Hubbell Lighting, Greenville, S.C., recently provided the interior and exterior lighting systems for the new home of the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA). Designed by the Rhode Island-based architectural firm of Robinson Green Beretta (RGB) and Boston-based Architectural Engineers, Inc (AEI), the new $34 million transit operations facility in Providence, R.I., began construction in 2008 and was completed in 2010. Intended to consolidate operations previously spread out in several buildings, the overall RIPTA design-and-build objective was to create a facility to house RIPTA operations for at least the next 80 years, said John Racine, RGB's project architect. In addition to housing administrative offices, the 140,000-sq.-ft. building provides space for total bus maintenance tasks, now to be conducted under one roof. Extensive tests of light fixtures employing metal-halide, fluorescent and LED light sources were conducted prior to final luminaire selection, according to David Walkenstein, a senior electrical engineer at AEI who developed the electrical plan including the lighting design. The tests covered life-cycle studies, distribution patterns and overall costs, he said. Eight of the Hubbell Lighting's 21 brands were chosen to illuminate the new RIPTA building.