Kim Lighting announced today that several of its products were used as part of the $234 million reconstruction of the I-35 Bridge in Minneapolis, Minn., that collapsed during the summer of 2007.
The lighting for the bridge was designed by leading lighting design firm Randy Burkett Lighting Design in St. Louis. Kim Lighting products were used to light three areas on and around the bridge: the two stone monuments on either side of the bridge marking the precise spot where the Mississippi River begins (Kim Lighting's DBF semi-recessed floodlights with blue filter), a pedestrian walkway underneath the bridge leading down to the river (Kim Lighting's 70W metal halide GEM® Bollards) and the illumination of the abutments underneath the bridge (Kim Lighting's AFL Architectural Floodlights).
"We had to achieve very specific lighting levels, and needed products that could accommodate our performance requirements while also withstanding the harsh Minneapolis winters," said Randy Burkett, president of Randy Burkett Lighting Design. "We selected Kim Lighting for these critical parts of the lighting design because their products met the unique needs of each particular situation."
The I-35 Bridge reopened on September 18, three months ahead of schedule. It collapsed on August 1, 2007, killing 13 people and injuring 145.
Kim Lighting is the world's foremost designer and manufacturer of quality, high-performance outdoor architectural and landscape lighting products. These include roadway, pedestrian, low-level and building-mounted solutions for contemporary or traditional commercial, industrial and institutional applications. Kim Lighting is leading industry in the development of LED products that use the latest technologies and determining standards for the capabilities of LED for general outdoor illumination. Kim Lighting, a division of Hubbell Lighting, Inc., was founded in 1934 and is based in City of Industry, Calif. More information is available at www.kimlighting.com.