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Famous firm lights RIT

RIT is glowing about a new project that involves an internationally recognized architectural lighting firm.

Fisher Marantz Stone is perhaps best known for creating the “Tribute in Light” at the World Trade Center site. RIT is working with FMS to upgrade lighting throughout campus over the next several years.

“As you look at the campus at night, we have a lot of illumination, primarily organized for security purposes. But it doesn't address aesthetics,” says James Watters, vice president for finance and administration.

“The exterior nighttime environment is of paramount importance to a university campus,” says Charles G. Stone of FMS. “Students, faculty and staff are affected and influenced by their surroundings. A thoughtful and thorough approach to lighting and infrastructure will improve the way in which one lives and works at RIT.”

Lighting on campus today is deficient in some areas and too bright in others. Energy efficiency and pedestrian safety are top priorities. RIT also can enhance the campus's visual appeal with accent lighting on its buildings.

FMS, based in New York City, has created innovative and economic lighting designs for more than 2,500 projects around the world since 1971.