Case Study – Gower Studios

Client: Gower Studio

At A Glance
  • Monterey saved Sunset Gower Studios over $25k in annual energy costs
  • From conception to completion, we assisted in managing the entire project

Property owner, Hudson Pacific Properties, was tasked with upgrading a four-story, full city block parking structure at Gower Studios. A main area of concern in the structure was its lighting. Aside from day-to-day parking, the building is used extensively for filming, so the project required robust and efficient lighting throughout. Historically, the poor lighting was a detriment to directors and producers and therefore, a major focus of the upgrade. Hudson brought Monterey in at the beginning of the design phase to ensure they could work with a distributor that could save them money and bring transparency to the bidding process.


For all of its construction projects, Gower Studios’ policy requires them to obtain at least three contractor bids. The client knew that their current bidding process was outdated, dysfunctional, and often resulted in incomparable quotes. After all, getting everyone to quote apples to apples is close to impossible. However, by working with Monterey, Sunset Gower Studios was able to utilize our ability to manage the project from start to finish. We put together a budget for the materials needed and reached out to our network of contractors.


Monterey identified three trusted contractors to bid and guaranteed all would provide the same product and service. When the bids came in, they were within 10% of each other. The client had access to all the information they needed, from product costs to lead times, to accurately evaluate the three bids. As a team, we reviewed all three bids and let the client choose the contractor they felt would be the best fit for the job. Hudson Pacific chose the bid that not only worked with their budget, but more importantly, provided the results they were trying to achieve.

The project began and everything was going to plan. The fixtures were installed and looked great. However, we quickly recognized there was an unforeseen problem. Many of the Hubbell lenses started to shake loose from the vibration of the cars throughout the parking garage. This is where Monterey’s complete ownership of the project was needed most. Immediately, Monterey and the contractor were on site to access the problem. We quickly determined that there was a manufacturer’s defect on the lenses. We swiftly notified Hubbell and a plan of action was put forward to promptly remanufacture all of the lenses. While we waited for the new product, the contractor developed a temporary fix to keep the lenses in place. The new lenses were remanufactured and installed within 3 weeks. By avoiding unproven and lowquality manufacturers, Monterey understood that support would be there should a problem arise. This is the value we pride ourselves on: protecting our clients at all costs.

In the end, Gower Studios was equipped with a fully functional and controllable lighting system that was nergyefficient and aesthetically pleasing.

The Monterey Way Graphic
  • Created a budget outline of the project’s materials to facilitate a seamless and timely bidding process.
  • Vetted manufacturers to secure the highest quality and most costeffective lighting solutions for the client.
  • Took ownership of the entire lighting side of the project from conception to completion.
  • Proactively developed a successful plan of action when a manufacturer defect occurred.
  • Served as the single point of contact for any ongoing support needed throughout the project.


David Thompson, PEM Electric

Monterey Lighting Solutions has done a great job with our lighting projects. Quotes are accurate, timely and have good alternatives. The team is always available and timely with responses. They also helped us resolve warranty issues and navigate through recent price volatility. We have worked with Monterey Lighting Solutions for several years and they have been the most consistent and good across the board.

Adrian Pawluk, Americas Lead Corporate Real Estate & Workplace Solutions, Teradata

The solution that Monterey brought made it possible to achieve our goals more quickly and more economically. They hustled to deliver what we wanted on time and within budget.

Jordan Rubino, PM – Pacific Building Group

Monterey Lighting Solutions took the lead on a difficult long lead time fixture package. Their follow up was great and they kept us informed. Monterey Lighting Solutions provide a single point of contact and leveraged their strengths to get the best costs for the DJO Project. They excelled at responding to many high demands and took the risks out of this project.

Chelsea Kobza, Architect, Gensler

Because the Monterey team was involved early on in the project, they were able to seek out a solution to serve the design intent. They saved me a lot of time and headache on a project where I already had a lot on my plate.

Steve Roberts, Good & Roberts

Monterey Lighting Solutions did an excellent job in supporting all our lighting needs for the Abbott Labs project. They were proactive from the start, contributing alternative products, cost-effective (we had significant cost savings), and most importantly flexible with last-minute changes. The Monterey Lighting Solutions team attended project meetings and was always available to help. While working together, deliveries were accurate and on time, changes did not become problems, and communications were timely. Monterey Lighting Solutions really helped make lighting on this project worry-free.

Christos Klapsis, President, Streamline Builders, Inc.

Thank you all for working with us as partners in this fast-paced, demanding line of work we’re in. You guys provide a level of service that makes it easy for us to work with you. We look forward to taking this to the next level!

Sheri Perkins, PM – Berg Electric

Monterey Lighting Solutions was very responsive and recommended several optional products. The cost impact was favorable and minimized the number of changes required. We had no issues and Monterey Lighting Solutions made the Abbott Project cut and dry.

Construction Manager, Cushman & Wakefield

Monterey Lighting Solutions suggested several lighting alternatives that enabled us to achieve significant cost savings. The quote process was streamlined and efficient. Monterey Lighting Solutions acted as our watch dog and gave us great advice. They were always timely and available. The L’Oreal Pulp Riot Project was a great success with the assistance of Monterey Lighting Solutions.

Peter Anselmo, O’Bryant Electric

Monterey Lighting Solutions listened to my request for stock lighting controls for upcoming projects, enabling us to provide a quick response for our clients. They empowered us to make a difference for our key customer. Monterey Lighting Solutions continues to diligently help us with warranty issues and changes on projects. I am very pleased that they are responsive and collaborative with my team and I.

Ron Sutliff, Project Development Services, Cushman & Wakefield

Monterey made an effort to engage the client to get a sense of their needs. They brought transparency and cost savings to the project and introduced sensible solutions that saved a lot of time and effort. A great team player!

Tiffany English, Principal – Ware Malcomb

We have worked with Monterey Lighting Solutions on several projects including the L’Oreal Pulp Riot Project. The team at Monterey Lighting Solutions has been extremely flexible and willing to make recommendations to assist us. They are quick to respond and have been great to work with. We look forward to working with Monterey Lighting Solutions in the future!

Clint Jesperen, Special Projects Division Manager, Turner Construction

Monterey brought clarity, open communication and assistance to the project. They really own up to the project. The even attended the job meetings. No other lighting vendor does that!

Sheyla Macedo, Purchasing Manager, LU Electric Contractor, LU Electric Inc.

Monterey Lighting Solutions have always been there to help; we have completed many projects together over the years. They are quick to respond in many challenging situations. We have direct access and are given many product options to make our projects successful. Monterey Lighting Solutions is very friendly and accommodating with great deliveries.

Joe Swall, Project Development/Estimating Manager, Laser Electric

Monterey’s service and project management skills are impeccable. Because the lighting package was already specified and approved, we were able to get the job done quickly and efficiently. The project went smoother on our end because of their involvement early on.

Mike Balch, Turner Construction

Monterey Lighting Solutions assisted us with excellent product alternatives. This was expected to be a difficult project, but the Monterey Lighting Solutions team’s passion shined through from start to finish. We were updated regularly and well advised on deliveries. By working together, we achieved significant cost savings on this project.