Bright Lights, School Spirit Greet Dalton Hall Diners

Diners and guests returning to Dalton dining hall this semester are being greeted by a bright new look.

Using 11 inlaid LED panels and a dramatic mirror display festooned with the Highlanders logo and wrapped in stainless steel, RU’s Department of Facilities Management gave the space a new feel and did so using the latest energy-efficient lighting technology.

“We wanted to make the area brighter and more inviting, and LED lighting is the most energy-efficient technology available,” said Jorge Coartney, director of facilities management, whose team made the upgrade over the holiday break. LED lighting, he said, “produces no heat, and it is more consistent with daylight. It was a good solution for an area where we needed to improve the quality of light.”

An LED, or light emitting diode, is capable of generating a high level of brightness using less power than an incandescent or fluorescent bulb. Environmentally beneficial, LEDs do not contain glass, filaments, UV light or mercury, and their longer life means they create less waste for the landfill.

RU’s commitment to environmental sustainability is campuswide. The Dalton Hall entry renovation is the most recent in a series of initiatives and activities to make RU’s campus green, including the recent Energy Star certification of Ingles Hall, incorporation of a system of digital meters for state-of-the-art energy, water and steam monitoring, and installation of “misers” on campus vending machines to conserve energy.

remodeled atrium of Dalton Hall

New LED lighting, mirrors and stainless steel enhance the Dalton entrance.