Hillberg & Berk

Hillberg and Berk is a jewelry retailer with specific interior design style requirements. The design required high average illuminance levels of 1000 lux, accenting the display cabinets to provide sparkling effect, which would be reflected on the product and lighting emphasizing primarily the white color palette of the architectural components and central feature luminaire. The design included one visual merch window, POS and wrapping area, retail floor area with 3 display cases and two shelving units, and seating area.

Adjustable angle track lights were chosen for the project to provide focused lighting to the display cabinets. The light fixtures were integrated inside the architectural cove and matched the cove’s black background to minimize glare and mask the fixtures. To design the lighting and verify the lighting levels, an AGI32 model was created. Model included all furniture items, including detailed models of the display cabinets to predict the effects of the lighting on the jewelry and ensure proper accenting by controlling areas of lower luminosity. The fixtures were individually aimed by a coordinate system.

Lighting in the seating area required uniformity and had to appear visually separated from retail area to create comfort for the customers. Six recessed pot lights were placed above seating to achieve a virtual room effect. Design of the system was constructed around the rapidly changing retail environment. The system includes dimming for nine groups of fixtures, including separate dimming for feature luminaire. The dimming allows for accenting and future merchandising flexibility. All track fixtures were made to be easily amiable to allow for the changes in product displays and their respective layout. To address energy and environmental requirements all luminaires, apart from the feature luminaire, were specified to be high efficiency LED fixtures.

From a mechanical services standpoint, maintaining a clean ceiling aesthetic was a top priority in the retail space. Mechanical equipment on the ceiling and walls was coordinated with both the electrical and architectural components to reduce visibility. The plumbing for a sink within the back-staff room was integrated within the millwork for concealment.

Our team was pleased to provide professional engineering services to a Canadian company that is driven to impact the women’s empowerment movement through their respective branding, design and distribution of jewellery and accessories