Newsletter 2013

Featured Project
Canal Park - Washington DC

Credit: Jacqueline Dupree/
Canal Park in Washington DC is a new community gathering place in the fast growing mixed-use Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Opened to the public in November 2012, the urban park offers a variety of amenities, some of which include a seasonal ice skating rink, play and performance areas, and a full service restaurant. The park's development authority, in partnership with the local business district, will host numerous events throughout the year such as movies, concerts, farmer's markets, and expositions, creating a destination place for local residents and tourists alike. City Elements columns and bollards provide illumination for evening activities, while contributing to the overall structure of the landscape, making this our latest featured project.
Designed with sustainability in mind, the former brownfield aims to be a "zero energy" site. It incorporates innovative water reclamation and treatment techniques, twenty-eight geothermal wells for power, and energy efficient, low wattage ceramic metal halide in City Elements columns and bollards. Canal Park is currently a candidate for LEED Gold certification. It is also a pilot project for The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITESTM), a voluntary set of guidelines and benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction, and maintenance practices.
The landscape design incorporates iconic linear rain gardens reminiscent of the former canal, while pavilions on each block recall floating barges commonplace in the late 1800's. Credit: Caroline Angelo
Each of the three blocks in the park serves distinct functions within the overall visitor experience. They are tied together visually through a cohesive design language of materials, plantings, and lighting. An outdoor plaza and looping waterway located in southern-most block transforms into an ice rink during the winter months. Fifteen foot tall, nine inch diameter City Elements columns (CE230) line the ice rink to provide illumination for the skaters. The perimeter columns are configured with an asymmetric top element lamped with 70w ceramic metal halide sources to provide the right amount of light for safety and security. Each column also includes a speaker element to provide music for the enjoyment of the visitors.
Columns with speaker elements placed around the ice rink provide both sound and lights for patrons during the evening hours. Credit: Jacqueline Dupree/
The central block includes a children's play area, pavilion, and a small performance stage, while the northern block is more informal with plenty of grass, trees, and open spaces. City Elements columns continue the lighting design theme, while adding structure to the relatively two dimensional spaces. The top elements for the columns used in these areas have a 360° cylindrical lens with symmetric reflector to fully illuminate the pedestrian space. Columns and bollards at strategic locations include internal GFCI convenience outlets with in-use cover to supply power for events as needed.
Canal park spans a three block are in the heart of the Capitol Riverfront district. Rendering: OLIN/STUDIOS Architecture
At the transitions from one block to the next, City Elements bollards (CE180) with 20w ceramic metal halide delineate service roads that intersect the park to provide illumination for pedestrian safety and security, while highlighting the crosswalks.
Canal park spans a three block are in the heart of the Capitol Riverfront district. Rendering: OLIN/STUDIOS Architecture
Lighting Affiliates in Connecticut assisted the lighting consultant with the initial design and specification. One Source Associates from the Baltimore-Washington territory handled the ordering process. We thank both agencies for their specification efforts and follow through, resulting in a very successful landscape architecture project.
Click on the links below for further information on the City Elements modular light column system.
CITY ELEMENTS Configurator
Download Catalogue

Trade Show Activity

HessAmerica will be participating in two lighting trade shows in March and April. The first show, LEDucation 7, was held on March 20 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. The all LED show was hosted by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York, and has been growing in popularity each successive year. The show was heavily attended by lighting consultants and other design professionals who took the opportunity to attend seminars and see LED product offerings from over 140 manufacturers.
Preregistered guests totaled 1300 according to show staff. Based on booth traffic, Terry and Victor reported a very active show floor with principals and staff from almost all major NY lighting design firms stopping by to visit. In addition, a number of architects were also in attendance. Representatives and specifiers from Boston to Virginia were also there.
We will be exhibiting at LightFair in Philadelphia on April 23-25. On display will be numerous Hess products in a large 40'x 20' booth space. In addition, we will also be promoting a selection of architectural outdoor lighting products from Thorn to support our newly inked marketing partnership. Be sure to stop by booth space #1919 to see the newest products. As an added bonus, we will also have a selection of fixtures from an Italian lighting manufacturer, as a preview to our expanding portfolio of specification-grade, architectural lighting luminaires.
If you are attending and need a VIP pass for entry into the exhibit hall, click on the link below and complete the online form. You may also use these passes for any of your specifiers who may be attending. Act quickly as only limited quantities are available.
In Europe, Hess AG exhibited in Brussels, Belgium at the Day of Public Space trade show on February 25. The venue focuses on products and services for use in outdoor urban environments and is one of the largest events targeted toward the public sector. The show was heavily attended by municipality representatives, architects, landscape architects, and lighting consultants. The Hess booth included LED lighting products and site furnishings.

