Syracuse Garage Lighting Project
Lighting with Advanced Controls Helps a Syracuse Parking Facility
Washington Street Garage is a 1,250-car city-owned public parking garage in downtown Syracuse. Recognizable by its bright red uprights, arched bays, and glass pavilions on the rooftop, the garage is nestled in the midst of a resurgent commercial and residential area on the west edge of downtown and is used daily by hundreds of downtown workers.
Increasing demand for around-the-clock parking led the City to open the garage to 24-hour use in the fall of 2014. With the new additional lighting hours, electrical usage jumped by 45%. The City sought a lighting solution that would reduce energy use, operational costs, and maintenance, while keeping the garage safely lit at all times.
NYPA recommended LED replacement fixtures with integrated sensors. A one-for-one replacement project was funded by a combination of a NYPA Five Cities Formula Grant ($133,000), Syracuse capital improvement funds ($100,000), and energy efficiency rebates from the local utility ($138,500).
The city selected American-made LED fixtures with adjustable high and low settings, integrated motion sensors, and integrated photocells to replace the aging high-pressure sodium lights. Syracuse chose to self-implement, hiring additional local electricians from IBEW Local 43 to work with city electricians.
The project's cost savings make up for the increased hours—and more.