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The competition was stiff, but Metro Sign & Awning won the job. The challenge was to design and engineer a very high-end architectural sign package for the new $68 million, state-of-the-art athletics complex at Deerfield Academy in northwestern Massachusetts. Partnering with project development giant Skanska USA-New England, our team embarked on a major upgrade to the existing facility situated on the bucolic campus. A new, three-story facility was to be added to an existing building to provide 130,000 square feet of additional space. The centerpiece of the plan was a new 20,000-square-foot structure where every sport could be played including football, field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, baseball and softball. The building would also have a jogging track, batting cages, exercise/yoga studios and a computerized golf simulator. New Hockey Arena When the school decided a new ice rink was needed as part of this project, architects responded with plans for a no-holds-barred hockey arena. Metro Sign & Awning conceived a series of photographic murals depicting the school’s surrounding hills stretched across the exit doors. The effect is not so much of leaving a hockey arena as entering the enveloping historic valley surrounding the school. Another one of our contributions to the...

The competition was stiff, but Metro Sign & Awning won the job. The challenge was to design and engineer a very high-end architectural sign package for the new $68 million, state-of-the-art athletics complex at Deerfield Academy in northwestern Massachusetts. Partnering with project development giant Skanska USA-New England, our team embarked on a major upgrade to the existing facility situated on the bucolic campus. A new, three-story facility was to be added to an existing building to provide 130,000 square feet of additional space. The centerpiece of the plan was a new 20,000-square-foot structure where every sport could be played including...

Why Working with a Comprehensive Sign Company Helps Establish Your Brand

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Your company’s signs, awnings and enclosures do much more than simply tell people where your establishment is located. When designed and displayed correctly, quality signage can instill trust in your brand, attract new customers and even provide familiar physical and conceptual landmarks for existing customers. Whether for retail, corporate, hospitality, healthcare, or education, a reputable sign company should be able to complete just one piece of your sign project or handle it all. They should also be able to finish your project on time, on budget and compliant with property and local ordinances. A Design to Support & Enhance Your...

Environmental graphics are critical to the design of the modern workplace.

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An environmental graphic design throughout an office building can transform the entire work space. Modern buildings today have to provide much more than simply a desk, computer and a cup of coffee. Incorporating environmental designs provides employees with inspiration, motivation, purpose and a way to relate to the company brand. Plus, attracting top new talent is much easier with a modern office design rather than being stuck in the past with no true image. When employees and job candidates are impressed and inspired by the graphic designs throughout their work space, they are more likely to remain motivated and appreciate the brand they work for.


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Image Craft is one of the leading producers of high quality, color popping, culture creating environmental graphics for the workplace.

4 questions to answer before buying an outdoor display | Digital Signage Today

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Buying an outdoor display to show off your business brings value and gives customers a brand to relate to. When investing in a high quality display, it's important to know exactly the quality you're getting, how to maintain it, how good it will look for years to come. Working with an established and reputable sign company will help you navigate those concerns and ensure you know exactly what you're getting in return for your investment. Once the main questions surrounding quality, maintenance, performance and budget are answered, you'll be ready to enjoy your new sign for years to come.


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Before selecting an outdoor display, you need to answer a few questions such as: How will it hold up in the sunlight? How can I handle overheating? And how will I afford it?

Delaware Valley Corporation – Case Study

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Sign of a Fitting Tribute From putting greens to Bose speaker screens, you’ve seen and touched their industrial fabrics manufactured for over 65 years to meet a myriad of consumer and commercial needs. Still, the Delaware Valley Corporation is not a household name you’re likely to hear even in passing. But now anyone passing 600 Woburn Street will surely notice the name on the new sign flanking the entrance to Dom DiMaggio Industrial Park in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.   Consolidating two manufacturing plants and moving their corporate headquarters here from Lawrence, Massachusetts, occasioned the new signage. The customer hired Metro Sign...

Hundreds of Complaints Flood In About New York Store Signs, but From Whom?

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When a sudden spike of anonymous 311 calls started coming in to report improper signs or awnings on establishments, business owners in New York began scrambling to take theirs down. Now, many areas have unrecognizable businesses due to the lack of signage. The motive of the caller or callers is unknown, but businesses aren't taking the chance of having to pay a significant fine. Metro Sign & Awning is committed to protecting your business by ensuring compliance with regards to local regulations.


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The calls to 311 started to pick up steam about a year ago. They were complaints about an arcane New York City statute requiring special permits for businesses to hang signs or awnings larger than six square feet. The caller — or callers — was clearly targeting certain commercial strips, making complaints in batches, as on Nov. 26, when calls came in reporting 25 businesses along a two-block stretch of Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The businesses did not have a license for their signs, the complaints said.

Wayfinding System for Senior Facilities

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The amount of facilities available for the elderly to live in is increasing rapidly due to the demand. An overlooked factor when designing these facilities is the appropriate usage of signs and wayfinding. Facilities have to take into consideration seniors who may be visually impaired, have Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia, are handicapped and have other conditions. Taking into consideration a person's general wellbeing is also important, and incorporating bright colors can enhance their mood and self-confidence. Each of these points have to be taken into consideration when designing new facilities for seniors. At Metro Sign and Awning, we work with our clients to create bold and unique signs for senior living facilities. This post by ASI does a nice job explaining the approach for this type of facility.


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As the Baby Boomers age, the need for facilities catering to them increases. Whether they are in good health or whether they require a certain degree of care, homes for the elderly are increasing in need and in popularity. A critical, yet often overlooked element in designing facilities for those afflicted is the signage and wayfinding in the facility.

Changing Awning Fabric Colors Can Provide Buildings a New Look at a Minimal Cost

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At Metro Sign and Awning, we understand that a company's brand reputation is largely influenced by it's overall presentation. From a physical presentation perspective, the building itself is important, as well as the company logo, but you can't forget about their signs and awnings. Awnings take a beating over time due to sun exposure and weather elements in general. And once this happens, the building as a whole may look old and worn. Simply changing the colors of your awning fabric can go a long way in enhancing a building's image, as well as providing an entryway customers feel comfortable and confident walking in to.


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The look of a business depends on more than the shape of the building it occupies or the color of the exterior paint. In fact, a business’ identity or brand is more than just a logo, product, or service; it’s about overall presentation.

Time to Refresh Your Sign? Focus on LED Retrofit

LED retro-fit, custom, less energy
The sign outside your business is the first representation of your company, and in many cases, it’s the first impression customers get of your company. Having an old and worn sign with random burned out bulbs isn’t the best way to make a good first impression. Retrofit LEDs can improve energy efficiency, reduce service and maintenance, and have a longer lifespan. If you’re ready to give your sign a fresh look, consider retrofit LEDs. These retrofit LEDs are different from regular LED light fixtures, since they can utilize existing light fixtures and sockets. Here are some of the other unique...

New Sign for Cohoes Music Hall is More Than Just a Sign

The Cohoes Music Hall is the 4th oldest operational music hall in the United States. Built in 1874, the Cohoes Music Hall is more than just a music hall to the locals. It signifies the culture and closeness of the entire community and provides a gathering place for various events. This historic music hall just received a significant upgrade to the outside of the building with the installation of an impressive sign that reflects its Victorian character, as well as its history, while adding a modern aspect. More Than Just A Sign For Cohoes Residents The new dazzling Cohoes Music...

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