Carnegie Mellon hosted its own version of Light Up Night with a sparkling event to celebrate Hunt Library’s 50th anniversary on November 20, 2010. Hosted by President Jared L. Cohon and his wife, Maureen, the event unveiled the latest gift to the university from the Roy A. Hunt Foundation of Pittsburgh: lighting for the façade of Hunt Library on three sides.
The guests of honor were the members of the Hunt Foundation, who represent four generations of descendents of Roy A. and Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt, donors of the original $2.8 million gift for the building. Rachel Hunt also donated her priceless botanical history and art collection now housed in Hunt Botanical Library on the fifth floor. Other guests included university trustees, Pittsburgh foundation leaders and friends of the Hunts, and student leaders in Help Hunt initiatives and the library lighting project.
Professor Cindy Limauro and Christopher Popowich, design partners in C & C Lighting, designed the new exterior lighting for the Hunt Library. It’s designed to showcase the multi-faceted elegance of the library’s aluminum structure and to create a welcoming atmosphere at the canopy entrance. The lighting will slowly change throughout the night to enhance the library’s focal presence on campus. The green technology behind the display uses color-changing LED bulbs that can mix to white light or create dynamic color combinations. The library’s aluminum structure serves as the perfect canvas for painting with color and the designs create a sense of energy and activity at night.