The 25,000-square-foot facility is located at the company’s Greenville headquarters on Millenium Drive near the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.
Kevin Poyck, Hubbell’s group president, said the purpose for the renovation was to give the company the right space to use to educate its agents along with contractors and distributors on its lighting products.
“We want to get as close to our customers as we can,” Poyck said. “When you can bring them here and show them their project … there is just nothing like it.”
The center includes a 72-seat, three-screen amphitheater, demonstration areas, modernized classrooms and a central collaborative area. Hubbell’s research and design labs are located adjacent to the renovated space.
Rebecca McCall, director of the LSC, said the design of the LSC includes allowing for flexibility and the numerous demonstration areas are geared for various vertical markets.
“Each usable space has been designed to include a variety of lighting applications and the latest in available system solutions,” McCall said.
The LSC was first constructed in 2007 and has hosted 10,000 clients, agents and suppliers and included 1,000 classes taught awarding nearly 80,000 hours of continuing education credits, according to Hubbell Lighting. While the center has been widely used, Poyck said it was time to upgrade along with the constant changes in lighting technology that has grown beyond just the light bulb.
“No technology had been invented in over 30 years until LED and we worked with our hair on fire to get LED in as many projects as we could,” Poyck said.
Now, he said Hubbell Lighting sees its future in creating controls for lighting.
“Our vision is to have as many solutions for controls as possible,” Poyck said.
McMillan Pazdan Smith was the architect on the renovation which retained the building’s LEED Silver status.
Brian Golden, vice president and general manager of C&I Lighting at Hubbell Lighting, talks about the Lighting Solutions Center.
Kevin Poyck, group president for Hubbell Lighting, cuts the ribbon on the renovated Lighting Solutions Center in Greenville.