Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2018

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On February 13 at 5:45 p.m., Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and City Councilman Jeff Harris were part of the dedication ceremonies for the new McKinley Village Way Underpass. The dedication showcased the dynamic, multicolor light show by the underpass's state of the art LED effects. McKinley Village Way Underpass connects McKinley Village, Sacramento's newest urban neighborhood with the historic McKinley Park/East Sacramento neighborhood. McKinley Village opened to the public in September 2016 ( https://mckinleyvillage. com/ ). It comprises 336 homes, 16 model homes open to the public, a community clubhouse/pool, some common green spaces and a community garden. McKinley Village is co-developed by New Home and Riverview. The first of five parks, Alan and Helen Post Park, has been completed. The community was co-developed by The New Home Co., and Riverview Capital Investments. The underpass's distinctive lighting not only creates a dynamic urban space but also provides abundant light for pedestrians, bicyclists and pedestrians. In addition to serving as the entrance to McKinley Village, the underpass is the starting point for the McKinley Village Art Walk, a public art display that will feature 10 art installations by local artists throughout the McKinley Village residential neighborhood. The McKinley Village Art Walk ( https:// Working with the McKinley Village development team, lighting designer Michael Sestak (www.sestaklightingdesign. com) created signature lighting effects that can cast variable color patterns on the ceiling of the underpass, while also bathing the 12 underpass columns in light. (See video of the lighting @ (https:// vimeo.com/212857575). The LEDs are fully programmable to change colors and lighting effects via DMX controllers. This 2.5-year project incorporated extensive design skills, electrical knowledge for municipal projects, IES roadway lighting codes and the ability to work with a large team of civil engineers and city officials. All the wiring conduits were cast-in-place along with the massive internal rebar structure for the bridge. A custom template was made to precisely identify each conduit termination. 38 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Sacramento lighting designer Michael Sestak won the 2017 'Gold Award' for the best outdoor commercial lighting project from the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP) for his multicolor LED lighting of the McKinley Village Way Underpass in Sacramento. AOLP presents awards in seven categories, with the Gold Award being the top honor in each category. (See other AOLP Gold awardees on p. 74.)

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