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Major Lighting Upgrade Completed at GWCC


Atlanta, GA – A complete upgrade of the lighting systems at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) has been completed, the building managers announced May 15.

The retrofit involved the replacement of 1,288 lighting fixtures in the center’s 12 exhibit halls and an upgrade to the control system, which should put a welcome dent in the GWCC’s annual $4 million electric bill and make the facility a little greener in the process.

“We chose these particular fixtures for the potential savings they will afford us both in consumption and actual dollars,” said Josh Robison, the convention center’s director of engineering. “The new controls will allow for more efficient programming thereby further reducing electrical consumption.”

The lighting system at GWCC has been changed so that fixtures can be controlled individually rather than requiring all lights in each hall to be either on or off. Each light can be controlled via an iPad.

The project was made possible by a $2.3 million grant last year from the U.S. Department of Energy and the State of Georgia.  It took approximately 4,700 hours for a crew of 22 workers to replace the fixtures and, yes, screw in all those light bulbs.

The GWCC is ranked 4th on the Trade Show Executive World’s Top Convention Centers with 1.4 million square feet of prime exhibit space.

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