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Old June 6th, 2017, 11:21 PM   #1
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DOWNTOWN TAMPA | Park Tower Renovation



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Park Tower building in downtown Tampa to be upgraded
Justine GriffinJustine Griffin, Times Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 12:14pm

Formerly known as the Lykes Building at 400 N. Tampa St., the 36-story building will undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation which is expected to be completed by early 2018, according to a press release...

...Soon the public will notice changes in the 475,000-square-foot building's facade. Park Tower will be painted a lighter color, a new entrance will be constructed and it will feature a "light box" that will illuminate the office tower against Tampa's Riverfront skyline. Building amenities will also be upgraded, including a renovation of the lobby. Other renovations include adding a cafe to the lobby, a 6th floor "chill zone" tenant lounge, a new fitness center and yoga room with spin bikes, new shared tenant conference rooms and an updated parking garage.
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http://www.tampabay.com/news/busines...graded/2326310
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Old June 6th, 2017, 11:30 PM   #2
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Wow, this looks pretty good in the render.
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Old June 6th, 2017, 11:32 PM   #3
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The rendering is so heavily distorted in coloring and shape it's tough to determine what the final product will look like.
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Old June 7th, 2017, 12:17 AM   #4
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I work in the Rivergate Tower and my office looks East, so the Park Tower dominates my view. I get pretty tired of looking at the faded brown facade... Glad to hear the tower is getting some love.
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Old June 7th, 2017, 03:16 PM   #5
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one of the ugliest towers in DT in my opinion. So this is a welcomed changed. From the rendering... which really you cant make out much, it looks like it will be a nice update. Im wondering what the extent of exterior changes will come out to.
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Old November 8th, 2017, 05:48 PM   #6
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Exterior painting started today. Given that they just started, only a tiny section is in progress... But it's a really bright white that they've chosen.
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Old November 8th, 2017, 10:07 PM   #7
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It's going to look so much better painted white it's going to look like a new brand new building in my opinion.
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Old November 9th, 2017, 05:06 PM   #8
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Just saw that today. Not sure if that’s the primer or the final color, but in any event the lighter color will be a huge improvement.
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Old November 9th, 2017, 05:57 PM   #9
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It could be the primer, good point. I wonder if they're considering altering the windows at all. I feel like the brown-tinted windows won't look great with the new lighter paint.
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Old November 9th, 2017, 07:08 PM   #10
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I am mixed on this. Yes, I agree building was ugly but it was the color of the original siding. NOT paint, or am I wrong?

White paint can look horrible in a few months... Does it flake off? Mildew, Mold?

How often will they clean or repaint the building? I agree the old brown is ugly. Thoughts on this?

FF is right, windows?
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Old November 9th, 2017, 08:22 PM   #11
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Maybe I am alone on this, but I don't find this building ugly at all. For its time, it was well thought out. It did not use cheap materials and I like how the base cover corresponds to the top "cap". I also like that the building has retail on the ground floor and thus is not an isolated "just office" building.
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Maybe I am alone on this, but I don't find this building ugly at all. For its time, it was well thought out. It did not use cheap materials and I like how the base cover corresponds to the top "cap". I also like that the building has retail on the ground floor and thus is not an isolated "just office" building.
I like it, frankly I always have. I also agree that the base retail is a nice addition to keeping it relevant to the surrounding area.
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It took a while to grow on me but I like it as well. I even like the current color as it provides contrast to the surrounding Bank of America and Rivergate towers. I'm afraid the light color they are going with will wash the three together.
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I agree with the last three posts. I'm a bit weary of the product, but too late. Usually, either maintain the classic look, or go for a radical retrofit (new glazing etc). The middle road is often the worst choice. Let's hope for the best.
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I spend most of my week right across the street from Park Tower and I have to say, it (like most things) looks better from afar. When you get up close the tower looks really tired. The paneling is faded and worn and the glass always looks streaky. Painting might not be the best solution but I think it will help.
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I spend most of my week right across the street from Park Tower and I have to say, it (like most things) looks better from afar. When you get up close the tower looks really tired. The paneling is faded and worn and the glass always looks streaky. Painting might not be the best solution but I think it will help.
Yeah, it is in definite need of a good cleaning/redo....but I think it would have been nicer to just keep the design and color scheme while updating it a bit. But hey, movement is nice and it keeps the area relevant and the building in companies radar to see that it has been updated.
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I was thinking primer and as far as paint, wonder if its some sort of exterior product more similar to an epoxy or glaze they have in mind?

Paint doesn't seem like it would be worth the labor to put it on with a life of maybe 5 years before it fades or even peels.
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Hey can anybody take a pic of what they've done so far they've been working on this for about 3or 4 weeks now I'm sure there's some painting on the exterior gets a going. Thank you if you can do that for me

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Hey can anybody take a pic of what they've done so far they've been working on this for about 3or 4 weeks now I'm sure there's some painting on the exterior gets a going. Thank you if you can do that for me
Drove by yesterday, looks like they are doing an off white stripe down the middle facing Ashley. Didn’t have time to snap a pic.
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Ty. I appreciate
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