The Skyscraper as a Small Town

Chicago_SkylineSeptember 3rd is Skyscraper Day, a date chosen in honor of Louis H. Sullivan, who is considered the father of skyscrapers. The first skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885. It was a metal framed structure that reached a dizzying 10 stories into the sky. This was a time when most structures still relied on stone support and they worried that a human’s face would peel off if a train reached 60mph. Some continue to define a skyscraper as any building that reaches 10 stories, though most reserve the term for buildings that are at least 100 stories. Continue reading “The Skyscraper as a Small Town”

When it’s Time to Retrofit Your Lighting

Commercial-LightingA lighting retrofit can significantly impact any household, business, or municipality budget. In fact, many major retrofit projects pay for themselves in less than five years. That’s because older ballasts gulp energy in order to power bulbs that channel most of that energy into unwanted heat. All those heat sources mean your HVAC system has to work harder to cool the air in the summer months. Continue reading “When it’s Time to Retrofit Your Lighting”