First Ascent Climbing & Fitness

Project Summary

First Ascent Climbing & Fitness is proof that hard work pays off and dreams really do come true. With backgrounds in Education, Finance, Law & Climbing, the First Ascent founders set out to build a premier indoor climbing gym - one of the tallest indoor rock climbing gyms in North America - to serve Chicago's climbing community with a truly world class facility.

The First Ascent founders assembled a team of Chicago investors, developers, architects, and lenders to commence the project. Not long after acquiring a parcel of real estate, in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood, initial design and specification work revealed a challenge with lighting. With a 55 foot mounting height a significant number of light fixtures would be needed to not only to illuminate the facility, but the climbing faces as well.

First Ascent chose Lumerica LED High Bay and Flood Light Fixtures to achieve the best balance of performance and efficiency. Lumerica's LEDs would give the climbing gym a bright and vivid feel, both on the ground and on First Ascent's impressive 60 foot tall climbing walls.

By choosing LED as a light source, First Ascent's lighting will use approximately 50% to 70% less energy than other light sources and will last significantly longer, ultimately resulting in lower operating costs and less energy consumption.

Lumerica's fixtures are also completely modular and can be serviced to last another life cycle. No need to replace the entire fixture, just replace the necessary part at the end of its life cycle.

"We looked at several different light sources, and decided that LED offers the best lighting for our customers' experience while simultaneously consuming less energy. It's a win-win for us!"- Joe Zentmeyer, Finance Director, First Ascent Climbing & Fitness

Lights Installed

Key Benefits

  • 50% less lighting electricity consumption than Fluorescent lighting and 70% less than HID lighting
  • Reduced annual maintenance costs from longer LED lifespan
Light Quality
  • Great visibility from LED lighting promotes a safer climbing environment
  • Operating costs
  • Safety