GovernorsMansion-LightingA two-year project to install state-of-the-art exterior landscape lighting at Sacramento’s Governor’s Mansion Historic State Park was named Best In Show at the 2014 Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals national conference in San Diego.

Michael Sestak, owner of Sestak Lighting Design and president of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, played a lead role in putting together the private-public collaboration. The idea was hatched during a chance meeting between California State Parks officials and Ruth Gottlieb of the Governor’s Mansion Foundation over lunch at Midtown restaurant Lucca. “We had recently held the first event for the Chamber’s RainbowPAC at the mansion, and it occurred to me then that the building needed better lighting to show it off to best advantage,” Sestak says. “It was just chance that the topic came up at Lucca.”

Sestak took the idea to the California Chapter of the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals, which agreed to sponsor the project. Sestak, Andy Thomas of Viewpoint Lighting, and Scott Sissom of Elegant Outdoor Lighting donated design and installation services. All lighting materials, valued at approximately $55,000, were donated by FX Luminaire.

The new lighting was unveiled to the community in a gala event November 4, attended by Gov. Jerry Brown and other community leaders.

“The Governor’s Mansion Historic State Park is a Sacramento treasure but one that is sometimes overlooked,” Sestak says. “My colleagues on this project and I worked to light the structure in a way that accents the incredible beauty of the building thereby giving it a new life. We were extremely honored to have the opportunity to contribute our skills to our community and our state in such a meaningful way.”