As one might imagine, the lighting system in this kind of space had to yield to the theme of each event – and it had to allow those who control it to do so quickly and easily.
The Rockville Campus is Montgomery College’s largest, with an enrollment of 14,000 full- and part-time students. Located just north of Washington, D.C., the campus attracts tens of thousands of people each year for various events open to the public.
“We needed a lighting system that was as ﬂexible as our activities.” said Project Manager Alan Yanaway. Additionally, the system needed to be easy to control, allowing all ﬁxtures to be effectively managed from one central location. They found exactly what they were looking for in the Lutron LCP128 light management system.
The Theatre Arts building installed Lutron pre-assembled LCP128 SpecGrade dimming panels. The entire system is easily programmed using an LCD controller mounted on the panel itself. The panel is capable of controlling several different load types, and works with Lutron Eco-10 and Hi-lume fluorescent dimming ballasts.
The LCP128 system enabled those in the Theatre Arts building to limit regulation of the lighting system to their immediate need, hence giving them simple control of all dimming and switching, along with automated presets for varying events and atmospheres. Six control stations in all were installed throughout the building, each speciﬁcally programmed for their own pre-set lighting solutions. The extremely straightforward and logical nature of the LCP128 setup allowed different users at each station to seamlessly pre-set their own “scenes” according to their artistic and operational needs.
“The college and the users were ecstatic over the ﬂexibility the system offered, and it more than satisﬁed their individual control needs,” said Pierre Sabourin, the electrical engineer of the project.