Bright Lights, Better City: Building a Landmark in Under 2 Minutes [TIMELAPSE VIDEO]

Watch crews work through rain and sun to disassemble an aging tower and build a landmark communications tower capable of lighting up the skyline.

When making plans to decommission a 41-year-old water tower that was also serving as a telecommunications site, the City of Eagan, Minnesota, wanted more than the standard monopole commonly used for telecommunications towers.

  When the City was talking about the project with us, they said, ‘We want something that communicates the essence of Eagan.’
Dan Zienty, SEH project manager

After demolition of the previous water tower, they designed a 178-foot, stealth communications tower — complete with a programmable lighting system — in its place. The new tower features 112 LED fixtures and six flood luminaires capable of changing color. The tower lighting schemes can be preprogrammed or controlled remotely to provide unlimited variation: red on Valentine’s Day, green on St. Patrick’s Day.

This project was awarded the 2017-2018 E. Crone Knoy Award from The Society for Professional Coatings. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in commercial coatings work.

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“We’re excited about it just as much as the City. I hope everybody is as proud of what we put together,” says Dan.

About the Expert

Dan Zienty

Dan Zienty is an SEH telecommunications infrastructure professional dedicated to sensible telecommunications development. Contact Dan

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