Thursday, October 17, 2013 , Updated 10:18 a.m., November 15, 2013
UPDATED: Bank of America Plaza’s colorful lights switch back on November 14
The argon is being replaced by LED.
DOWNTOWN DALLAS UPDATE: The lights switched back on Thursday night on the Bank of America building in downtown Dallas. Take a look:
Original story: The Bank of America Plaza has been dark since July 8, its “brash green argon stripes” (in the words of the late, great David Dillon) switched off and yanked out while the downtown tower undergoes its give-or-take $20-million renovation. That changes in one month.
According to the invite we received this morning, the 72-story building finished in 1985 will again illuminate the downtown skyline on November 14, with a relighting ceremony scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. And that’s all we know for now; a “detailed media advisory” has been promised for early next month.
This much we already know: The argon is being replaced by LED, but of course, which tenants have been told will “bring enhanced light quality, vibrancy, and color to the property to ensure that Bank of America Plaza remains downtown Dallas’ most iconic building.” And the building’s owner (Chicago-based Metropolis Investment Holdings) and leasing agent (Peleton Commercial Real Estate) wanted the lights flipped back on before the November 22, which is the deadline for every downtown redo these days (including Founders Plaza, which, we discovered yesterday, is having its dedication ceremony on November 5 at 8 a.m.).
Of course, this isn’t the first time the lights have been turned out at Bank of America Plaza; nor is it the longest dark period in its relatively brief history. In '86, a year after the building opened, the owners had to replace some 1,400 lighting tubes because they weren’t installed properly; that do-over took more than six months. Then in June of '04, storms ripped through downtown and workers had to spend more than a week repairing damage along the two miles’ worth of line lighting the building.