McKinley Village Way Underpass Lighting Honored with Gold Award from the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals
Thursday, February 23, 2017

On Thursday evening, February 16, Sacramento lighting designer Michael Sestak won the Gold Award for the best outdoor commercial lighting project in the nation from the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP) for his work on the unique multi-color lighting of the recently completed McKinley Village Way Underpass in Sacramento. AOLP presents awards in seven categories with the Gold Award being the top, sole honor in each category.

The McKinley Village Way Underpass, which opened in September 2016, connects McKinley Village, Sacramento’s newest urban neighborhood, with the historic McKinley Park/East Sacramento neighborhood. The underpass’s state of the art LED lights not only provide abundant light for pedestrians, bicyclists, and pedestrians but also create a dynamic urban space and a distinctive work of public art.

In addition to serving as the entrance to McKinley Village, the underpass is the starting point for the McKinley Village Art Walk, a unique public art display which will feature ten art installations by local artists throughout the McKinley Village residential neighborhood. The McKinley Village Art Walk is a collaboration between the McKinley Village development team and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. For more information on the McKinley Village Art Walk, visit:

Working with the McKinley Village development team, Sestak created a signature lighting effect which can cast variable color patterns on the ceiling of the underpass while also bathing the twelve underpass columns in light. Featuring state of the art LED lights, the installation is fully programmable providing the opportunity to change color and effects when desired, including for holidays and special occasions.

In addition to being honored for his work on McKinley Village, Sestak was awarded the AOLP’s Silver Award for outdoor commercial lighting last evening for his work on The Barn in West Sacramento. He also recently won top honors from the Association of Landscape Lighting Designers for his lighting of Sacramento’s historic old Governor’s Mansion.