LIGHTsource Sales Contractor, CEO Shed Light on the Fishers District Deal
Driving along 116th, it’s virtually impossible to miss The Yard at Fishers District. The 18-acre mixed-use development has quickly become a favorite spot for local residents.
Those driving past the property in the evening have likely noticed how well lit the Fishers District is at night. That is, as you would imagine, by design. Well-designed lamp posts, tree lighting and the lit-up Fishers District sign are just a few aspects that adorn the brick-paved roads for guests entering the property.
The lighting project was no small feat, more than a year in the making. Janine Burkhart, Geist resident and Outside Sales Contractor with LIGHTsource, landed the lighting deal for the Fishers District and couldn’t be happier with how the project has turned out.
“I have a prior relationship with Thompson Thrift on other projects, so once the Fishers District development went to bid, I reached out to them to put our LED lighting package together,” Burkhart says. “It has been a very exciting project to work on. We were involved early on with the concept and design phases and combined that with LIGHTsource’s ability to use locally manufactured products from the Acuity Brand Lighting. The Fishers District concept is so unique, and there really aren’t any other projects around Indianapolis like this.”
LIGHTsource was founded in 1991 by Greg Conger, who serves today as CEO & President of the company. Conger, who is also a Geist resident, started the Indianapolis-based business with the goal of becoming the premier lighting and controls agency in Indiana.
Nearly 30 years later, the company has been a part of major lighting projects throughout Indianapolis, including many of the major auto dealerships and even Lucas Oil Stadium. When the opportunity arose for the Fishers District project it was a no-brainer to put in a bid.
“We are celebrating our 29th year in business and have built a reputation of putting the customer first,” Conger says. “The Yard at Fishers District was a target project for LIGHTsource. Thompson Thrift nailed the theme of the city by offering Fishers an upscale space for the entire public to enjoy.”
Burkhart, a CPA by trade, started out in public accounting with a focus in construction consulting. When Conger, a friend of Burkart’s, asked her to join him on the sales side, she knew Conger was on to something special and that the partnership would be mutually beneficial.
“I was so intrigued with the LED lighting and continued to learn about it,” she says. “It just married well with what I was doing. I act as a development professional and energy sales consultant.”
Burkhart has served as a project manager and supervisor of sorts over the Fishers District project, offering input early on for the design stages. Throughout the project, she has been on site two to three times a week to oversee the development.
With much of the outside lighting done, Burkhart’s focus has shifted to several of the tenants at the Fishers District. LIGHTsource is also providing the lighting and design for several restaurants on the property, including the recently opened Sangiovese Ristorante and soon-to-come Sangrita Saloon.
There are also plans to add color-changing LED lights throughout the exterior of the Fishers District, bringing an added flare to the ambiance of the property during holidays and certain seasons.
“It has been very hands-on for me,” Burkhart says. “With Sangiovese, we did the lighting design for the restaurant. So I have also been on that job site making sure, for example, that decorative fixtures are installed correctly. The fixtures and LED technology throughout the Fishers District look awesome. It has been really fun to see everything come together. It is a project that we have looked at on paper over and over for more than a year now, tweaking the design and getting it just right. It is great to see it all lit up now.”
LIGHTsource’s main office is located at 8719 Castle Park Drive in Indianapolis. For more information, visit them online at lightsourceindiana.com or give them a call at 317-598-6910.
For more information on the Fishers District, including the full list of businesses, visit fishersdistrict.com.