ALD is proud to announce that the Pawtucket Bridge project has won a 2013 AIA Honor Award in Urban Planning/Urban Design. We are very happy to have worked with Richard Ventrone, the Northeast Collaborative and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation on such a successful public improvement project.
AIA Rhode Island (the Rhode Island chapter of the American Institute of
Architects) is an organization of architectural design professionals
dedicated to enhancing the quality of our built environment, and thereby
the quality of life. The Chapter endeavors to bring together and serve
all who are interested in the art and science of architecture. To help bring awareness to local achievements in architecture, the AIA awards outstanding projects in the field every year. Other Honor/Merit Award winners this year include: Lerner Ladds Bartels' "Design Exchange", Durkee Brown Viveiros & Werenfels' "URI Climbing Wall Building" & Northeast Collaborative's "Micro Lofts at the Arcade", among others... To learn more about the AIA, check out their website.
Now that December has arrived, ALD is looking forward to the holiday season and our annual e-card! If you have not received a card from us in the past and you'd like to be on our email list... please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
For this holiday season, we are taking a look at some of our Christmases past... Check out this Youtube video we found of ALD's lighting for the Paramount's Kings Island Winterfest in 2005.
The IALD is pleased to announce three inductees to the IALD College of Fellows for 2013. The IALD Fellow designation is awarded to members of the IALD for valuable contribution to the art and science of lighting design, and for their continued service to the IALD. Fellows are professional members with a minimum of ten years experience.
Watch the video to find out more about Kathy's career and contributions to the IALD.
The carving is done... so now it's time to visit us on Facebook and vote for your favorite pumpkin!! Simply "like" the individual photo of your favorite to cast your vote and feel free to share our pumpkin album with others! The winner of this year's contest will be announced on Friday, November 1st. May the best pumpkin win! :)
This Friday will begin ALD's Annual Pumpkin Contest! All employees of the firm will be creating their own carvings this Friday in the office and then we will post photos of each pumpkin on our Facebook page. Next Tuesday begins the voting process... All of our followers on Facebook can see the photos and "like" their favorite pumpkin.
The pumpkin with the most likes by Halloween wins!!
Stay tuned next week for the 2013 photos... Here is a photo of all the entries last year. The winner was the Hello Kitty pumpkin.
As you may have already noticed, we have been trying to increase our online presence and have been posting regularly on this blog, on Facebook/Twitter, and on LinkedIn. As part of this increase, we also plan to start releasing a quarterly update newsletter. This newsletter would come directly to your inbox four times a year and include all the major highlights from our work here at ALD. If you'd like to join this new mailing list, please click on thisLINK!
ALD is so pleased that the Route 95 Bridge is generating so much positive feedback! Besides the PROJO article we highlighted last week, Kathy and the architect of the bridge itself, Richard Ventrone, were featured in a 9/4/13 article for the Valley Breeze. Below is a snippet of the article written by Valley Breeze Staff Writer Ethan Shorey. Ethan and his photographer came to our office to conduct an interview and take a photo of the bridge collaborators.
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Katherine Abernathy has put her stamp on plenty of
picturesque scenes around the world, but says none of those projects compare to
the work she did to help create the final look of a new local landmark.
Abernathy, a North Providence resident and president of Abernathy Lighting
Design on Thomas Street in North Providence, is the woman drawing wide praise
for her elaborate light system on the new Pawtucket River Bridge.
Working closely with Richard Ventrone and his Ventrone Architecture, of North
Scituate, Abernathy says she couldn't be happier with the final result of the
new bridge, a project that was more collaborative than any she had ever worked
"This bridge is so gorgeous during the day, in so many ways it was easy to
light, because it just begged for it," she said, adding that the look of the
bridge by day gives the lighted bridge "strength and boldness at night."
Abernathy said she is not surprised by all of the positive feedback on the
new I-95 bridge in Pawtucket, but emphasized that the final product wouldn't be
a success without all the work done before she and fellow designer Jason Rainone
came along, especially the input of a Pawtucket bridge design task force. The
$83 million bridge looks so great that officials from the Department of
Transportation should submit the project for a national award, she said.
