Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

APR 2017

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Landing Public Works Projects >> Michael Sestak of Sestak Lighting Design is registered in California as a small business that can bid on state and city projects. He says the procedure took a concerted effort but it is available to everyone. "It's a process to get there, but once you're there then you can just pick and choose which ones you want," states Sestak. One project that was done on private land but became public property afterwards was the McKinley Village underpass, which is the main entrance to a new community development that was bordered by a railroad and a highway so a tunnel under the bridge had to be built. He did not have to bid for this project because the developer had seen his work on a public/private project, the residence and grounds at the Historic Governors Mansion State Park that he helped foster as part of the California chapter of the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals and donated his time to design and install. "It was the first public profile project that myself and others worked on. This for the pure wish to beautify this magnificent building," Sestak remembers. "We really got a lot of press about the efficiency of LED lighting and how it can be applied to historic structures. The developers in town got wind of how this was done and one sought me out." As for the underpass project, Sestak says that it was motivation to ramp up and develop all the necessary documentation needed to work on similar projects. To become registered, Sestak advises that it's best to have an advocate such as a state official to help get your paperwork in line. And then they might even be a lead to publicly funded projects. LC DBM Above The McKinley Village underpass in Sacramento leads to a new community development and is the starting point for what is known as the McKinley Village Art Walk. Sestak Lighting Design was selected by the developer, The New Home Company, to design and install the lighting. Though it did not require a public bid for his company to get the project, owner Michael Sestak says that it did require electrical knowledge for municipal projects, IES roadway lighting codes and the ability to work with a large team of civil engineers, federal, state and city officials. Forty-eight lights for the columns fit inside custom fabricated metal chevron shaped housings that conceal wiring and connections while also preventing glare from direct view. Sixty lights for the ceiling are housed in custom fabricated metal cages. Each LED light has its own address that permits an infinite array of programming possibilities. April 2017 29

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