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Feats of green in the Heartland, LED lighting

LED lighting products help two new builds score high LEED certification ratings in the Kansas City metro area.


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Dark-sky LED light pollution

Written by Shel Evergreen. Published by LEDs Magazine April 24, 2023.


Kansas City, where the Midwest gives way to the Great Plains, is a hub for efficiency and design innovation. Two of the region’s latest architectural projects — an expansive international airport terminal and a suburban public works facility — recently earned high sustainability ratings, with the help of solid-state lighting. Energy efficiency drew the projects' designers to specify LEDs over conventional light sources.


A glowing global gateway


Project Credits

  • Project: Kansas City International Airport

  • Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

  • Lighting designer: LightWorks, Inc.

Designed by global architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merill, the newest terminal of Kansas City International Airport, in Missouri, recently achieved LEED v4 Gold BD+C certification. The 1.1 million-square foot facility is the first airport terminal in the Midwest and the second terminal in the U.S. to achieve this high rating.


Completed in February 2023, the project earned a significant part of its efficiency through LED lighting. The terminal deploys about 50 lighting solutions, totaling more than 14,000 fixtures...

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