Giving Back: Tables For Tots – Boho Edition

Last week, we joined our community in a fundraiser that raised $65,555 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. The 9th annual Boho Bash Tables for Tots event is a unique opportunity for local architectural and design firms to use their skillsets to design fun play spaces for kids. Participants are given an unfinished, child-sized table and two chairs, and asked to design an “adventure” for children to experience at the table. Later, the table and chair sets are sold, and all proceeds raised are given directly to the Ronald McDonald House.

SDLA sponsored our friends at Carrier Johnson + Culture, as they turned their table and chairs into a boho balloon! This hot air balloon was created with a wood frame, 2-inch nylon webbing woven for the basket, and a ball suspended over a metal frame. The kids had a blast planning their next hot air balloon adventure… and our team took home third place in the freestyle category!

Igroup and Swinerton Builders took first place in the freestyle category with the Boho Bunker, a ride that inspires musical and artistic creativity on the go. In second place, RNT Architects created Kaleidaway, a magical space illuminated by a kaleidoscope of lights.

In addition to selling all the tables and chairs, the night included a silent auction of prizes ranging from a weekend getaway to family portrait sessions and even a romantic hot air balloon ride. All the proceeds from the event help provide meals, lodging, and emotional support to families with children being treated for serious conditions at our local hospitals.

Our team members Maronee Rodenberger and Shawna Nunez had a great time attending the event with their kids (check out their awesome pictures above) and be sure to check out the different ways you can get involved with our local Ronald McDonald House here!

Meet The Team: Chelsea Mitchell

This month’s Meet the Team is with a baby giraffe. Just kidding, it’s with Chelsea Mitchell, a project manager for our team, who we like to call a baby giraffe for her awkwardness during softball. But that’s another story for another day. All jokes aside, Chelsea works day in and day out for our customers. For 10 years, she’s been a valuable member of the SDLA team, beginning her career with us part-time while in college… and never looking back! 

 Q: How did you get started in the lighting industry? 

 A: During college, my dad was the principal and co-owner of SDLA. And a part-time receptionist position was available for the company, so I took it! Through that job, I got a taste of the day-to-day work at SDLA, and really began to love the people and the work. A project manager position then opened up, so I applied for that. Though it was never part of the plan, I ended up loving every aspect of it. 

Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job? 

 A: Honestly, there’s nothing better than driving through the city and being able to point out different projects that we made possible. It makes you feel like you are part of San Diego, bringing pieces of your work to everyday life.  

 Q: What do you like about the culture at SDLA? 

 A: I love that everyone at SDLA is friends both inside and outside of work. We do a lot together like happy hours and softball leagues…and sometimes we end up hanging out on the weekends without really planning it. In my opinion, it’s always a good sign when you want to hang out with your coworkers after work! Not only is it fun to organize events outside the office, but it also makes the work we do inside the office more enjoyable. 

Q: What is the best part about your job? 

 A: Every day is different. Although my position is very email-based and a lot of the daily work is similar, different problems arise with a variety of our valued customers. Assuring people I know on a personal level that we’re going to solve whatever problems they’re facing, and then solving those problems, is really rewarding.

Friday Night Lights: SDLA In The Sports Lighting Game

Summer is winding down, and Fall is almost here. And even though San Diego is known for only having two seasons, Fall is characterized by more than just the weather in our city – back to school time, pumpkin spice everything, and maybe most importantly… It’s football season.

And while you’ve probably never thought about it before, those Friday night lights wouldn’t be the same without the lights. Luckily, we know a thing or two about sports lighting. Whether it’s field lighting or wayfinding – like lighting parking lots, concession areas, and walkways – we can take a look at your facility and provide recommendations on energy efficient lighting technologies and controls. Game-on.

For example, we represent SpecGrade LED for all our customer’s stadium lighting needs. For more than 25 years, SpecGrade LED has provided state of the art lighting systems for sporting fields of all shapes and sizes. They are sports enthusiasts who understand the sports they light and how they are played. We love these products because they go further than just lighting a field. Their products are engineered like no other sports lighting product on the market to ensure reliability and optimal performance! In fact, we have a fun demonstration to show you how – just ask to see our “coffee pot demo!”  From the small field in the local community to the high school stadium all the way to the pro sports venues, SDLA and SpecGrade LED have you covered!

Ready to score a touchdown? Contact us so we can chat about lighting your next stadium project, no matter the size/scale!