News Release - Rundel Memorial Library Exterior Lighting System Wins Prestigious Award

City of Rocehster

News Release

(Wednesday, February 12, 2014) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) has presented the City with the prestigious Harley Hill Excellence in Lighting Award in recognition of the exterior lighting system at the Rundel Memorial Library. The all-LED, energy-efficient system highlights the architectural beauty of this building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also enables the City to enhance the building’s exterior with colored and themed lighting to coincide with local and national observances and celebrations.

“The LED lighting system outside the Rundel Memorial Library serves the dual purpose of preserving energy and drawing attention to one of Rochester’s most important historic landmarks through the beauty of light,” said Mayor Warren. “I want to thank the Illuminating Engineering Society for recognizing this important project and the City’s commitment to innovation and sustainability.”

“Highlighting the historic details of such a landmark structure and engaging our riverfront at the same time has brought about a renewed sense of pride in our community,” said Norman Jones, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services, the City Department that oversaw the project. “The excitement and energy that these lights have brought to the Center City is tremendous.”

“These are beautiful landmarks in our city,” said Jeri Pickett, an engineer for Stantec, the firm that provided the inspection and design services for the project. “Incorporating these new technologies into historic facilities enhances their beauty and often helps the city save money and be more environmentally responsible.”

The award was presented to Commissioner Jones Monday during the February meeting of the Electrical Association of Western New York. During the meeting, Commissioner Jones helped deliver a joint City-County Proclamation naming the week of Feb. 9 through 15 as National Electrical Week, which includes the Feb. 11 birthday of Thomas Alva Edison, the father of electrical industry.


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