The project used 37 SkyVault Series M74 DS Core Units, installed in the roof throughout the store and integrated with LED lighting for night use. The Solatube M74 DS units and LEDs were paired together for maximum longterm lighting cost reduction.
“We have been very happy with the decision to include Solatube products and have been quite impressed with how they helped us obtain a very efficient lighting design for the whole store,” said Lund Food Holdings, Inc. Senior Project Manager Mike Edgett. “We also look forward to more projects where we can duplicate this look and feel.”
The Solatube units provided another advantage the construction team hadn’t expected. “We were able to almost eliminate the need for ‘temporary construction lighting’ during the construction phases of the project,” said Edgett. “The addition of the Solatube systems provided ample lighting levels for our construction crews to build out the interior finishes, as well as allow our equipment installation crews to fit out the store before the permanent lighting was installed. The permanent lighting ended up being a very late delivery item and we were still able to complete the project on time without the need for temporary lighting.”
Additional project team members included Paul Holmes, vice president/principal of Pope Architects and Tom Gilbertson, owner of Designer Specialty Products, the Solatube Certified Commercial Distributor that installed the SkyVault units.
The Solatube M74 DS units were mounted on the builtup roof using wood curbs supplied by Gilbertson’s team. The store opened on schedule in September 2014.
“The store really does look great and your product is working well,” said Holmes in a note to Designer Specialty Products after the installation. “I like the look and functionality in the retail environment. We are looking forward to working with you in the future!”