Ceridian Canada Ltd., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
When third-floor space at True North Square unexpectedly became available, Ceridian Canada, a human resource software company, snapped up the lease. It was a unique opportunity to move its entire Winnipeg team to a single-floor, 25,000-square-foot space.
The open-concept design for Ceridian Canada has a distinctly urban edge with high industrial ceilings, reclaimed wood accent walls, splashes of bright color and bold graphic accents. Exterior walls of windows offer views and substantial daylight to the space. Much of the open-office area was intentionally laid out with a view to the windows.
Lucien Lalonde, senior electrical engineer and commercial M & E department head at KGS Group, managed the project, including lighting design. “General lighting was intended to be clean and seamless,” Lalonde says. “The architect did not want any visual clutter, so we utilized recessed luminaires in many areas.”
KGS Group used Slot 2 linear luminaires from Mark Architectural Lighting throughout the project, including a flush lens recessed pattern configuration in boardrooms and black pendants in open and closed offices, as well as more casual meeting spaces.
Particular attention was paid to lighting in the meeting rooms to avoid shadowing.
“We have found that the standard Lambertian distribution optics with the Slot 2 luminaire provide a great level of illumination in all directions,” Lalonde notes. “By placing two rows over the outside long-edge of the meeting table, we were able to attain an excellent quality of light with limited shadowing.”
Slot 2 luminaires provide static white and tunable white light distribution with dimming capability. Complete with an nLight wired digital lighting control platform, employees have control of output and color. Because of the substantial natural light on the floor, the system also includes daylight sensors that automatically monitor and adjust lighting output throughout the day and evening. The energy-efficient Slot 2 fixtures, and options like the occupancy sensors and dimming capabilities, will significantly contribute to overall energy efficiency on the floor.
In larger meeting rooms, secondary lighting was added with Indy LC6P cylinders and wall washers to assist with any light-level contrast in the space. Indy LC6P cylinders also were used in corridors, the kitchen and some lounge areas. Three Aperture pendants, manufactured by Eureka Lighting, are suspended through cutouts in a unique wooden drop ceiling over the kitchen counter.
“The client is pleased with the outcome,” Lalonde explains. “We were able to deliver a great lighting design with multiple levels of lighting control to suit their needs.”
SLOT 2 LINEAR LUMINAIRES: Mark Architectural Lighting
INDY LC6P CYLINDERS: Acuity Brands
APERTURE PENDANTS: Eureka Lighting
PHOTOS: Gerry Kopelow