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May 18, 2018

GavinLocated in the Montreal borough of Ville Saint-Laurent, the Gavin Centre offers state-of-the-art virtual offices and executive suites to a broad range of clients. The building, constructed in the 1960s and renovated in 2004, houses 15 fully furnished suites, a modern boardroom and a full-time receptionist. There is also an adjoining Tim Hortons in the same building.

When the Gavin Centre management reviewed energy and maintenance costs for the building, they determined that they could save significantly on both counts by replacing older lighting with newer LED alternatives. Gavin Centre Director Daniel Mammone recognized the potential for a double win with a lighting upgrade.

“We wanted to reduce energy and maintenance costs, and knew we had to look at a lighting upgrade to achieve this,” says Mammone. “With the commitment to improved lighting we also saw an opportunity to improve the aesthetics of the building. The Gavin Centre is situated next to a major highway, and is therefore very visible. We felt we could drive client interest in our facility with better lighting.”

Working with a local contractor, the Gavin Centre selected Concept Illumination as the lighting partner for the upgrade. The team set about replacing lighting throughout the building, including in the suites, the boardroom, bathrooms, corridors and lobby area. They also replaced wall packs on the exterior of the building.

Inside a mix of 2ft x 2ft and 2ft x 4ft LED panels were installed for general illumination, all with uniform 3500K colour temperature and 0-10V dimmable. In all around 150 fluorescent fixtures were replaced with contemporary LED panels throughout the building’s interior, improving light levels while modernizing the space.

Outside, 20 LED wall packs replaced high pressure sodium predecessors to accent the building’s columns. The light produced by the new LED luminaires delivers a crisper 4000K light than the orange light produced by the high pressure sodium fixtures.

With big windows along the building’s front providing a view into the interior from outside, the new indoor and outdoor lighting works together well to present the Gavin Centre as modern and inviting to potential clients driving by.

The lighting renovation has reduced energy costs by two-thirds, and the more reliable, longer life LED fixtures have eliminated maintenance costs associated with changing bulbs and tubes.

The centre has also seen an increase in business since the new lighting was installed: “There is no doubt the lighting upgrade has resulted in more clients. It’s made the whole building look more welcoming, both inside and out,” says Mammone.

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The Electrician Forum is a monthly column that provides valuable information to electricians and electrical contractors on current industry trends and concerns. 

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Quite simply put if you feel that job site costing and quote development are a lot of work, you are right! To properly assess a job and estimate the required work time, product costs and various other expenses can take more time than is often feasible for a small company. You need to be spending your time completing projects, which can become difficult if you are spending your hours doing cost analysis. We learned this first hand in last month’s edition of the Electrician Forum when Steve Beeby of Beehive Electric discussed the balance required to own and operate an electrical contracting company.

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As our population grows and consumers continue to rely on technology for both essentials and comfort, the need for power quality has become vital. Fluke is a leader in this field, offering power quality training seminars, as well as employing power quality specialists with years of industry experience.

This month’s personal profile is a double feature of two of Fluke’s senior power quality specialists, Hilton Hammond and Frank Healy.

Hilton Hammond has been with Fluke since 1995, and in 2013 moved into his current position as Power Quality Business Unit Manager. He has a deep and thorough knowledge of power quality and related electrical instrumentation. 

Frank Healy, Power Quality Product Marketing Manager at Fluke since 2006, has been in the industry for well over three decades. He globally manages Fluke’s power quality products, including measuring instruments and precision power analyzers.

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In 2013 Sean responded to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In 2014 Sean spent almost a month in Kenema, Sierra Leone working at the Ebola Treatment Centre. There he was responsible for ensuring electricity and clean water were available, and worked to strengthen the infrastructure of the facility. 

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