Creating the Plummer Building Christmas Tree display

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ROCHESTER, Minn. – We’re getting a look at what goes into one of the largest Christmas displays in our area.

From Thanksgiving through the end of the year, Mayo Clinic’s Historic Plummer Building is lit up in the shape of a tree. It takes 7,000 LED bulbs to create the massive display, which is 96 feet tall and 108 feet wide.

Mayo’s Head of Facilities Operations Thomas Behrens helps it all come together, and he took us inside the building to show us. About 64 panels with colored lights are strategically placed in the windows of the south side of the building.

Thomas Behrens, Facilities Operations, shows how the light panels fit into the Plummer Building windows.
Thomas Behrens, Facilities Operations, shows how the light panels fit into the Plummer Building windows.

“It was quite a process to build the panels but then once we had them built, we have little carts for them and they’re stored during the off-season and then like I say, three of the little elves go and it takes them a full day to get it all installed,” Behrens explains.

The display as you see it now has only been done since 2013, when the Heritage Day Committee decided to bring back the tradition that started back in the ’50s. Behrens says that back then, janitors would just leave the office lights on at night. Today’s display is much more energy-efficient and used LED technology.

The display will be lit each night through Jan. 3.

 

 

 

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