New elevator test tower debuts futuristic light show Friday night

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — We already thought Atlanta’s new elevator test tower was cool --but now it’s about to reach a new level of awesome.

TK Elevator announced that starting Friday night, the 420-foot tower that looms over the Battery will light up from the inside out in a futuristic light show.

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The TKE tower, which is the largest elevator test tower in the country, is set to open some time in 2020. The facility will test various kinds of new elevator technology and be open to the public to tour.

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The company said that an interconnected LED atrium lighting system will flood the building with multiple 90-second motion sequences several times a day.

The animated sequences will be on display every day from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Timing will vary with the seasons.

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While most buildings are lit with outdoor flood lights, the TKE test tower will be lit from inside the all-glass facade. The lights will allow people to see inside the building and how elevators operate.

The company said the lightshow will start with two 90-second sequences but five more will be added over the next two weeks.