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Lights on 8th & Main Building get upgrade after old strips fail

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The 8th & Main building in Boise, home to Zions Bank, is the state’s tallest commercial building.

In recent months, one of its signature features started to fail: the dramatic lighted fins. The light strips stopped functioning on a number of the building’s floors.

David Wali, president of Gardner Company, is working to fix the issue – and make an upgrade.

“The old light strips are being taken off and they will be a slightly larger format light bar that it will take its place,” he said. “It will be attached directly to the fin versus strapped on.”

Work crews suspended from a platform high above the ground work to replace the lighted element of the fins on the 8th and Main Building in Boise.

In recent weeks, crews worked on a suspended platform to make the change to each of the 16 fins. A large, heavy counterweight sits on the roof of the building, acting as a counter-weight for the crews.

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When the project is complete, the Boise skyline will have another multi-colored feature.

“The new lights will be LED and will be able to change color,” Wali said. “We can match the spire colors or oppose spire colors for different effects.”

Work will wrap up this month.

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