An iconic tower on the Miami-Dade skyline, Miami Tower has been a signature landmark for years. Famous for its I.M. Pei design and an ever-changing exterior lighting scheme, the 47-storey building is also known for its upscale amenities.
This week, Miami Tower announced that it’s adopted a new LED lighting system. It will reduce lighting energy use by more than 90 percent. The building’s management team says it will save tenants and the building’s owner nearly $260,000 per year in energy and related operating costs. It will also reduce CO2 emissions by more than 1.2 million pounds.
Custom light shows will also be available at the push of a button. These shows will be used to celebrate holidays and promote special events.
Miami Tower rises contains 623,000 square feet of commercial space. The team of Jones Lang LaSalle, Philips Color Kinetics and LED Source identified the optimal LED lighting solution based on long-term operational savings.
“This significant upgrade is just one of several projects planned at Miami Tower,” said Ty Spearing, managing director at LaSalle Investment Management. “Miami Tower has always been an iconic, easy-access downtown tower. Our goal is to re-establish Miami Tower as a leader in technology, architecture and design, environmental sustainability, and on-site amenities; all of which Miami’s top tenants demand.”
The installation team replaced nearly 400 metal halide lights that consumed 1,000 watts each, which were limited to only a few static colours. Now, there are 216 ultra-modern LED fixtures able to produce 16 million colours and hundreds of dynamic lighting effects. The system is managed by a software application that allows operators to change the tower lighting at a keystroke and virtually in real-time.
“Adopting the latest in building technologies is key to achieving greater energy efficiency, reducing our environmental footprint, and reinforcing Miami Tower’s position as the premier building on Miami’s skyline,” said Jones Lang LaSalle’s Tom Matese, general manager of Miami Tower. “The new lighting system will also allow us to reflect our civic pride and celebrate events of importance to the community with customized light shows.”
Jeff Cassis is general manager of Philips Color Kinetics. He added: “LED technology has reached a tipping point where we can achieve better light intensity than traditional lighting technologies, yet unlike traditional lighting systems, we can work with the very tight space constraints and steep angles required to light a building. In addition, because LED is inherently more controllable than other technologies, we have the ability to create fascinating effects with it. We can also better focus LED light on the building’s facade, minimizing light spill while at the same time respecting the neighbours and night sky.”
Miami Tower says the exterior lighting retrofit is the most prominent element of a broader initiative to reduce energy and water usage at the building.