The Pennsylvania Convention Center opened its doors in 1993 and offers more than 2 million square feet of space, including seven exhibit halls. However, the facility’s control technology was aging and its lighting was outdated and inefficient. In fact, the lighting control system had not been upgraded since the opening in 1993 and operated with 4 different OEM’s.

After a thorough review of potential partners, the Convention Center selected WESCO Lighting – who worked closely with the facility’s engineers and a leading lighting supplier to expedite integration. Together, a plan was developed that would bring a new sense of energy and productivity to the famous space and the millions who visit it.

One new advance enabled existing software installed on the server to be accessed across the whole facility with the use of a mobile tablet. Local controls were installed and programmed in each of the conference rooms, allowing occupants to pre-set their environment. New lighting was also added, as well as occupancy sensors – causing lights to shut off automatically when events are concluded. All in all, 30 electrical closets were upgraded with over 48 panels, 1,200 relays, 24 dimmer cabinets and 500 individual dimmers.

The work of WESCO Lighting and its other project partners significantly improved the light quality and distribution throughout the hall, as well as addressed the client’s energy reduction goals. Total energy use was reduced by 320,686 kWh – the equivalent of removing 633,921 pounds of carbon emissions that will have lasting effects on both this world-class venue and the city of Philadelphia.