For some reason the exterior lights of 500 Capitol Mall just aren’t as bright as they were advertised three years ago when it was approved to build by the city. Unless you standing right in front of the tower, the dim lights that are on it can hardly be seen and a big disappointment compared to the night rendering (shown above) making it really glow like the Wells Fargo Center on Capitol Mall. I have contacted the leasing company of the tower several times asking if the exterior lighting was going to be improve only to be told they would get back to me but never did. I was really hoping that this building would add more dramatic lighting to Capitol Mall like other new high-rises on the Mall. Unfortunately, I think this will be the best were going to see from this tower and it will join the many other high-rises downtown that have also failed to light-up as advertised like the Federal Courthouse and EPA tower on “I” Street. Aesthetics like lighting are so important now that our cities tiring to push forward a makeover of Capitol Mall from the riverfront to 9th Street, let’s hope some lighting improvements can be made in an effort to revamp the Malls future.