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GROUNDBREAKING DESIGN

Check out the January 21, 2021 article in the Daily Journal of Commerce featuring the groundbreaking of the eleven50 project along the SE end of Lake Union.

https://www.djc.com/news/re/12137811.html

SparkLab's been working hard with the Gensler team on this project for years and is excited to see it come to life! Thanks to Alexandria, DPR, Prime Electric, Westlake Consulting Group, Brumbaugh & Associates, Coffman, KPFF, and the whole team. This one's gonna be super cool.

FOCUS POCUS

Helping St. James Cathedral to focus new LED retrofit lights
Helping St. James Cathedral to focus new LED retrofit lights

ALLEY ALLY

Working with organizations like SCIDpda and the Alliance for Pioneer Square, SparkLab has been supporting alley lighting improvements in 2020. Check out our webinar here.

SPARKLAB WINS IES AWARD OF MERIT FOR SANCTUARY STUDIOS

Sanctuary Studios receives Illuminating Engineering Society Award of Merit - Illumination Award for Interior Lighting Design https://meetsanctuary.com/

ZOOMING INTO THE FUTURE

Our new virtual life.

#lightart #outdoorindoor #funsilly #nowifi #makingitup #haycanyonranch #bunkhousephotography

More pics here.

KOBE TERRACE LANTERN STUDY

Following SparkLab's 2018 work with SCIDpda completing a Neighborhood Lighting Study for Seattle's Chinatown International District, SparkLab took a closer look at Kobe Terrace Park.

In need of maintenance and improvement, the pedestrian poles were determined to be the most suitable lighting retrofit opportunity. These robust, cast aluminum fixtures mounted to concrete poles were ubiquitous throughout the Chinatown International District in the 1980's and, while removed elsewhere, remain in Kobe Terrace Park.

The aluminum housings, still in good condition, contain an antiquated lamping and optical system consisting of a high pressure sodium lamp placed in the upper third of the lantern cavity, with light reflected downward by a concave reflector, and pushed outwards by a conical reflector. In addition to direct glare from the source, an approximately 12' diameter "donut" of light appears on the ground, with a dark shadow around the base of the pole.

Existing Optical System
Existing Optical System
New Optical System
New Optical System

Working with Bradley Sweek of Amiga Light and the Parks Department, one fixture was removed for testing and confirmation of the proposed optical improvements.

Natural finish and specular reflector vs. white painted underside and white reflector

The project is scheduled for completion the summer of 2020.

MOCKUPS MOCKUPS MOCKUPS

Do them to learn, do them to communicate, and do them often!

From testing reflections on dark, shiny surfaces to assessing potential shadows from diffuse sources - mockups are important. SparkLab performed these (and many other) mockups for clients over the last few months in Covid quarantine. Show, not tell.

POP ROCKIN' 2020 ???

FALL 2019 EXPOSURE

Shining Light on SparkLab

This fall SparkLab's seen, and been seen, participating in several events in the USA, starting with an interview during the Enlighten conference: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5SfZDJW44ZCPATv1ehAZN0#_=_

Additionally, CJ has joined artist Maya Petric giving a talk about alternate lighting careers to theatre lighting students at Bellevue College, and has participated on an IIDA OFS Student Roundtable talking about collaborations between designers, contractors, distribution and owners of commercial projects.

SPARKLAB IN ACTION

Top two tricky things about internal illumination of open-weave, perforated walls are: uniform interior wall surface illumination, and concealing fixtures.

To address this white painted, baffled, linear, grazing fixtures are installed at the top and the bottom of the wall.

Mounted behind white square grid metal mesh, the lights are just the right output. Overall uniformity is pleasing and low-glare. Direct view into fixtures is obscured, even at close proximity.

Top third tricky thing... focusing them all perfectly. Every slight adjustment / tilt toward or away from the wall makes a difference. No hot spots allowed!

Ladder and lumens expert, Susannah Scott, in her element.

SPARKLAB OBTAINS WBENC CERTIFICATION

At long last our approval came through. We can officially be known as a woman-owned business! Thanks to the DJC for the nice article:

DJC Article

TALKING AT CONFERENCES

Presenting a seminar titled, "Should Moonlight Be Warm?", SparkLab's CJ Brockway offers a deep dive into the design implications of residential street lighting color temperature and color quality at both the LED Specifier Summit in Seattle, and LightShow West in Las Vegas.

Info here: https://www.lightshowwest.com/session/seminar-s7

2018 BOREALIS FESTIVAL INSTALLATIONS

SparkLab contributes two light-art installations for the 2018 debut of Seattle's "Borealis, A Festival of Lights". Featuring a video projection mapping on MOHAI and walking tour of art installations in the South Lake Union neighborhood, the Festival was an overwhelming success. SparkLab's installations could be found along-side Mercer Avenue ("Talkin' About Traffic"), and in the stairway of the Troy Building ("Counting On You"). Kudos to the festival organizers, Mary Coss and Terry Morgan!

