With ESI Design behind the work, LED lights give a new, changeable face to the 30-year-old building

A 30-year-old skyscraper from Seattle, the Columbia Center, recently received a $4.5 million upgrade from ESI Design, a New York-based design firm. The update included new trim on the building’s exterior with LEDs that change color on a time, plus a trio of light sculptures dubbed “Sky Lights” inside.

The LED lights run around the Columbia Center on the 43rd, 61st and 76th floors, with the highest set 943 feet above street level. These change color according to the outside temperature, or the time of day by default, and can also be programmed to run a pattern based on events. For example, Columbia Center’s leadership is working with select nonprofit organizations to run the lights to match company colors during promotions.

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