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National IES Events:

May 15th — IES Detroit - Ecology, Technology, and Illumination: Beacon Park

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Please join the IES Detroit Section for our May Meeting!


Program Description:


At this informally structured meeting, we will be enjoying dinner at Lumen - the restaurant at Beacon Park. Then we’ll roam around to see how lighting and landscape elements coexist in a complex network of compromises within the 1.5 acre park. Hundreds of luminaires, electrical dependencies and data lines weave within intentional seasonally-shifting textures of over 10,000 diverse plants. The layers of light for seating, trees, paths and activities, all individually controllable via DMX are sophisticated beyond the obvious. Designed to expand the definition of 'occupied' beyond people; the lighting is also influenced by other environmental influences - like wind, temperature, and precipitation. Custom lighting elements, lighting controls, materials, and plant juxtapositions will be presented as a strategy to achieve a successful balance between technology and ecology.


Objective Summary:

1. Review custom lighting design strategies for proper bidding and installation.

2. Discuss defining moments within our design process.

3. Learn risk mitigation of climate-specific concerns for maintenance and access of luminaires.

Define successful communication methods within a large design, sales, and contractor teams.


About the Presenters:


The park and restaurant visit will be facilitated by Brienne Willcock, LC of Illuminart, Eric Graettinger, PE of Peter Basso Associates, with the help of Chris McRae from Gasser Bush Associates. They will be available to discuss the intense collaboration of the lighting team (designers, engineers, manufacturers, etc.) and how this design came to be after nearly a 4 year process. A huge thank you to our meeting sponsors, Gasser Bush Associates and Lumenpulse.


Meeting Schedule:


5:00 - 5:30 Gather and Network

5:30-6:30 Dinner


6:30-8:00 Walk through the park and discussion


Meeting fees:

$10 for Students

$15 for Emerging Professional IES Members

$25 for IES Members

$35 for Non-Members



Dinner will include a side salad and a strawberry cheesecake dessert. For your entrée, please select from the following options:


· Chicken Gnocchi


· Pan Seared Roasted Salmon


· Rustic Tomato Pasta



For discounted fees, please provide Student ID or proof of Association Membership at the door.


Meeting Location Details:

Our event will be held at Lumen Restaurant in Beacon Park. Valet parking is available for $10. On-street parking utilizing the 'Park Detroit' app or the loose change found in your car seats is available on surrounding streets. Free parking is available at the MGM Casino self-park garage, just a short 6 minute walk from the restaurant. 


Ticket sales end at noon on Friday, May 11th!


Meeting Location Details:

Lumen Restaurant at Beacon Park

1903 Grand River

Detroit, MI 48226


See this link for your convenience: Lumen Detroit



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