Thorn by Hess

Thorn and HessAmerica joint marketing partnership for the United States is moving forward. Under the agreement, HessAmerica will market selected architectural outdoor luminaires from Thorn. The new line will be branded as Thorn by Hess. The official introduction will be at the 2013 LightFair exhibition to be held in Philadelphia with several Thorn products on display at the HessAmerica booth.
The marketing partnership was initially tested at LightFair last year in Las Vegas to determine market interest. The response was validated when the Adelie indirect LED luminaire was selected as a Best in Category winner in the LightFair Innovation Awards. Overall, the response was very positive.
Specific architectural products selected for the initial introduction include decorative post top luminaires, LED direct and indirect luminaires, bollards, and specialized light columns that will complement the Hess line. Additional products will be added as we progress. Be sure to stop by booth space # 1919 in Philadelphia to see all the products.

Ferrara, Cassino, Cento LED Bollards

Ferrara, Cassino, and Cento bollards are now available with LED sources. The bollards offer a choice of standard or high outputs in 3000K or 4000K color temperatures with CRI greater than 80. Power consumption for the standard output models is 16 watts and 24 watts for the high output versions. All are available in standard 36" and 20" heights. Click on the links for further information and downloads including LM-79 photometric files.

Avalon-Montego-Valencia LED Upgrade

The Module 360 LED light engine used in the Avalon, Montego, and Valencia luminaires has been redesigned with state-of-the-art LEDs. The upgraded LEDs deliver four times the lumens than the original light engine, with only an incremental increase in power consumption.
To accommodate the increased brightness of the high-power LEDs, a specialized holographic diffusing film is incorporated within the acrylic lens to soften the brightness of the individual LEDs. The film also shapes the LED light output horizontally and vertically, resulting in improved uniformity and increased efficiency.
The Module 360 light engine is available in 3000K, 4000K, and 5000K color temperatures with delivered lumen performance of 3715, 4125, and 4194 lumens, respectively. CRI is greater than 80. Power consumption is 55 watts. Luminaires on 10' poles can be spaced on 50' centers to achieve 0.5 footcandle average for area and pathway lighting applications when using the 3000K light engine.
Follow these links for the LM79 photometric files and additional information:
Avalon 650 Pole Mounted Luminaire
Montego 660 Pole Mounted Luminaire
Valencia 600 Pole Mounted Luminaire

Project News

Here are a few highlights of projects in progress for which products have recently shipped. We anticipate featuring some in upcoming newsletters once construction has been completed.

  • Kissimmee Lakefront Park is scheduled for completion in April 2013. City Elements 230 columns configured with custom BS intermediate elements will line the central Ruby Plaza promenade, providing color changing RGB scenes programmed for different events. General illumination is provided by AR900 and AA900 top elements lamped with 70w ceramic metal halide.
    CITY ELEMENTS Configurator
  • The GI Readiness Center in Grand Island, Nebraska will serve as offices, equipment storage, and training center for the National Guard. LINEA bollards with high-output light engines in 4000K will illuminate the pathways throughout the facility when it opens in spring 2014.
    Illuminating Bollard LINEA
  • The Ocean Breeze Athletic Facility in Staten Island, New York will be a 2,500 seat field house that will become a premier destination for athletic events in the region. Scheduled to open in 2014, it will have over one hundred Trento 150 wall mounted luminaires installed throughout the facility.
    Wall Mounted Luminaire TRENTO
  • The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is modernizing their facility which will include Cento bollards in three different configurations. These include the Cento 900, Cento 900/360, and a barrier bollard version designed especially for this project.
    Illuminating Bollard CENTO
    Illuminating Bollard CENTO 360
  • The new Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, located next door to the world famous CN Tower in Toronto, will be the first installation of Pasadena L pole mounted luminaires in North America. One can imagine that the fixture was selected to complement the angular architecture of the building. It is scheduled to open in the summer of 2013. PASADENA L
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada rendering. Credit: Ripley's & B+H Architecture
  • PIMCO will move into their new corporate headquarters located at 650 Newport Center Drive in Newport, California in late 2013. LINEA 800 pole mounted luminaires will illuminate the corporate streets and parking lots surrounding this twenty story ultramodern office building.
  • Dulles Station in Herndon, Virginia is a 63 acre urban community located minutes away from Dulles Airport. The mixed used development includes office spaces, luxury residences, restaurants, and upscale retail stores. The multi-phase development continues to expand, adding Valencia 800 pole mounted luminaires to new sites as they are built.
  • The National Business Park in Anne Arundel County, Maryland is continually expanding its 485 acre corporate campus, consisting of technically sophisticated buildings that are leased to tenants. LINEA 450 pole mounted luminaires will grace the grounds and parking areas of the latest building addition. The streamlined, minimalist styling of LINEA is sure to complement the contemporary architecture found throughout the complex. Tenants in the development include the US Government, Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, Boeing, and General Dynamics, to name a few.
We appreciate the efforts of the agencies involved in these projects and look forward to continued successes for the future. Keep up the great work!