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Mark Carlson

Avalon Lighting Design
L/S Lighting Design

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Roseville, CA 95661
United States

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I desire to work with clients that truly appreciate landscape lighting as an art form. I specialize in this ability and perform design, consulting, and project management services, to include installation & maintenance. The kind of clients that I seek are those that understand the value of this specialty--where I am trusted to create and bring out the best with any project. My abilities allow me to visualize, to determine problem areas, to understand & listen to the client, and to implement through final job completion. I place great value on the emotional impact and drama that is created with each scene.

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I have been involved in the landscape industry since 1987, as I worked for several landscape architects in S. California. I graduated from CSULB with my degree in Botany and I have many years of working as a landscape contractor. Please visit my website to learn more about my background at In 1999, I began my quest to perform landscape lighting only, as a trade specialist and was one of the first in the Sacramento region to do this. My company grew to become a corporate entity, but now function as a sole proprietorship so that I have the freedom and flexibility to travel outside of my local region. I have extensive knowledge and hands-on experience performing this trade for custom residential, small commercial, larger commercial "life-style centers", HOA's, etc. For example, my works have included a 33-acre life-style center and a 7-acre custom residential site within a forest setting. My offerings to the lighting industry have included the first-ever set of low voltage landscape lighting guidelines that have been adopted by the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP) and are now being looked at by the Illumination Engineering Society (IES) with their work on RP-39. I was instrumental in the development of the Certified Outdoor Lighting Designer (COLD) program and helped to oversee, teach, and write the program for use by the AOLP. Additionally, I am working on my first book with another industry professional that should be published and released before the end of 2012. Avalon Lighting Design continues to develop landscape lighting designs for specified clients where budget and vision match. We are performing lighting maintenance services primarily in a limited area of my county and installation work is generally performed with an associated business colleague under my guidance and control. I really enjoy the project management aspect of each job and working directly with the client. It is my goal to ultimately help others through the teaching of this specialized trade. I envision the creation of a specialized school or various speaking/ hands-on programs that will allow others to advance their skill sets. In addition, I would like to write more and perform dedicated research to advance this industry specialty.

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