He's worked on many Rhode Island bridges, said Ventrone, but this is the
first one where the final product wasn't just a result of trying to "ornament"
the bridge once the basics were in place. Even the Providence viaduct project,
which is now commencing, is not being done with the kind of thoughtful
consideration and open-mindedness that happened with the planning and
construction of the Pawtucket River Bridge, he said. "I don't think I'm ever going to work on anything as monumental as this,"
said Ventrone. "This was a team of people really coming together to make
something great, and that's rare."
To read the full article, check out the Valley Breeze's website! The article also features a video collection of photos of the new bridge!
Kathy and ALD were recently featured in an article for the Providence Journal! The article, by Andy Smith, discussed our recent design for the Route 95 bridge in Pawtucket.
Here's an excerpt from the article:
NORTH PROVIDENCE — At Christmas, the bridge will glow red and green.
For July 4, it will be red, white and blue. And on St. Patrick’s Day, of
course, it will be green.
The wizard behind this holiday color on
the new Pawtucket River Bridge is Katherine Abernathy, a lighting
designer based in North Providence who has illuminated everything from
Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and
Museum in Georgia.
Abernathy said she and her colleague Jason J.
Rainone have been working on the bridge lighting since 2008, meeting
with representatives of the state Department of Transportation, the City
of Pawtucket, Northeast Collaborative Architects (formerly Newport
Collaborative Architects), Commonwealth Engineers & Consultants, and
electrical engineers Gaskell Associates.
She said she can’t remember who first came up with the idea of the bridge lights changing colors. In
Abernathy’s design, metal-halide and LED (light emitting diode) lights
provide white light for the pylons at each end of the bridge, the bridge
approaches and the underside of the structure. Colored LED lights are
used within the Art Deco eagle wings that guard each end of the bridge,
with small round lights outlining the curve of the central arch. A
single band of light runs along the main span.
The colored lights,
capable of 16 million color possibilities, are controlled by a computer
that can be programmed for the entire year.
Abernathy Lighting Design was recently designated as a Women's Business Enterprise by the National Council. This means our WBE status is nationally recognized! Being a WBENC business allows ALD to make connections with other professional companies and increase our marketing reach to potential clients by making us a qualified option for their diversity standards/programs.
The WBENC's national standard of certification (implemented by The Center for Women & Enterprise) is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and on-site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women. By including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs.
The Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit organization founded in 1995 to empower women to become economically self-sufficient and prosperous through business and entrepreneurship. With offices in Boston and Worcester, MA and Providence, RI, the CWE supports women's businesses throughout New England through education, technical assistance, strong corporate-community relationships, and access to capital and certification. Since its founding, CWE has helped over 28,000 entrepreneurs start and grow new businesses, helped create 37,000 new jobs in New England, and helped generate over $1 bullion in wages. The CWE is the New England Regional Partner Organization for the WBENC, and has certified over 1,300 women owned businesses. www.cweonline.org
The Women's Business Enterprise National Council is the nations's largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for the more than 700 US companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC's certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs. www.wbenc.org
Join Abernathy Lighting Design as our second bridge is realized after 5 years of design, sweat and tears! Congrats to the entire Design team, it has truly been a terrific collaborative effort! See you Saturday!
Abernathy Lighting Design was asked to create a simple yet powerful lighting concept for the Roosevelt Bridge that crosses the historic Blackstone River in Central Falls. With limited to no budget ALD created a photo shop image and performed a one night simple mock-up.
Photo shop image of lighting design
Saturday night May 4th, 2013 - Dr. Robert Billington of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council presented the first ever bridge lighting ceremony over the historic Blackstone River. This was done in conjunction with the 2013 Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Festival, which celebrates the ongoing urban revitalization of the Blackstone River Valley industrial corridor of Pawtucket & Central Falls, and is a statewide signature heritage and Asian cultural event.
Abernathy Lighting Design is very pleased to have helped Central Falls RI bring back a little "sparkle" to the Blackstone Valley!
Light is a
technically difficult and astonishing medium that requires mastery of varied
and continually evolving disciplines. A lighting design practice integrates the
arts, sciences, and business of illumination design and implementation, far beyond
concerns of visibility and horizontal foot-candles.
WHY HIRE A LIGHTING DESIGNER?
You get a professional that
specializes in lighting...
