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Point Park University Lights UP Historic Lawrence Hall

As the city of Pittsburgh prepares for the annual Light Up Night celebration later this week, Point Park University and Duquesne Light will flip the switch to illuminate the façade of historic Lawrence Hall, one of Point Park's signature buildings on its growing Downtown campus. The façade will be illuminated as part of a special ceremony on November 18 at 6 p.m. The lighting project was funded through a $100,000 grant from Duquesne Light's Power of Light program.

"As we illuminate Lawrence Hall, located in the heart of our campus on Wood Street, we light the way for the future of the Academic Village at Point Park University, our $210 million master space plan centered in Downtown Pittsburgh," said Paul Hennigan, Point Park University president. "By highlighting the upper floors of the grand Art Deco building, we are bringing vibrancy and energy into the Downtown neighborhood we call home."

A major participant in the region's economic success, Duquesne Light awarded Point Park University a $100,000 grant through its Power of Light program, to illuminate the Lawrence Hall façade. Through its Power of Light corporate outreach program, Duquesne Light places special focus on illuminating regional and neighborhood landmarks, recreational lighting, and lighting initiatives promoting economic vitality, safety and security in the communities and neighborhoods it serves. Recent partnerships include the architectural lighting of Penn Avenue and the Roberto Clemente Bridge in Downtown Pittsburgh, as well as Smallman Street in the Strip District.

"This project is a grand example of the results of our Power of Light program," said Morgan K. O'Brien, president and CEO of Duquesne Light Company. "As a company, we are only as strong as the communities we serve, and by providing the funding for this beautiful lighting project, we are adding to the strength and vitality of downtown Pittsburgh and Point Park University."

The lighting system was designed by Sewickley-based Hilbish McGee Lighting Design. The project uses eight high-pressure sodium (HPS) luminaires and 45 ceramic metal halide (CMH) luminaires. The state-of-the-art luminaires use the lowest wattage possible and focus the illumination only on the desired façade surfaces. The combination of HPS and CMH sources adds depth, warmth and clarity to accentuate the historic Art Deco structure. The system illuminates from the roof of the eighth floor through the 20th floor. The system was installed by South Side-based Precision Electrical Contractors, Inc.

Known as the Sherwyn Hotel when it was acquired by Point Park in 1967, Lawrence Hall was originally built as the Keystone Athletic Club in 1929. One of the signature buildings on Point Park's growing Downtown campus, Lawrence Hall was designated a historic landmark by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation in 2007. The Lawrence Hall faced illumination project complements a $5 million lobby renovation that was completed in September and includes a grand entrance to the new LEED-certified Gold Dance Complex.
Point Park University is undergoing a transformation. With the installation of the Lawrence Hall façade lighting system, the University continues its progress on the Academic Village at Point Park University, a $210 million master space plan. An overview of the new Academic Village at Point Park University is available at

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Point Park University, founded in 1960, is an independent, four-year coeducational institution located in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. Point Park enrolls approximately 3,800 full-and part-time students in 67 undergraduate programs and eight graduate programs offered through its School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Communication and the Conservatory of Performing Arts.