THE NEW DESIGN AT HIGHLAND CAPITAL, a venture capital firm in
Cambridge, MA, remedied one of the biggest problems the old space
faced: improper lighting practices made the building seem dark and
disconnected. Glass fronts effectively divide the floor space while
letting in the natural light that the high-reaching windows provide.
TAMPA-BASED DOW ELECTRONICS is in a hurricane-hardened
building with no windows, so daylighting wasn’t an option. The
facility mainly relies on standard linear fluorescents but added
dimmable can lights and accent lighting, as well as decorative
fixtures that create different dynamics in each space.
EVEN LIGHTING HAS GREATER IMPACT THAN JUST AESTHETIC UNIFORMITY. PI previously had uneven, dramatic lighting that impacted
employee performance negatively but now features even, natural lighting throughout the space, which improves productivity.
“There were places with really bright lighting and others where it dropped off,” says Perruzzi. “The overall effect was dramatic, but you’re not looking for dramatic in workspace
lighting. You’re looking for evenness and levelness as opposed to drama.”