Greenville-based Hubbell Lighting on Wednesday unveiled its new Lighting Solutions Center (LSC) within its corporate headquarters at 701 Millennium Blvd.
The 25,000-square-foot space was recently renovated and will serve as a training facility and showplace for the company’s range of lighting and controls technologies. It features two large classrooms and demonstration spaces for commercial indoor, outdoor, architectural indoor, health care, retail and industrial lighting solutions.
The space will complement the company’s 3,000-square-foot research and development labs within the $41 million corporate office, built in 2007, which houses 550 employees.
“The pace of innovation in the lighting industry continues to accelerate,” said Kevin Poyck, president of Hubbell Lighting, a business group of Connecticut-based Hubbell Inc. “The evolution of LED technology has changed the paradigm of how we go to market, making the mission of the LSC critical to our success. This facility, in addition to our R&D labs, will keep Hubbell and its business partners in a leading position for many years to come.”
The space was an original part of the headquarters, but Hubbell Lighting officials said the previous design was not conducive to the company’s vision for the future. The decision was made to give the facility a facelift.
Poyck said the new LSC was designed with flexibility in mind, meaning the company can change the configuration of the center in the future without having gut the whole space.
Rebecca McCall, who will serve as director of the LSC, said the walls are covered with dry erase boards. Glass walls, light pillars and modern furnishings give the space an open, contemporary feel.
To design the space, the company worked with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture of Spartanburg, DIRTT Environmental Solutions and Hartranft Lighting Design.
The company said the space conforms to the rest of the headquarters building’s Silver certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) rating system.
Poyck said the company also turned to some of its younger employees to help with the planning and design of the LSC.
“Hubbell Lighting was named the third best place to work in South Carolina in 2016,” Poyck said. “When we talk about attracting and retaining talent, it doesn’t get any better than this… One thing Millenials want is to be a part of something bigger. This is a great example of that… If we have the best people, it bodes well for our future.”
Michael McCullough, a spokesman for Hubbell Lighting said the space has hosted 10,000 customers during its lifespan and supported more than 1,000 classes and 80,000 hours of continuing education credits.
With the new design, McCullough said he anticipates that capacity to increase, which could bring more visitors to the Upstate.
“I think it looks smashing,” said Andrea Hartranft, principal of Hartranft Lighting Design. “[Hubbell Lighting] was really open to doing some fun things. I think it will be a very useful tool for their outreach and education efforts in the years to come… I give a lot of credit to Paula Ziegenbein , the lead designer with our Boston office.”
The LSC has a wall of plants that will be grown under Hubbell lights, light pillars and other fixtures that can demonstrate LED lights that can show the shift from warm to cool in harmony with human circadian rhythms or the seasons.
The retail vertical market training area features a range of local products that will be rotated to show off what the Upstate has to offer.
All of the fixtures and components within the center can be moved or replaced depending on the company’s needs.
McCall said Hubbell Lighting hopes to host events that will make the LSC more open and available to the public.
“We’re so excited,” she said. “We wanted there to be no limitations on what we could do with this space… We had some great support form our leaders and partners. I think it turned out better than we anticipated.”
Hubbell Lighting can trace its roots back to the late 1800s when its founder, Harvey Hubbell, started developing tooling and equipment.
Hubbell’s early patents in the lighting industry included a pull-chain lamp socket and separable plug and receptacle. A few of those products are on display at Hubbell Lighting’s headquarters.
For more information, visit: www.lightingsolutionscenter.com.