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SunTrust building tells city's stories with its lights

Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 05:57 PM

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Editor's note: This is the sixth of seven profiles of buildings that shape the Tampa skyline, which will command worldwide attention Aug. 27-30 during the Republican National Convention.

The SunTrust Financial Centre in downtown Tampa — the towering skyscraper with the ziggurat dome — provides a colorful pulse for Tampa with its array of LED lights changing and flashing to mark holidays, support sports teams and recognize special events.

The three-tiered pyramid atop the building turned blue with a white lightning bolt for Lightning hockey victories, red and pewter when the Bucs won Super Bowl XXXVII, green and gold for USF's Bulls, even pink for breast cancer awareness.

The building is part of the Tampa skyline featured in a prominent RNC logo.

"We are excited to have been included in the Host Committee's logo. This will help put the Tampa Central Business District on the map," said the SunTrust building's leasing agent, Sharon P. Bragg, vice president of Jones Lang LaSalle Brokerage Inc.

Address: 401 E. Jackson Street, Tampa

Built: Completed in 1992

Size: 525 feet with 36 floors, 527,000 square feet

Owner: Brookdale Investors Six, L.P.

Major tenants: SunTrust Bank Tampa Bay; Hapag-Lloyd, container shippers; Ernst & Young accounting; 22squared, an ad agency.

Value: Market Value $61.07 million

Of note: Designed by architect Cooper Carry Inc., the building features a full-size sculpture of Don Quixote in a lobby that's adorned with mahogany, polished marble walls and honed marble floors. The building is rotated 45 degrees on the site.

yhammett@tampatrib.com (813) 259-7127

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