PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

COLLEGE PARK BALTIMORE AVENUE BRIDGE

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

COLLEGE PARK BALTIMORE AVENUE BRIDGE

ILLUMINATING A UNIVERSITY & COMMUNITY CONNECTION

The College Park City-University Partnership contacted Imaginex to conceptualize a lighting design on the Baltimore Avenue Bridge over the Paint Branch stream, located at the main entrance to the University of Maryland. Our design prioritized safety, while adding a beautiful aesthetic to the entrance of the state’s flagship University. Each day, over 40,000 cars drive over this bridge, and thousands of students walk and ride bikes on the paved underpass to attend class and get home. The end result was 500 feet of color-changing lights which illuminate the pedestrian walkway and the freshly painted murals.

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Imaginex created a proprietary app that controlled the color of the lights, which can be switched to University colors during sporting events and many other color combinations for holidays and special occasions. The app was designed to turn itself off and on based on sunset and sunrise, and also defaults to a new color mood each day.

INSTALLATION

Our production partners FK Productions created a rigging and installation strategy that did not interrupt traffic or alter the bridge’s structure. Imaginex created 3D CAD models of the entire bridge and the light fixture locations, and FK Productions handled on-site logistics.

PERMITTING AND APPROVALS

We also worked with the Maryland State Highway Administration along with other municipal organizations for permitting and approvals. As one example, it was important to the SHA that the lighting did not distract drivers, which we reflected with our choices on brightness levels and how quickly the colors transitioned.

Source: James Johnson & Nhu-Phuong Duong

College Park City-University Partnership with the City of College Park and the University of Maryland and the College Park Arts Exchange – Executive Producers
Imaginex – Creative Direction, Software Development, Pre-production, Quality Assurance
FK Productions – Electrical, Production Management, Rigging
Eric Mintzer – Technical Director, Production Manager
Eric Olson – Executive Director of the College Park City-University Partnership
Nathan Towles – Install, Quality Assurance
Photos provided by: James Johnson & Nhu-Phuong Duong