Metrotown Towers Stands with Commercial Lighting Controls for Its Office Towers and Mega Shopping Mall

September 2, 2014




The Metrotower Office Complex is the premier office hub of the Metrotown commercial center in Burnaby, British Columbia. Two state of the art “AAA” Class office towers rising 28 and 30 stories tall comprise more than 616,000 square feet.


GE's linear fluorescent lighting has been used in Metrotower I and II since the 1990s and is newly installed in Metrotower III.  Lighting solutions from GE are also found in British Columbia's largest shopping centre, Metropolis at Metrotown, featuring 400 retailers in addition to restaurants, entertainment facilities, theatres, services and on-site daycare providers.

When the Metrotown Properties management team sought to upgrade lighting controls of its 2.7 million-square-ft. office and retail complex, they turned to Current, powered by GE.  Metrotown officials wanted a scalable system offering the latest capabilities that could adapt to changing demands of the towers and its tenants for years to come.




Current by GE’s LightSweep™ commercial lighting controls system brought a common interface and network platform to British Columbia’s award-winning, mixed-use complex.   LightSweep is a highly scalable lighting control solution based on relay panels, sensors and software.  LightSweep can be integrated with building management systems (BMS) and linked to the "Smart Grid.”


The commercial lighting system delivered essential low-cost functionality for implementing basic energy-reduction schemes at Metrotown Properties, such as simple switching and “on/off” scheduling that can be customized by zone or time of day. LightSweep also contains features such as occupancy sensing, daylight harvesting and the ability of direct integration into a building automation system.



Futhermore, the decision to install a single control system has simplified management of the massive lighting load.  Previously, a patchwork of legacy platforms and user interfaces created confusion for facility managers and occupants alike.  Now, more than 100 identical LightSweep control panels using a common interface bring operational consistency and clarity to the Metrotower Office Complex and shopping center, meaning better lighting decisions can be made moving forward.




Now, more than 100 LightSweep control panels bring operational consistency to the Metrotower Office Complex and shopping center, while simplifying management of the massive lighting load.

The future is bright for Metrotown Office Complex and Metropolis at Metrotown.  Thanks to intelligent, automated lighting controls from Current by GE, the future will cost a little less, too.


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