Andy


McNeil

Lighting Specialist

Daylighting Expert

Simulation Whiz

Transportation Geek

Planning Enthusiast

College Football Fanatic

Employment

Developed the five phase simulation method for simulating complex fenestration systems with improved accuracy.

Created an often praised software tool to visualize BSDF data files (BSDF Viewer).

Developed a method to simulate solar optical heat absorption with Radiance for EnergyPlus whole building simulations.

Managed the first research project to use FLEXLAB. Successful completion of the project resulted in additional research engagements with the client, Genentech.

Regularly provide advice to Radiance users with complex daylight simulation challenges.

Led the daylight and electric lighting design for several projects including world-class museums, libraries and offices.

Provided mentoring support for junior staff to develop lighting knowledge, particularly daylight simulation expertise.

Created the successful Lighting Skills Blog allowing global sharing of knowledge and capabilities.

Received two Arup research grants to study the feasibility of an LED sky simulator and to develop software tools for dynamic daylight simulation.

Led a LEED AP preparation course that directly resulted in 21 new LEED accredited professionals in the New York Office.

Education

Haas School of Business

Master of Business Administration

Received an academic achievement award for earning the highest GPA in the EWMBA class of 2015 (250 students)

College of Engineering, Schreyer Honors College

Bachelor of Architectural Engineering

Master of Architectural Engineering

Journal Publications

This paper describes the validation of genBSDF, the Radiance program used to create BSDF data files. BSDF data files contain angularly resolved transmission and reflection characteristics for optically complex window systems. These data files enable convenient simulation of complex products such as daylight redirecting and arbitrary shading devices.

This paper describes the validation of genBSDF, the Radiance program used to create BSDF data files. BSDF data files contain angularly resolved transmission and reflection characteristics for optically complex window systems. These data files enable convenient simulation of complex products such as daylight redirecting and arbitrary shading devices.

Complete list of publications

Research Projects (With LBNL)

The first project to use LBNL’s FLEXLAB tested systems to be installed by Webcor in a new office building at Genentech’s campus. As project manager, I worked closely with Webcor’s contractors and vendors to install systems in FLEXLAB. And I coordinated LBNL staff to manage data acquisition, and synthesize results into actionable recommendations for Genentech and Webcor.

Genentech produced a video describing the project

Project Website

I developed a system for automated HDR image capture including both hardware and software to evaluate glare in both LBNL’s Window Testbed Facility and FLEXLAB. The system captures bracketed photos, compiles an HDR image, calibrates against illuminance measurement, and computes image based glare analysis every five minutes.

HDR system website

Lighting Design Projects (With Arup)

Daylight and electric lighting consulting and design services for the expansion of the St. Louis Art Museum. Designed by David Chipperfield, the expanded museum opened in 2013. The new galleries feature a concrete coffer ceiling on a 5'x10' grid. Skylights in the roof are centered above the coffer, and a daylight diffusing panel, which houses electric lighting, acoustic absorption and fire suppression, is suspended inside each coffer. This project required intense coordination among various trades. The project received a GE Edision Award of Excellence for lighting design.

Daylighting and electric lighting design services for the new museum in Wakefield named after the well known local artist Barbara Hepworth. The museum, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, sits on the bank the historic river Calder. Each unique gallery features non-orthogonal walls, and diagonally sloped ceilings. Each gallery contains a skylight along one wall which creates asymmetry of daylight. Curators were provided annual exposure maps for each wall to ensure that art was located appropriately given varying tolerance for light exposure.

Daylight and electric lighting design services for the new Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, UK with David Chipperfield Architects. Margate, a seaside town, is famous among artists for the quality of daylight. The galleries, designed to capture the essence of daylight, feature large north facing clerestories with small skylights inclined to the south to balance the light in the space. Designing the size, position and construction of the skylight to balance daylight from the clerestory required iterative design and extensive simulation.

Sustainability consulting services for the design of the new Fulton Street Transit Center in lower Manhattan. MTA’s new transit hub improves access to platforms and comfortably links four subway stops and subway lines. I tracked sustainability metrics across all disciplines and encouraged to project team members to ensure that each sub-project would achieve the desired LEED certification and meet the more rigorous MTA “Design for Environment” guidelines.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, designed by Diller Scofido + Renfro, is located on Boston's waterfront. I provided daylight design for the museum’s galleries located on the top floor. Additionally, I provided electric lighting design services for the interior (including lobby, store, auditorium and office areas) and electric lighting design for exterior of the building, including the lighting of a dramatically cantilevered section of the building (pictured left).

Electric lighting design for all spaces including patient rooms, intensive care units, birthing suites, operating rooms, imaging facilities and building exterior. The lighting design focused on the patient experience, which is often from the perspective of laying down facing the ceiling. Lighting was designed so that the source is concealed from direct view.

Daylight and electric lighting design services for the Glass Pavilion designed by the Japanese firm SANAA. The facade and most interior partitions are fully glazed with curved glass panels. Daylight illuminance is controlled by metal chain screens that slide along channels in the space between the exterior facade and the interior wall.

Daylight and electric lighting design services for the new library in Scotland, designed by the architectural firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen of Denmark. The facade features a zebra like pattern of diffuse and clear panels. The interior atrium cuts through the building changing shape at each floor. The University expects library trends to continue to shift from book access to studying with laptops, necessitating flexibility in layout. Light fixtures were mounted to bookshelves to ensure shelves are sufficiently lit as shelves are reconfigured to accommodate more desks.