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Troy, NY -  5/5/2004

Kennedy Towers revitalization project enlists help of students from Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center

Students create special displays for renovated building

Students from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are helping the Troy Housing Authority and Omni Housing Development in a revitalization project at the John F. Kennedy Towers in downtown Troy.

According to Mario J. Musolino, executive director of Troy Housing Authority, the project is designed to increase the size of the apartments, bring in new services, and improve the building’s features and furnishings. “We also wanted to make the entire building feel like home to the residents who will occupy the 135 newly renovated apartments,” says Musolino. To help accomplish this, the Authority enlisted students from the Lighting Research Center, who have created unique lighting displays for the lobby areas on each remodeled floor of the apartment building. These displays will be unveiled in a special ceremony at Kennedy Towers.

For the past several weeks, LRC students under the direction of Professor Russell Leslie, the LRC’s associate director, worked on the displays as part of a lighting studio class. Professor Leslie, an architect, periodically involves his students in selected community projects. Last year, LRC students worked with the Bennington, Vt., community to light the historic Bennington Battle Monument.

This year, students met with tenants and staff of Kennedy Towers to design displays for the first phase of the revitalization project. Richard Maloney, an artist who is a resident of Kennedy Towers, has also been commissioned to create a painting for the gallery. These displays will be unveiled in a ceremony on Monday, May 10, 2004 at 11:00 AM. There will be a brief presentation outside the building followed by a tour of the installations on floors 13 through 19. A brief description of each piece is attached.

About the Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC conducts research in light and human health, transportation lighting and safety, solid-state lighting, energy efficiency, and plant health. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. Learn more at

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America's first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,900 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.