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Just because the crossings over US-59 were broadcasting football team colors in time for the Super Bowl last month doesn’t mean they were totally finished, Sarah Gandy from GandyÂ² Lighting Design tells Swamplot this morning. A number of readers have written in since the game to note bits and pieces of the new lighting going dark (as seen in the top shot), blinking, or appearing to be stuck on mismatched colors on occasion;Â Gandy says that per pre-game plans, there is still some hardware being installed and tuning being done, and that the contractors on the project aren’t scheduled to be totally wrapped up for aÂ few more months.
The forecast for tonight’s display — minus at least 1 bridge which’ll be getting worked on for the evening — is St. Patrick’s Day green; the bridges also spent some of the leadup to Mardi Gras last month enthusiastically flashing passing drivers with traditional bead colors:
The newly LED-equipped crossings over US-59 between Shepherd Dr. and Midtown should be getting officially flipped on around 8 pm tomorrow, after a few weeks of on-and-off testing. The 2 Gandys ofÂ GandyÂ² Lighting Design tell Swamplot that the lights will likely run from sunset to sunrise; the tentative plan in the leadup to the Super BowlÂ is for the bridges toÂ show offÂ the competitors’ team colors.Â The Patriots’ red-white-and-blue are demoed above,Â but here are some shots of what else the newÂ fixtures can do, now that all the tuning up is largely finished:
Judge Emmett’s office passes along the rendering above today, showing plans for the Astrodome’s Super Bowl vestment — namely,Â a new swathÂ of blue-green lighting around the stadium’s exterior wall.Â That proposed projected light show on the roof got shot down in the fall, along with the possibility of holding any eventsÂ in the building; Brent SchrotenboerÂ of USAtoday notes the Dome currently holds the distinction ofÂ “biggest and most famous storage facility in Texas,” however, and as such will be carrying out its related stuff-holding duties for a variety of Super Bowl lead-up events.Â
Rendering of Astrodome Super Bowl lighting: Super Bowl Host Committee
Upate, 4pm: The text has been updated to clarify the bridge’s color capabilities and include more info on current setup from the design firm.
The curvy crossings over Hwy. 59Â east of Spur 527 have been caught on cameraÂ glowing at passing drivers this week as workers test out the new colored lighting systems. Sarah Gandy of GandyÂ² Lighting Design tells Swamplot that the plan is to have all 6 bridges litÂ nightly byÂ the first week of FebruaryÂ asÂ the pre-Super Bowl hullaballoo ramps up, but that final tweaks and adjustments are still being made (as seen here).
Gandy tells Swamplot that the bridge’s color patterns are still being programmed, and that they’ll soon be capable of a full range of groovy multi-toneÂ modes like those shown in renderings previously released by the Montrose Management District (shown below):
The Montrose Management District reports that the first of its shiny new neighborhood marker signs went up over the weekend at Montrose Blvd. and Dallas St., despite theÂ recent movementÂ in the ongoing lawsuitÂ between the organization and the group of property owners petitioning to dissolveÂ it. The case, which was filed in 2012, is still open, though the judge recently filed a handful of findings and judgment documents stating thatÂ not all of the signatures that went into forming the district were valid, and that the agency mustÂ pay back the $6.5 million it’s collected since then. The district has said it has no plans to do that any time soon, and intends to keep on keepin’ on until any appeals wrap up, which could be years from now.
The signage is part of the sundryÂ prettification projects the district has planned for the neighborhood, which include redoing the colored lighting onÂ the bridges over US 59 — thanks to a funding assist from the city, TxDOT, and the Houston Galveston Area Council:
The doubleÂ hypodermic needles atopÂ the Cesar Pelli-designedÂ O’Quinn Medical Building have just gotten brightened up: a lighting designer fromÂ FUSE sends Swamplot these bare-allÂ shots of the Madonna tower’s roof following the company’s just-wrappedÂ installation of a new LED setup around the tips.Â Down below, Texas Children’s HospitalÂ announced earlier this week that it has bought the tower from Baylor-slash-St.-Luke’s, along with aÂ Baylor outpatient clinic down the street. Texas Children’sÂ told the ChronicleÂ that it isn’t planning to boot tenants until they can move into thatÂ under construction campus on Cambridge St., somewhere around 2020.
Nor does the new owner haveÂ plans to change the tower’sÂ name right away — though many of the physicians who petitioned against the building’sÂ O’Quinn christening inÂ 2005 aren’t likely to mind if they do. At the time, dozens of doctors signed a documentÂ insistingÂ that the current namesake, Houston’s own John O’Quinn (of fen-phen and breast implant lawsuit fame), “bears partial responsibility for the litigious environment in which we work,” and that it was offensive “to have money we earned — and which he took by suing us — going to name after him a medical building in which we work every day.”
The sunset shot above looks west across the Rice campus (that’s the stadium thatÂ played backdrop to JFK’sÂ go-to-the-moon speech, given 54 years agoÂ this pastÂ Monday, on the right above the octagonal base); the itty-bitty silhouette of the distant Williams Tower can be seen poking up from the horizon on the left. Here’s the tip itself, so close you can almost see the filament in the flashing bulb: