We start our design discussions and charettes with the latest and greatest in mind. Over time, as we develop the design and coordinate between front and back of house, we begin the process of seeing what can still be achieved with the equipment specified on the project (often provided in the electrical engineers’ documents). When VE discussions begin, we often have to make choices that maintain adaptability for the stadium as a whole, rather than limiting special features to those with VIP tickets.
Submittals are important to review – between our design as well as the EE team and any other lighting design team on the job – so we are all in line with dimming protocols, voltage intakes, and color temperatures as well. Understanding how maintenance and operations would like to access feature controls as part or separate from the building management system (BMS) (designers prefer to keep them separate) and how Ownership will experience the lighting effects they have hired us to provide are all part of the process with controls coordination and specification. And it’s most important to pay attention because without proper control of your lighting design, the original intent could be lost after all that coordination effort.