You get the benefits of Professional Lighting Services...
·Equipment Cost Control
·Operations Cost Control
·Prevent cost from over lighting
·Proper lighting can improve
·An artistic eye to lighting can take
your project to the next level
How do you qualify a “Lighting Designer”?
·IALD Professional and Associate
·LC Lighting Certification
·IESNA: Illuminating Engineering
Society of North America
·Lighting Design Award Programs
International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) in conjunction with the
Lighting Industry Resource Council (LIRC) has also created a document called
the Guidelines for Specification Integrity.
“The Guidelines for Specification Integrity,
2005 edition provides specification recommendations and actions specifiers can
take relating to various phases of a lighting project's development, from the
early design phases through completion of construction and commissioning. The
Guidelines outline and clarify the channels and entities involved in the
specification process to help control the budget process and avoid cost
escalations leading to substitution of specified products. The Guidelines have
been updated to address issues including various project types, international
specification issues, project phases in the USA compared with other countries,
sustainable design issues, and more.”This
is an excellent document that should be read by all.It can be purchased from the IALD or on-line at
the IESNA bookstore.
that is important at Abernathy Lighting Design and is discussed in the
Guidelines but important enough to reiterate is that collaboration is the key
to success! Be sure to collaborate with not
only the design team but with your local lighting representative and the
lighting manufacturers for the success of the project.
The IALD website has a great section on the benefits of incorporating quality lighting design into your next project... check out their site for more information!
ALD recently designed two musical productions for Dean College - Oklahoma back in November and Godspell this past weekend! Both productions were fabulous experiences and we enjoyed working with Jim Beauregard and his talented group of students. If you happened to see either show, let us know what you thought!
If you missed them, one of our associates is currently working as the technical director and our office assistant is the stage manager for Rhode Island College's upcoming production of Urinetown (April 18-21). ALD has done the lighting designs for some past RIC Productions including The Who's Tommy in 2004 and Sweet Charity in 2006 (see photo belows).
Check out Urinetown next weekend and thank you for supporting the local arts!
Katherine C. Abernathy, LC, IALD Principal Lighting Designer The project types Kathy has worked on through out her career included
museums – science centers, children’s museums, entertainment venues,
visitor centers, theme parks, offices, classrooms, retail, retail malls,
health facilities, showrooms, convention centers, restaurants, office
facilities and exterior building lighting.
Christopher Abernathy, LEED AP B+C Lighting Designer
Since the inception of Abernathy Lighting Design, Chris has collaborated
on several projects such as Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Technology
Center at Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame,
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati Reds Hall of
Fame and Retail, The Greenbrier Hemisphere Restaurant, 3880 Lounge and
Ripley’s Believe it or Not and most recently Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi.
Jason J. Rainone, LEED AP B+C, IALD Lighting Designer
Jason has been working with Abernathy Lighting Design since 2002 and in
the years since, has collaborated on a great many projects, including
The Pawtucket Bridge # 550, Ferrari World – Abu Dhabi, The Jimmy Carter
Presidential Library and Museum, The New World of Coca-Cola, The Tampa
Bay History Center, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, The Pratt Hill
Condominium Complex, The Gateway Auto Museum, The Greenbay Packers' Hall
of Fame, The Cincinnati Reds Retail Shop, The Arab American National
Museum, and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Nicole Frechette Office Assistant Nicole received her BA in Theatre and in History from Rhode Island College
and has her Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the
University of Rhode Island. Recently returned from a summer as the Production Stage
Manager for the Clinton Iowa Showboat, Nicole is currently on the
Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at RIC
and works as a freelance stage manager in the RI community.
Established in 2001, Abernathy Lighting Design is a creative studio made up of lighting designers trained in the world of theatre and entertainment. This provides us with a unique perspective and a dramatic approach to the art and science of lighting. This background also tempers that approach with a true understanding of collaboration and creativity. It is our objective to help each client realize their final design goals with special attention to the visual interest and excitement brought to a project by a carefully considered lighting design.
Sustainable Lighting Design addresses human needs (to support visibility and productivity), economic needs (minimize initial equipment costs and reduce operation costs), environmental needs (reduce carbon emissions, hazardous waste, and control of outdoor light pollution), and aesthetic needs (quality of light).