Local student wins design award

Kaitlyn Hutchens, center, student winner, is recognized by Lance Bennett, vice president, Specification, Eaton; Jeanne Mercer-Ballard, associate professor of the Interior Design Program at ASU; Rebecca Hadley Catter, manager, SOURCE; Mark Eubanks, president, Eaton’s Lighting Division.

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. — Local design student Kaitlyn Hutchens was recently named a 2015 SOURCE Awards winner by power management company Eaton, a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.

Hutchens, a Yadkinville resident, received the Honorable Mention award for her conceptual lighting design of Tatu, a Malaysian restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. She was presented with a crystal trophy and $500 prize during LIGHTFAIR International, the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, held May 3-7 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Power management company Eaton, a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, recently named Appalachian State University students Megan Everhart, Hazel Chang and Kaitlyn Hutchens as SOURCE Awards winners for their conceptual lighting design projects in the company’s 38th annual lighting design competition. The students were recognized during LIGHTFAIR International, the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, held May 3-7 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Projects are judged on the blending of aesthetics, creative achievement, technical performance and the degree to which the lighting met project constraints and design concept goals. Everhart was recognized as a Winner and received a $1,500 prize for her unique lighting design. Chang and Hutchens each received Honorable Mention honors and presented with a $500 award. All winners were presented with a crystal trophy and offered an invitation to attend a complimentary class at the SOURCE, Eaton’s state-of-the-art lighting educational center located in Peachtree City, Georgia.

Everhart’s winning project brought sustainability to her Fresh Restaurant & Bar, a Malaysian restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Providing a conceptual design for the 5,000-square-meter restaurant, Everhart utilized Eaton’s energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) products to create contrast and layering throughout the space, highlight natural plants and create focal points in the overall restaurant design.

Chang, a repeat winner who was recognized as the 2014 SOURCE Awards winner, is being recognized for her conceptualized lighting design for the flagship store of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), using lighting to help inspire customers to experience the outdoors. Hutchens’ lighting design concept focused on another Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia restaurant, Tatu, and created a warm, energy-efficient welcoming environment using LED and controls solutions to her restaurant design that was inspired by traditional Iban tattoos.

“Eaton’s student SOURCE Awards competition challenges the next generation of designers to utilize innovative technology appropriately and creatively,” said Mark Eubanks, president, Eaton’s Cooper Lighting Division. “These winning designs are an excellent example of how Eaton technology and creative lighting design make energy-efficient and aesthetically pleasing solutions possible. We hope their impressive work will inspire them towards a career in lighting.”

In its 38th year, the SOURCE Awards are open to all lighting designers, architects, engineers, professional designers and consultants across the globe who use Eaton’s lighting and controls products in an interior or exterior design project. Students currently enrolled in any of these disciplines are also eligible to enter projects based on conceptual lighting designs utilizing Eaton’s lighting fixtures, and are judged in a separate student category.

The SOURCE Awards program has granted winners over $600,000 in addition to receiving industry-wide recognition. Past entry applications have included commercial offices, retail stores, galleries, libraries, banks, restaurants, convention centers, entertainment facilities and residences.

For additional information about this year’s 38th Annual SOURCE Awards competition, please visit www.eaton.com/sourceawards.

Eaton delivers a range of innovative and reliable indoor and outdoor lighting solutions, as well as controls products specifically designed to maximize performance, energy efficiency and cost savings. Eaton lighting solutions serve customers in the commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, residential, utility and other markets.

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2014 sales of $22.6 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has about 102,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

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