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San Benito High School's gymnasium in Hollister, Calif., had a 40-foot by 40-foot skylight that needed to be replaced.San Benito High School's gymnasium in Hollister, Calif., had a 40-foot by 40-foot skylight that needed to be replaced. The space serves multiple functions including sporting events, lunch periods and school assemblies, which require various light levels. Aedis Architects specified CPI Daylighting Inc.'s IntelaSun skylight for the replacement project, which was completed in September 2015.

IntelaSun balances light-levels and eliminates solar heat gain and glare throughout the daytime with a series of rotating internal louvers called SolaBlades. IntelaSun can be programmed to be automated or operated manually from a wall-mounted control. When completely open, the light transmission in the gymnasium is 66 percent; closing the blades reduces the light transmission to 3 percent.

Henrik Malinowski, AIA, senior project manager at Aedis Architects, says the lighting control feature can be used during video projections and other times when room darkening is desired.

"[IntelaSun] offers features like sun control with the ability to darken the skylight," he says. "Because the intelligent daylight panel is sandwiched between two panels, it makes for an easy and clean installation."

Architect: Aedis Architects, San Jose, Calif., www.aedisarchitects.com
Skylight: CPI Daylighting Inc., Lake Forest, Ill., cpidaylighting.com