Waukesha County Technical College 

Education Case Study 
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Waukesha County Technical College fitted with daylighting systems

CLIENT 

CHALLENGE 

Transform dark, cave-like student center into a bright, cheerful space 

RESULTS 

Increased student center use, reduced energy costs 

PRODUCT 

12 Solatube® SkyVault® Series M74 DS Core Units 

ARCHITECT AND INTERIOR DESIGNER 

ENGINEERING CONSULTANT 

LANTERN FABRICATION 

Ascend Design 
 
“It’s amazing what a building remodel that factors in natural light can do for one’s psyche! The Solatube units made this possible.” Brooks Kyler-Eberlein, WCTC Interior Design instructor 

BACKGROUND 

The Waukesha Campus in Waukesha, Wis., is a satellite educational facility of Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC). The sister campus is home to the Service Building, which houses the student center. 
“The cave-like environment of the student gathering area was very oppressive. It was truly incredible to see the transformation of the space once the Solatube SkyVault units were installed.” Keith Johnson Owner, Brighter Concepts 

CHALLENGE 

Dubbed “the cave” for its dark and gloomy atmosphere, the student center was unpopular with students. With a budget of $600,000, the school sought to renovate the existing space, transforming it from a dark and dreary environment to a bright and cheerful one where students would want to eat, study and socialise. 

SOLUTION 

According to Matthew Kerr, IIDA, ASAI, Senior Associate and Interior Designer at Zimmerman Architectural Studios, the renovation’s main objectives were filling the space with natural light and creating auditory separation without disrupting the visual “openness” of the existing space. 
 
Daylighting the space required 12 SkyVault Series M74 DS Core Units, which were installed by local Solatube Certified Commercial Distributor Brighter Concepts. The units integrated with LED lighting for night use and maximum lighting energy efficiency. Custom square-shaped fabric lanterns added a decorative element at the ceiling level. 

RESULTS 

INCREASED SPACE USE 

With the addition of Solatube Daylighting Systems, the former “cave” went from being an underused, dark space to a vibrant and active hub for students, according to Brooks Kyler-Eberlein, WCTC Interior Design instructor. 

REDUCED ENERGY COSTS 

Using natural light by day and LED light by night, the school established a long-term solution to reduce its lighting energy costs. 
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