Issue #33
December 2016
The MH Companies is Proud to Be a Part of
the Colorado Outward Bound School
Year-Round Micro-Cabins Project
Colorado Outward Bound School Year-Round Micro-Cabins The MH Companies is pleased to have played an integral role in the Colorado Outward Bound School Year-Round Micro-Cabins  project . Since 1991, the Department of Architecture's Design Build Program at the University of Colorado Denver has served the broader community by partnering with non-profit organizations on a variety of innovative projects. In 2016, the Colorado Outward Bound School, a not-for-profit organization, worked with 28 students from the CU Denver Colorado Building Workshop. These students designed and built seven insulated cabins for year-round use. They were required to conduct a critical architectural inquiry into materiality, structure, light, context, environment, and program, to create innovative solutions to prefabricated, accelerated-build, micro housing. The MH Companies worked closely with the students to assist with the lighting design. And, since the program relies almost entirely on donations of building supplies, we reached out to our manufacturers for product donations. Pinnacle Architectural Lighting  and  Bruck Lighting  came through with donations of energy-efficient LED products. Through our involvement with the  program, we were able to give the students a practical working knowledge, and deeper understanding of how lighting design and product specification plays an integral role in the success of a project.

Win a Sony PlayStation VR Bundle

This month, The MH Companies and ConTech Lighting are giving away one of the holiday season's hottest products. One lucky winner will receive a Sony PlayStation VR bundle. The bundle includes the Sony PlayStation VRMove Motion Controller, and PlayStation Camera for PlayStation 4. (Sony PlayStation 4 console not included.) Or, the winner can choose to receive a $500 Visa gift card instead! So, what are you waiting for? Enter today, and you could be joining the list of previous monthly giveaway winners! Yes, people really do win! We have  photos  and  videos  to prove it!

Entry deadline is January 31, 2017!

Enter to Win!
Featured Manufacturer: ConTech Lighting
ConTech Lighting

ConTech Lighting is your resource for innovative, high-performance and sustainable lighting solutions. Since their founding in 1980, they've been committed to providing the best fixture designs and product engineering available. That's why they're the lighting manufacturer that designers trust to meet their high expectations.

Learn more about ConTech Lighting by visiting their website.
Clint_s Controls Corner
Each month, our Lighting Controls Department Manager, Clint Conley, offers insight and advice about lighting controls. Clint, a licensed professional electrical engineer, brings over 15 years of construction, engineering, and lighting controls experience to the table. He takes the often confusing topic of lighting controls, and presents information in a straightforward and concise manner.

This month, Clint is sharing an article which discusses the importance of defining the sequence of operations of a lighting control system early in the design and specification process.  The end goal of any control system is to maximize energy efficiency, and meet the requirements of energy codes in a way that is simple and seamless for the building occupants to operate. If the ultimate functionality of the system is not defined, the full value of the installed control system may not be realized.

Happy Holidays

Our Sincerest Thanks
and Warmest Wishes for the Holiday Season
and Throughout the New Year!

Our offices will be closed on the following dates:
Friday, December 23, 2016
Monday, December 26, 2016
Friday, December 30, 2016
Monday, January 2, 2017

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