Wayne State University

Client Overview

Wayne State University was established in 1868 as the Detroit Medical College, now the School of Medicine. In 1881, the Detroit Normal Training School was established, now the College of Education.

WSU now consists of 13 schools and colleges offering more than 400 major subject areas to over 32,000 graduate and undergraduate students. It is currently the third largest university in the state of Michigan and one of the 30 largest universities in the United States.

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1. Client Challenge:

Wayne State, had some aging structures and needed updated lighting. This was to provide better quality lighting and to save on energy costs.

RTS performed a campus wide audit. RTS evaluated vast numbers of variables such as how the space will be used, amount of day-light, load potential, dimming, lamp color, initial cost, and cost to maintain moving forward.

2. Lighting Solution:

The overall results are impressive. The lighting kW and kWh were reduced 46% and 47% respectively. In the Scott Hall laboratories a 53% energy reduction was achieved while the light levels increased from between 11% to 56%. In the Shiffman Medical Library a 59% energy reduction was achieved while light levels increased up to 600% on the floor between the stack areas

3. The Results:

Retro Tech Systems, Inc. performed a lighting upgrade on over 600,000 sq.ft. for Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. This lighting project was performed in three buildings – the medical library, a medical research laboratory building, and a medical office building. The medical office building upgrade consisted mainly of a lamp and ballast retrofit with some delamping and new fixtures. The two remaining buildings, however, were redesigned and the majority of fixtures were replaced. The Scott Hall laboratory building required a maintained light level of 100fc. This was achieved by removing the existing 3 lamp wrap fixtures and replacing these with a 2 lamp T8 wrap fixture with a specular reflector. The Shiffman Medical Library contained existing 3 lamp U-bend fixtures recessed into a cove ceiling. New 1×8 2 lamp T8 wrap fixtures with specular reflectors and high light output ballasts were surface mounted perpendicular to the book shelving. In addition, new switching was installed to allow for control of each row.