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Lights on Downtown Buildings

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I've noticed over the past few weeks that it seems there is more prominant lighting on the Wachovia Building at night, I guess to rival the BB&T Building.

But, my question is this...

Because of the shape of the BB&T Building, would anyone else agree with me that is needs to be lit up in mulitple colors? Wouldn't suggest it all the time, but it would be nice to see it lit similar to the way the Empire State Building is....Using the white lights like it is now on most ocasions...but on American History Holidays have it lit in Red/White/Blue. At Christmas time, instead of the building being lit in solid green...add some red lights to it as well. And so on. I personally think it would look pretty good on the nighttime skyline...however that's just my personal opinion, just wondered if anyone else would agree with me.

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Yes, that would be great. My inlaws live in Winston Salem and there is a building downtown (can't remember the name) that is similar in desgin and has different colors for different holdiays. It really adds to their skyline when coming down U.S. 52 or Bus. 40.

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I believe the building that you're thinking of in Winston is the Reynolds building...Last time I was in Winston, it was lit Red, White, and Blue.

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I would love for Two Hannover to be lit up differently on occasions. I'm not sure why they don't do it (besides of course the green they do for the holidays). I cant imagine that obtaining various different colored gels would be terribly expensive. The effect would be dramatic and I think would drive a little bit of interest and pride to downtown, just by something relatively simple.

If I remember correctly, around 2000, the setbacks on BB&T were lit up alternating green and red. Anyone else remember that?

Redman- As far as the lightning on Wachovia goes, I haven't noticed that it has increased. (EDIT - Indeed the upper setbacks are illuminated) Currently there are flood lights that illuminate the facades, but only subtly. I think that issue with making it more prominent is that the majority of exterior only absorbs light and doesn't reflect it. Once we get a few more holes filled, maybe they could trace the major edges of the building with dim lights (similar to a lot of the buildings in Norfolk, VA).

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I've known they've (Wachovia Building) had the flood lights for a while, they're pretty bright. Especially when you look into them from the 28th floor at night in the Cardinal Club. It has just seemed to me over the past few weeks while driving into downtown on either Hillsborough St. or Morgan St. that it has seemed brighter and more of the building shows up. I could be completely wrong and much more attentive than before, but thats just the way it appeared.

I wish I knew who to contact regarding the lighting colors on the Hanover-Two Building, but I've got no idea where to start. Any ideas would be great and I'll get right to it.

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Colored lights on buildings aren't always great. Anyone else remember when the CP&L building was lit the corporate CP&L colors? Turquoise and light blue. YUCK. :sick:

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True. Its always going to depend on the color choices as well as what type of building you're attempting to light.

In the case of the BB&T building, because of the layout of the building, it has the ability to be lit and look good. I like the way its lit now, in solid white through most of the year. I just wish at Christmas they would add red to the existing green theme. As well, I believe holidays such as the 4th of July, Veteran's Day, President's Day, ect. the building should take after NYC's ESB and and Winston Salem's Reynolds Building and go with a red, white, and blue theme.

I'm not saying go all out for all sorts of occasions like NYC's ESB does, because as much as I support finding a cure for Breast Cancer, I just don't think the BB&T Building would look too attractive lit up in Pink.

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RBC will be blue, supposedly. BB&T would work well with a Red/White/Blue theme, although if it were green all year round, that would look good too.

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There is/used to be a big golden "birthday card" in the lobby of the Reynolds Building in W-S from the Empire State Building, saying "Happy birthday to our little brother" or something like that. The Reynolds Building in W-S was actually used as the model for the Empire State Building.

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I'm still disappointed that they didn't lite up Two Hannover in red for the Hurricane's victory.

Also, for some reason, I think it would look good lit up in yellow or orange.

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I noticed Wachovia seemed a little brighter in my journey downtown last night then it had before. You could actually see it lit up a little from I-40. I think the spotlights are helping, plus they have lit up each corner in the "crown" of the building, I'm not sure if that is new or not...

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There is/used to be a big golden "birthday card" in the lobby of the Reynolds Building in W-S from the Empire State Building, saying "Happy birthday to our little brother" or something like that. The Reynolds Building in W-S was actually used as the model for the Empire State Building.

Yeah...same architect.

And Durham's CCB building (now Suntrust)---that was also the same architect company from what I understand, too. (Correct me if I'm wrong, anyone!)

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Anyone know what color RBC will light up its crown? I think white might just be best for it, considering the building is blue. Any ideas?

I think they should light up the Wachovia or RBC like the Cira Center in philly, I llove the idea of a grid of lights up and down the building, its almost so subtle you don't notice it, I went there, and that was by far the coolest looking building at night (and during the day for that matter).

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I think they should light up the Wachovia or RBC like the Cira Center in philly, I llove the idea of a grid of lights up and down the building, its almost so subtle you don't notice it, I went there, and that was by far the coolest looking building at night (and during the day for that matter).

That's pretty cool, and best suited for the Wachovia building since it's skin only absorbs light at night.

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I KNOW RIGHT??!?!?!?!?!?!

Although Raleigh's track record with grids of light is not so promising...

xDDDD

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Glad to see some people agree with me that the downtown skyline needs some light. If I knew where to start with contacting someone with the Two Hanover building I would...but I'm not quite sure who.

As far as the relationship between the Reynolds Building and ESB...I believe its the Wake County Offices building along Fayetteville St. If you look at it, though it its shape is a little different, it still shares some of the same architechture style as both the Reynolds Building and the Empire State Building.

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Shreve, Lambe and Harmon is the achitectural firm that designed all three buildings (Hill Building (now SunTrust), Reynolds Building and Empire State Building). The order of construction (I think) was Reynolds in the late 20's (1928 or 1929), Empire State in 1931 and what is now SunTrust in 1936.

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Anyone know why the top of the BB&T Building is not currently lit? I've noticed it over the past week and then again noticed it while watching the news on WRAL this evening. Definitely makes it appear not as tall nor as prominant.

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Anyone know why the top of the BB&T Building is not currently lit? I've noticed it over the past week and then again noticed it while watching the news on WRAL this evening. Definitely makes it appear not as tall nor as prominant.

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