminaires" category. red dot is an internationally recognized product design event and is considered to be one of the largest, most prestigious design competitions in the world. Every year products are chosen from nineteen different categories with entries originating from over seventy nations.
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Freiberg, Germany | City Elements merges the past with the present at Freudenstein Castle
City Elements modular light columns were selected to illuminate the courtyard and pedestrian walkway leading to the entrance of Freudenstein Castle in the city of Freiberg in Saxony, Germany. The 500 year old castle was recently refurbished to include a historical archive and mineral museum. German landscape architect, Birgit Hammer, worked with Hess engineers to develop a lighting plan for this architecturally sensitive project to provide illumination levels required by the local code.
City Elements blend discreetly into the background without detracting from the traditional architecture of the courtyard.
The main area of concern was the large courtyard, which serves as the entrance to the museum. The landscape architect required that this plaza area be kept as open as possible to accommodate the numerous cultural events held throughout the year. To meet this objective, the lighting designers used 30' tall columns in just four locations positioned near the building to achieve the required illumination levels. The 9" diameter City Elements columns were configured with a top element lamped with two compact fluorescent lamps for emergency and security lighting. Three additional intermediate elements with 70w T6 ceramic metal halide lamps were positioned directly below and oriented to provide an average light level of one footcandle over the entire area during events.
Birgit Hammer recognizes the value of City Elements modularity, but also appreciates the reserved design of the columns, citing, "Although their presence is very low-key during the day, when they are detected, their aesthetic quality is immediately apparent".
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Johannesburg, South Africa | Hess Starts Joint Venture with South African Lighting Sales and Manufacturing Company
Hess entered into a agreement for a new joint venture with the lighting specialist company, Lighting Innovations in September 2011. The Lighting Innovations sales team will concentrate on marketing Hess' LED solutions for outdoor area and street lighting in South Africa and neighboring countries located in the sub-Saharan region. Christoph Hess noted, "We see enormous potential for our lighting products in Africa and we are sure we have found an outstanding specialist in Lighting Innovations with whom we are sure to enjoy success and expand."
Christoph Hess, Craig Waddell and Jürgen G. Hess (left to right) at the signing of the agreement.
HessAmerica Standard Finishes
Micaceous Iron Oxide Coating
The standard textured finishes from HessAmerica are one of the visible quality features common to many painted luminaires and poles within our product portfolio. Known as micaceous iron oxide, this protective coating has been used around the world with great success for over one hundred years. Notable installations protected with this coating include the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia, and Big Ben in London. Although more commonly used in Europe, the finish is used in environments where long-term corrosion protection is critical, such as off-shore platforms, refineries, bridges, and electrical transmission towers. The benefits and performance attributes of this wet-applied finish make for an excellent specification feature.
Micaceous iron oxide is a mined material available in great supply in certain regions of the world.
The base material of the paint is micaceous iron oxide. This is a mined mineral with the chemical symbol Fe2O3, also known as hematite. It is a crystalline form of iron oxide that has a flaky, plate-like structure similar to mica, hence its name. This inert material is insoluble in water, organic solvents, and alkalis; is un-reactive to most chemicals; and is heat stable up to its melting point of over 1000°C (2700°F). Micaceous iron oxide is non-toxic, non-oxidizing, non- corrosive, and non-flammable. As a result of these environmental characteristics, paint formulators world-wide have long considered this type of coating to be their primary choice in their arsenal of anti-corrosive protective finishes.
Microscopic view of micaceous iron oxide particles showing the lamellar structure in side profile and from the top.
The flat surfaces of the micaceous iron oxide particles act like mirrors, giving the applied coating a metallic luster with a satin surface finish. The oxide material is typically grey in color, so finishes will be limited to darker colors such as our standard offerings of matte silver grey metallic, dark grey, graphite grey, or black.
The color palette for micaceous iron oxide finishes range from light grey to black.
The plate-like structures or flakes of micaceous iron oxide align parallel to the surface when applied to the substrate, forming an armor-like layered shield similar to fish scales or roofing tiles. This alignment is key to providing enhanced barrier protection, ultraviolet light absorption, paint film reinforcement, and increased intercoat adhesion.
This tendency of the micaceous iron oxide particles to align parallel to the surface produces a barrier effect. The overlapping particles form a protective shield around the substrate that prevents the intrusion of moisture, organic solvents, and alkalis.
Contrasting views of spherical and lamellar pigments illustrate differences in barrier protection capabilities.
Micaceous iron oxide is also impervious to UV radiation. This quality, combined with the layered structure of the material, protects the surface of the binder system in the coating from UV degradation and other weathering elements, giving this finish a service life of approximately twenty years. While this "built-in" protection ensures longevity of the paint surface for the long-term, other finishing techniques such as powder coating may exhibit signs of chalking or fading under extreme conditions of ultraviolet exposure that are commonly found in many southern regions of North America.
The use of micaceous iron oxide additionally toughens and strengthens the coating, leading to greatly improved performance against blistering and increased substrate adhesion. The micro texture formed by the lamellar flakes creates a surface profile that allows for better adhesion between coats when the coating is dry.
Since the majority of the micaceous iron oxide coating is iron oxide (over 65%), it has a coefficient of expansion similar to the metal substrate that it is protecting. This minimizes the possibility of cracking, flexing, or lifting of the paint from the surface, such as in extreme conditions of heat or cold.
Micaceous iron oxide coatings provide additional benefits that are often difficult to achieve with alternative finishing techniques. In the case of HessAmerica luminaires and poles, the wet-applied technique of micaceous iron oxide is used for both, thus ensuring a match in finishes between the two components. This can be problematic when employing other finishing techniques, particularly with taller poles, which may not fit in paint booths or other equipment required for powder coating or electro coating.
This finish also masks the substrate, architecturally enhancing the appearance of the finished product. Using the Avalon 650 post-top luminaire shown below as an example, we see several base materials in use, such as an aluminum spinning for the shade, aluminum casting for the luminaire top and base, stainless steel rods for the vertical supports, and the hot-dip galvanized pole. Each of these materials is quite different in surface detailing when viewed in their raw form, yet they all take on the same finished appearance after painting and assembly.
The Avalon 650 uses aluminum and steel in several forms; the base materials do not telegraph through the finish, providing an excellent architectural presentation.
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