Process Makes Perfect

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The 138,000-square-foot Baker Prairie Middle School in Canby, Oregon, is organized into three “pods,” staggered along a diagonally placed central corridor to allow all classrooms and most areas direct access to daylight.

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In the daylighting lab, Heinz Rudolf with a model of the building on the heliodon.

Rudolf enlisted the help of local Canby High School students, enrolled in a construction course, to build a full-scale classroom mock-up on the actual Baker Prairie Middle School site.

Testing lighting levels inside the classroom mock-up was essential to the design process for several reasons, primary among them, the ability to test a proposed 8-foot horizontal offset daylighting shaft, provided by Solatube, seen from the roof during mock-up construction.

This critical experimentation revealed proper placement of lens openings in the ceiling, as well as allowing adjustments in the placement of skylights and the T8 classroom fixtures.

Testing lighting levels inside the classroom mock-up was essential to the design process for several reasons, primary among them, the ability to test a proposed 8-foot horizontal offset daylighting shaft.

Testing lighting levels inside the classroom mock-up was essential to the design process for several reasons, primary among them, the ability to test a proposed 8-foot horizontal offset daylighting shaft.

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