Retrofit Project Brings More Sustainable, Affordable Light to Upscale Illinois Retail Property

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Cherry Logistics Helps Brixmor Utilize Technology to Improve Outdoor Lighting and Help the Environment

Cherry Logistics helped Brixmor Property Group optimize its property lighting—saving money and energy.

The efficient design of this technology has substantially increased light levels across the property while reducing power consumption.

When Brixmor Property Group, the second-largest owner of U.S. neighborhood shopping centers, set out to improve the outdoor lighting at their upscale Butterfield Square property in Libertyville, Illinois, they received a number of proposals for complete replacement of all lamps, poles and fixtures on the property. Then one of the bidders, Cherry Logistics, a national facilities maintenance and emergency services firm based out of North Aurora, posed a question that changed the entire outcome for the better.

Tom Cashman, Cherry Logistics’ Manager of Energy Solutions, had arranged to walk the property with Dan Jutzi, Brixmor’s Vice President in charge of the project. “When I examined the existing poles, housings and reflectors, I saw no apparent need to replace all of that hardware, so I had to ask: Why not retrofit the existing system instead?” explained Cashman.

What followed was a series of visits to the site, most of them at night, to gather data and map out the existing light levels throughout the property. “There were two things we had to determine,” said Cashman. “First, what improvements in light levels could be expected as the result of this retrofit project, and second, were there any inherent dark areas with the existing system that would warrant adding additional poles and/or fixtures.”

In the end, the existing system was retrofitted with pulse-start metal halide lamps and new ballasts. The efficient design of this technology has substantially increased light levels across the property while reducing power consumption, thus saving money on electrical utility costs for the tenants of Butterfield Square. “We are now planning to add three new poles to the system to even out some dark spots that could not be remedied by the retrofit, and even after this expansion phase, our client will have spent thousands less than the projected cost of a full-on system replacement — and that’s before the utility incentive,” said Cashman.

Following the recommendations made by Cherry Logistics has allowed Brixmor to take advantage of incentive programs offered by Commonwealth Edison, the local utility. As an added client benefit, Cherry Logistics handled all of the paperwork associated with these incentives.

And the benefits don’t stop there. This lighting project will aid the environment year after year by reducing electricity usage, thus measurably reducing the air pollution and environmental damage associated with power generation. This means a reduction of 9,680 pounds of carbon dioxide, 16,133 grams of sulfur dioxide and 37,429 grams of nitrogen oxides annually. This lighting project will have the same effect on the environment as planting a full acre of trees.

About Brixmor Property Group:
Brixmor is the second largest owner of community and neighborhood shopping centers in the US and has been a leader in redevelopment over the last decade. The Company actively manages a national portfolio of more than 600 properties, aggregating 94.7 million square feet, which are strategically located across 39 states and primarily anchored by grocers or leading discounters. Brixmor is the largest landlord (by gross leasable area) to The TJX Companies, The Kroger Company, Dollar Tree, Inc. and Big Lot Stores, Inc. The Company is headquartered in New York, New York with multi-disciplinary, full service regional and local offices across the country. Further information is available at

About Cherry Logistics Corporation:
Cherry Logistics, Inc., headquartered in North Aurora, IL, was founded in 2003 as a snow removal service. Since that time the company has become a premier provider of consolidated facilities maintenance services including landscaping, lighting, emergency power, and HVAC, displaying proficiency in each category. Cherry Logistics specializes in offering facilities services for owners of multiple-location real estate. Specific services are offered to each client as needed, including snow removal, lot sweeping, landscaping, and window washing. The company is currently operating within 42 states.

Cherry Logistics prides itself on the fact its staff is comprised entirely of experts with years of experience within their respective fields. This diverse team includes managers and executives with experience in retail management, facilities management, customer service, commercial real estate, construction, transportation, information technology, and meteorology. For more information about the company, visit

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