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Kim Rochester - "Lumina"

posted Apr 17, 2020, 9:58 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Apr 17, 2020, 10:05 AM ]
Some heroes still shine bright, even if they are no longer with us. A musician, engineer, and mother, Kim Rochester was truly skilled in many things. She worked as an employee and a consultant with Rodriguez for a number of years before passing away in 2018.  She was a transportation lighting engineer by day, but by night, she became an amazing force for good, Lumina. With her knowledge of light and energy, she helped design street and building lighting systems to brighten to keep roads and neighborhoods safe.  Her hometown of Philadelphia was her favorite place to apply these skills.

One day, while working on a design at her computer, there was an electrical surge that shocked Kim! She was unharmed, but was told by her supervisor to go home for the rest of the day. Kim heeded her manager’s concern and went home to rest in her bedroom for the rest of the day. When she got home to relax and walked into her bedroom, she was surprised to see that the light wouldn’t turn on. Thinking that the bulb had simply gone out, Kim went into the room to change it. When she pulled the broken bulb out of the lamp, she gasped because the bulb glowed right there in her hands! 

What could’ve caused this? Kim quickly put down the light bulb, and it stopped emitting a soft glow. She thought back to when she was shocked at work, and realized that the incident must’ve been the cause of her new power! When she got back to work, Kim realized that her knowledge of light and energy, combined with this new physical gift, gave her the ability to help power lighting infrastructure in Philadelphia and other parts of the world. She knew this was going to be a big job, so she enlisted the help of her family to keep her new powers a secret, and thus, Lumina was born! Whenever a big storm hit or there was an accident that knocked out the power, Lumina was there to help bring the power back to the families and businesses that needed it most. 
Kim Rochester was a bright light in the darkness, and demonstrated to all of us at Rodriguez that real people can be superheroes. Although Kim may no longer be with us physically, her energy and spirit lives on and that character called Lumina lives on to battle darkness in cities all over the world. She will always be our teammate, partner, mentor, and friend and we continue Kim’s mission to help rebuild the infrastructure that serves the good people of Philadelphia.


In this age of “Superheroes,” it can be easy to disregard the many heroes that we cross paths with on a daily basis, nurses, teachers, police officers, construction workers, and engineers. Civil engineers and land surveyors play a vital role in managing the infrastructure (e.g. buildings, roads, water systems, utilities) that our society needs in order to function.  We can easily take for granted the roles that engineers play in society every time we swim in the ocean or drink a glass of water. 

At Rodriguez, our engineers, surveyors, and construction inspectors play a vital role in managing the infrastructure that operates in the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding region.  We specialize in collecting data and applying specialized knowledge to make the best-informed decisions to manage infrastructure and creating sustainable communities.

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