On Tuesday, April 25th, the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) will begin replacing the existing fixtures that light its iconic towers with a significantly more energy-efficient lighting system. Soon new programmable, colored LED lights will add drama to the city’s nighttime skyline, enhance the convention center’s visitor experience, and amplify its forward-thinking brand.
The original tower lighting has been in place for 26 years, and the updated lighting system is one of many steps the LEED Platinum-certified center is taking to improve its overall energy efficiency. Additionally, reduced maintenance costs are anticipated as a result of the new fixtures. The tower lights will be off until the project is completed in early June.
"We've systematically replaced more than 75 percent of our interior lighting with more energy-efficient LED fixtures," said Matt Pizzuti, OCC interim executive director. "We're excited to continue this building-wide effort to include our tower lights, which will also offer our clients some unique customization options for their events."
When the project is complete, Portland residents and visitors will start seeing the Oregon Convention Center's towers glowing in a variety of colors, depending on the events inside.
The Oregon Convention Center is owned by Metro and managed by the Metro Exposition and Recreation Commission. OCC is a LEED Platinum certified facility hosting groups from around the world and bringing millions of dollars into the Portland and Oregon economy.