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Woodmen Tower adding lighted display

Posted at 8:20 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 09:20:33-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Omaha nightlife skyline is getting a new addition.

WoodmenLife is removing their signage on top of their tower. In its place is an LED display that will be prominently lit up at night.

"The building was built in 1969. It is starting to wear," said Joseph Wieland, director of WoodmenLife. "In the last few years we stared using the name WoodmenLife, and so part of the reasoning to change the name on the sign is to better identify our building."

WoodmenLife tower is the second tallest building in Downtown Omaha, standing 30 stories tall. This multi-million dollar project workers will have workers nearly 500 feet up in the air.

"I think it is a great idea," said Woody Bradford, who is excited about the new skyline. "When they light a building that size it will be seen from across the river, it will make the downtown shine, it will make that whole scene really spectacular and it should draw a lot of people downtown."

Wieland said WoodmenLife is happy to enhance Omaha.

"We're here to stay; we love Omaha and the downtown community," Wieland said. "This building is part of Omaha history and the iconic skyline, and we just want to modernize it a little bit."

On a clear night, people traveling to Omaha by air will be able to see the lighted tower almost 80 miles away.

They invite the public to follow along with them for the next 10 weeks with a time-lapse video from below and above and drone footage to catch the transformation.

Follow their website for updates.