• Project Name: University School
  • Type of Space: Atrium
  • Product Shown:
  • Location: Hunting Valley, OH
  • Design Team: Architect: Centerbrook Architects; Engineers: Karpinski Engineering
  • Photography: Nicole Stark

The Challenge:

University School is a well established K-12 private preparatory school in a suburb outside of Cleveland.  Included in the areas' manufacturing prowess was the production of large industrial turbines.  The Architect and Lighting Designer had envisioned a custom chandelier that captures and honors the region's manufacturing heritage.


The Solution:

Pathway Lighting's designers and engineers, in close collaboration with Centerbrook Architects,  developed the final product – a 9’ x 3’ cylinder which has the illusion of 'spinning' as viewers walk around the fixture.  This was accomplished by a series of individually positioned blades set at alternating angles and differing heights as well as spacing.  The blades are silhouetted by a series of LED linear strips positioned behind a white diffuser accenting a 5’ section of the 9’ 'turbine'.  The staircase is illuminated using a combination of direct and indirect lighting.  Each of the uplight and downlight components of the fixture has 13,000 lumens of LED modules set behind a high transmission diffuser to provide required lighting levels.


The Result:

A unique LED Pendant chandelier that provides efficient general illumination, as well as visually striking focal point for students and faculty to enjoy.


Lighting Designer Testimonial:

"The large light fixture that we designed for Cleveland’s University School was far more complex than it looked.  Pathway worked very closely with us to figure out how to make it provide the manifold lighting required – bright illumination above and below, with a soft glow at eye levels. The lamps are all LEDs [therefore] it uses minimal power and requires minimal maintenance over the years. Pathway’s design suggestions and engineering were invaluable; I don’t know how we would have done it so well without them."


-Mark Simon, Partner, FAIA

 Centerbrook Architects