BACKGROUND: Westside Christian High School is a nondenominational educational facility located in Tigard, Oregon. After 33 years, the student population had outgrown the current space, prompting the construction of a new campus near downtown Portland.
CHALLENGE: As plans were developed for the new facility, incorporating daylight into the school’s gym became a main objective. Administrators wanted students to benefit from exposure to natural light during the school day while reducing the building’s electricity use. This posed a problem, however, because the gym was designated for an interior location with no access to the outside.
The original strategy was to install traditional skylights, but concerns about adequate illumination and hot spots prompted the architect to seek other options.
SOLUTION: That’s when InteriorTech, a building specialty contractor, proposed the use of Solatube Daylighting Systems to meet the administration’s daylighting needs. After reviewing daylight modeling data and comparing output performance to that of traditional skylights, the administration realized that Solatube Daylighting Systems would provide a greater abundance and higher quality of light while reducing energy use.
Upon receiving approval, InteriorTech installed 20 Solatube SkyVault® Series M74 DS units for daytime lighting, complemented by LED lights with timers for nighttime lighting.
“The gym is beautiful during the day with no lights on.”
Dan Quatier President of InteriorTech