Lighting the Outdoors
The School of Dental Medicine's historic Evans building at 40th Street
and Spruce, named for the celebrated American dentist to the royal courts
of Europe who left his fortune to the School. Aside from his advanced skills
in dentistry, Dr. Evans was famous for helping the Empress Eugenie escape
to England when the Paris mob overthrew Napoleon III. Some of
the jewels she gave Dr. Evans were auctioned in 1983 to benefit the School.
The Campus Lighting Project is Moving into Phase III
The name is deceptively simple--The Lighting Project. But the goals
are part safety, part historical preservation, and thus have involved a
combination of skills and specializations as carried out in Phase I and
Phase II under the leadership of Anne Froehling of Facilities Design and
Charles Boyle of Physical Plant.
Initially announced as a six-part project, the program has been condensed
to four phases, and is now heading into Phase III under the direction of
Dominick Fantozzi of Project Management.
The first two phases are essentially complete, pending final sign-off
from PECO, said Titus Hewryk of Facilities Design.
Phase I encompassed the areas from 38th Street westward, now called
Hamilton Village, while Phase II took in the eastern section, including
Franklin Field and the University Museum. (Major new construction projects,
such as the Perelman Quad and Sansom Common, and the forthcoming Wharton
School expansion, have lighting as an integral part of their schedules,
while what is called The Lighting Project deals with buildings that are
not otherwise under construction.)
The main thing a visitor will see in, say, Superblock, is that taller
light poles with better spacing create more even coverage-the safety factor
exemplified. But when the architecture of a campus includes historically
certified structures Evans Building of the School of Dental Medicine, the
University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Franklin Field,
the Lighting Project is also a historic preservation project for some classic
fixtures and an aesthetic one as well, since skillfully designed lighting
can bring out details of a building's facade that were otherwise less likely
to be noticed.
Phases III and IV-which cover areas from the Veterinary School southward,
including Hamilton Walk and Woodland Walk-are set to start in February.
The initial schedule for completion was October 1998, but the Project is
now speeding up. The new target date is Commencement 1998.
Part of the Lighting Project's work is restoring antique fixtures
such as the Samuel Yellin lumieres at Franklin Field. The University Museum
also has lumieres by Yellin, a noted craftsman who located his ironworks
in West Philadelphia.
- Meanwhile, West of 40th Street ...
- Some 2000 new fixtures have been installed outside about 1000 properties
in University City as part of the cooperative venture UC-BRITE, in which
homeowners have bought the fixtures of their choice and are being reimbursed
for half the cost. Penn, the City, PECO and the West Philadelphia Partnership
launched the program in December 1996, announcing that 63 blocks would
be invited to take part. The project grew to include 90 blocks--of which
about 60 have been completed with 65% of the residents participating, said
D-L Wormley, Penn's Managing Director of Community Housing.
- The rest are in progress.