Also, huge thanks to collaborator and artist, Dave Misner, and sponsors LEDlinear, Wattstopper Legrand, Hollywood Lights, and Pharos!

Talkin' About Traffic - "Junior", "Mom", "Grandpa", and "Sleepy" (Left to right)
Counting On You - A team of strangers finds one of Susannah's coded "Easter Eggs"

2018 BOREALIS PREPARATIONS

Hard at work in the "Lab", Susannah Scott and CJ Brockway put together their experimental concoctions for the Borealis Festival.

Eyeballs everywhere!

A system of DMX controlled linear actuators and blinking LEDs bring Junior, Mom, Grandpa, and Sleepy to life

CJ BROCKWAY ON DESIGN GOGGLES PODCAST

Rachel and Charles from Design Goggles welcomed CJ Brockway, Principal of SparkLab, to chat about 'Light and Day.' 

Design Goggles synopsis: "For a few months of the year, Seattle is darker than anywhere else in the country. Living through it year after year, Seattlites have developed a special relationship with light, both natural and otherwise. How can we better take advantage of this special relationship in architecture and design? How can designers integrate light thoughtfully into their work? How come streetlights are so darn harsh? What's Kelvin, and should we care? (Yes, we should.)"

Listen Here (35 min.)

BEFORE AFTER

Upgrades to the historic facility at St. Mary-on-the-Lake in Bellevue, WA consisted of improvements to the Lounge area, Dining Hall, Chapel, Sunset Room, and Stairway.

Little improvements make a big difference.

FIRST YEAR LIGHTING AWARDS

Awarding Tableau Data 1's lighting design - which highlights an office culture of cooking

May 17, 2018: Tableau Data 1 wins three IES awards - regional Edith F Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design, regional Energy and Environmental Design Award, and a national IES Illumination Award of Merit. Collaboration thanks go to Susan and Debbie with Lightwire.

TOUCHING LIGHT: UW STUDENTS GET THEIR HANDS DIRTY

Read about SparkLab's work with students, in partnership with Blanca Lighting.

Article Link

DATA AND DESIGN

SparkLab designs lighting for Tableau Software's 'Data One' project.

After a successful design for 'Northedge', Tableau's beautiful headquarters designed with Gensler while CJ Brockway was with Luma, CJ and colleague Susan Rhodes of Lightwire pulled together a stylish, low-cost and fast-paced lighting strategy for Fremont's data visionary software company.

LIGHTING DESIGNER SUSANNAH SCOTT JOINS SPARKLAB

A talented lighting expert, Susannah brings many years of experience doing hands-on theatrical lighting projects, corporate events, galas, concerts and trade shows to SparkLab.  In addition to lovely lighting designs and control system programming, her strengths include project management and building and maintaining client relations.  Susannah hails from Berkeley, CA and has a degree in Theatre from Western Washington University.

HOW TO LIGHT A CITY - COORDINATING THE JOHAN MORITZ TOUR

Johan Moritz, IALD, gives talk at Seattle Public Library
On behalf of the IALD, CJ Brockway of SparkLab works hard to bring one of the world's only lighting designers employed by a municipality on a West Coast Tour. Johan Moritz, IALD is the lighting designer for the Art and Design-loving city, Malmö, Sweden. https://www.iald.org/Events/Other-Events/IALD-Johan-Moritz-Lecture-Tour-Seattle

SPARKLAB LIGHTS SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL CLOSING PARTY

Susan Brockway and SparkLab's newest designer, Susannah Scott, show the interaction between light and materiality in an installation at the Design in Public Closing Party on September 22nd. Thanks to Dan White at NBBJ for the material samples, Sidney and Renee at Lighting Designs, Inc. and the team at Karass Creative.

WHAT DOES LIGHT MEAN?

 

In honor of UNESCO 2015 International Year of Light, lighting designers were asked by the IALD to make 30 second videos answering the question:“What does light mean to you?”.

IALD MEMBER NEWS

SPARKLAB GIVES TALK AT LIGHTFAIR

"Lighting, You Know, For Kids!" - an AIA accredited talk by CJ Brockway of SparkLab, and Scott Kuyper of Luma, was presented Wednesday afternoon, May 10, 2017 at LIGHTFAIR International in Philadelphia. An exploration of the world of lighting as integrated into toys, CJ and Scott shared their research and example products during the 90 minute session.

2017 DLC STAKEHOLDER MEETING PANEL DISCUSSION

During the well-attended 2017 Design Lights Consortium Stakeholder meeting in Portland, Edward Bartholomew with National Grid, CJ Brockway with SparkLab, and Mark Lien with the IES discuss "Efficacy vs. Lighting Quality: It Doesn't Have to be a Trade-off"