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Tampa International Airport officials began the process of updating the Master Plan for the airport’s 3,300-acre campus. The final plan, approved in 2013, outlines three phases of expansion to accommodate 35 million passengers each year, more than double the current number of annual passengers. The $953 million project is expected to create or save nearly 9,000 construction-related jobs.
Global Tech LED was chosen to provide it’s revolutionary Solstice product to illuminate various parking deck locations. Airports present a unique combination of issues for parking garage lighting. Security, way finding, retail issues, and usability are all considerations in airport garage lighting design. Currently, there is increased pressure to reduce costs and environmental impacts; these issues now have a greater weight than they used to.
Airport garages require additional design considerations beyond those of other garage types. Airport garage users conduct activities atypical in other garage types, such as renting vehicles. The users might be unfamiliar with the garage layout, because as locals they do not travel often, or because they are visitors to the area. They might be unfamiliar with the vehicle they are driving.
They also might be anxious about beginning or ending a trip. Airport garage lighting can help unfamiliar and possibly anxious airport patrons better navigate the airport by improving illumination in rental areas, walkways, overhead signs, pay stations, elevators, and other important areas. Using lighting to aid way finding increases patron comfort. Additionally, a well-designed lighting system will increase the chances that pedestrians and vehicles will travel in predictable ways, increasing overall safety. Finally, airport garages face challenges because they are located near airports—high-security facilities. Lighting in general, and vertical illuminance in particular, aid in facial recognition and activity detection, so higher levels of vertical illuminance are required in spaces where security is a concern.
In order to provide the perfect balance of both horizontal and vertical illuminance, while at the same time improving energy efficiency, “Global Tech LED supplied it’s revolutionary Solstice LED product with custom optic design to deliver the perfect balance of illumination, while at the same time reducing operating costs and environmental impact”, said Jeff Newman, President of Global Tech LED.