Turning a Telecommunications Tower
Into a Community Landmark


When the City of Eagan, Minnesota, was making plans to decommission an aging water tower that was also being used a telecommunications site, they wanted more than a typical monopole to take its place.


The project team designed an innovative, 178-foot communications tower — complete with a programmable lighting system — in its place. The new tower features 112, four-foot color-changing LED fixtures and six flood luminaires. The tower lighting schemes can be preprogrammed or controlled remotely with specially developed computer programs.

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  • Six grated platforms for tenant equipment operation, expandable to seven
  • OSHA compliant platform design for technician accessibility and efficiency
  • Hot-dipped galvanized structure design to minimize maintenance
  • Incorporation of stealth concealment panels to screen tenant equipment and allow for frequency transfer
  • Tower lighting using an energy efficient Lumenpulse Lighting System
  • 112 – 4ft. RGBW (red, green, blue, white) color changing linear LED luminaires
  • 6 RGBW color changing flood luminaires
  • Static and variable illumination through DMX/RDM allows for easy commissioning of preprogrammed lighting schemes
  • LumanID software/hardware allows for direct PC networking for quick individual addressing, diagnostics, and luminaire demonstration


  • 2017-2018 E. Crone Knoy Award | The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC)

Sperry Communications Tower

Eagan, Minn.

City of Eagan


  • Telecommunications
  • Lighting Design