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The hours from dusk to dawn, in public space, deserve a special urban planning and design approach. During the virus pandemic, with focus on essential labor — medical, transit, cleaning, call centers, to name a few — cities’ human, humming engine, nighttime design is critical. 

However, for public space design teams, urban lighting design is seldom listed as a key service with line-item fee budgets. Therefore primes consult with fixture representatives and engineers rather than peer designers.

Welcome to my economic program especially to enhance structure, infrastructure and site design: Pre-design and Design – Stage 1. Full service concept to construction administration is also available, see Design – Stages 2 and 3.

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Leni Schwendinger Light Projects: Features – Public Art

As a sole-proprietor, woman-owned enterprise (WBE), with over 20-years of experience, Leni Schwendinger Light Projects offers upper-level illumination design services to ensure quality nighttime experiences for end users through guidance, collaboration and advisement for landscape architecture and urban design clients. 

Leni Schwendinger Parks and Waterfronts

Leni Schwendinger Light Projects: Parks and Waterfronts 

In-depth technical assistance is available as needed. Design Development (Stage 2) and CD phase (Stage 3) options include coordinated hand-off to the prime’s choice:

  • Internal design staff
  • Team electrical engineer
  • Manufacture representatives
  • Leni Schwendinger Light Projects’ partner technical team

Key services

– Existing conditions
– Community engagement if needed
– Develop concepts to match architectural design themes
– Basis of Design Report (Schematic)
– Review and Comment (Final Design)
– Commissioning

Pre-design

  1. Site visit
  2. Existing conditions report
  3. NightSeeing Program: Community and stakeholder interaction
  4. Recommendations – night and light principles

Design Stage 1 – Schematic

  1. Design workshop guidance
    • Including precedents, examples
    • Relevant case studies
  2. Concept/Schematic Basis of Design consisting of:
  • Sketches
  • Rendered site plan
  • Rendered design for specifics – section/elevation as needed
  • Fixture Families

Design Stage 2 – Design Development through Construction Documentation

  1. Review, comment, answer questions throughout final design process

Design Stage 3 – On-site commissioning 

  1. Supervise aim and adjust
  2. Supervise level setting and states (control system)
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Leni Schwendinger Light Projects: Transit                                                         

Add a qualified WBE urban lighting designer to your design team.

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A/E firms (and  sub-consultants who regularly team for public works) should get their Federal Forms  SF 330 updated and ready to create design team proposals, as indicated by Ann Looper Pryor’s post on LinkedIn, today, May 7, 2009,

Several major funding sources will start the RFP process  in mid-May to fulfill the strict funding deadlines as discussed previously on this blog.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act gives agencies, counties, and municipalities … 90-120 days to obligate funding to “shovel ready” projects. That means that between May 18 and June 19, recipients of the funding will be in a full court press to secure design professionals to take advantage of those funds within the federal Fiscal Year 2009, ending September 30. Another surge in public project inquiries is expected June through September as the Federal Omnibus Budget (supplemental funding for March 6-September 30, 2009) and the 2010 Federal Budget (October 1, 2009-September 30, 2010) kick in for agency capital improvements and a variety of state programs.

This report is based on the post Good Economic News for Landscape Architecture Profession on LinkedIn’s American Society of Landscape Architects’ group by Ann Looper Pryor; Publisher, Landscape Architecture Magazine and Managing Director, Resource Development  of the American Society of Landscape Architects