Winona Lighting Receives 2012 Architectural Record Product Award

December 20, 2012

Full Circle curvilinear luminaire recognized as one of the most innovative building products in 2012. 

Atrens Counsel for BritacanThe Winona® Lighting Full Circle luminaire from Acuity Brands has been acknowledged as one of the most innovative and useful building products of 2012 by Architectural Record. A panel of judges selected the Full Circle luminaire as a lighting solution for architects, specifiers and designers to help distinguish the best product options for 2013 projects.

The Full Circle luminaire breaks away from traditional recessed linear fluorescent slot fixtures. It allows light to curve and flow through a space with freedom and flexibility. Available in four forms – full circle, radius, straight and organic – it can be used as an individual luminaire or combined to create a unique pattern or shape for any space.

“This acknowledgement is an honor, and affirms that Winona Lighting continues to deliver unique product offerings that enable customized lighting design,” said Tony Speltz, Product Design Manager, Acuity Brands Lighting. “The Full Circle luminaire is another example of how Acuity Brands continues to excel in offering a variety of lighting solutions to accommodate any design and space.”

The Full Circle luminaire can be used in suspended grid ceiling or hard ceiling applications. For more information about lighting solutions from Winona Lighting, please visit or

Acuity Brands Joins Volunteer Initiative to Build Green Schools

July 17, 2012

Phoenix schoolhouses will be LEED certified and feature Acuity Brands Smart + Simple Solutions for School Lighting

As part of its initiative to promote and deliver high-performance school lighting, Acuity Brands, Inc continues its support of the Green Schoolhouse Series, which has broken ground on its second project in Phoenix.

The self-described “studio-themed” addition to the Orangewood School is a state-of-the-art schoolhouse, designed to achieve Platinum status under the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard. Orangewood School is a K-8 school in the Washington Public School District.

“Acuity Brands is proud to continue to be a flagship sponsor to help create schoolhouses in Arizona,” said Tim Hogan, Acuity Brands Lighting Vice President for Education Solutions. “Our Smart + Simple Solutions integrate electric lighting, daylighting, and controls to both improve the learning environment and help reduce the overall long-term cost of the structure.”

The 6,000 square-foot “studio-themed” school features the full breadth of the Acuity Brands lighting and controls portfolio, including advanced indoor and outdoor lighting using both LED and traditional high-efficiency fluorescent light sources, together with integrated controls.

Acuity Brands provided Lithonia Lighting®, Mark Architectural Lighting™ and Peerless® general indoor ambient luminaires, as well as Gotham® and Winona® Lighting architectural and accent lighting. Lithonia Lighting and Hydrel® outdoor LED solutions enhance visibility for occupants before and after school hours. And, Sunoptics® skylights are integral components of the lighting and daylighting harvesting design strategy.

“The building maximizes functionality and minimizes energy use through Sensor Switch®  controls, sensors and switches, enabled by nLight® technology, that integrate the building’s lighting and control operations,” said Hogan. “The school also features Lithonia Lighting emergency and exit lighting and RELOC® modular wiring products.”

“Studio” is the second in the series of green schoolhouses that features lighting and controls solutions by Acuity Brands. The program strives to educate students and community members about the importance of sustainable living and building practices. The building features a STEM-devoted (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classroom, rainwater harvesting capabilities, interactive white boards and an indoor/outdoor amphitheater.

The state-of-the-art school facility was designed by the architecture firm Emc2 Group Architects Planners, PC, with construction being completed by Kitchell. Engineering services are being provided by Heideman Associates, a Zak Company; Larson Engineering; and Olsson Associates.