Tuesday, September 24, 2013

In case you missed it...

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.

To read the full article, check out the PROJO's website!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

ALD now has WBE status nationwide!!

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.

About CWE
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

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Here is proof that a team that truly collaborates produces a fantastic project.  ALD is honored to have been part of this Team!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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!

Pawtucket Bridge 550 light rendering