One goal of business owners and building managers is to make their spaces attractive and accessible to all customers, clients, and employees. That accessibility includes anyone with a disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), introduced in 1990, offers specific guidance on accessibility, including signage.
While regulatory, well-planned and designed ADA signs can still support business success in multiple ways by:
Signs used for marketing or advertising, company logos, brand names, or temporary purposes aren’t required to comply with ADA guidelines. However, the following types of ADA compliant signs must adhere to these ADA regulations:
Metro Sign’s ADA compliant signs improve safety and accessibility for customers, clients, and building visitors, assist with wayfinding and complement the existing decor while remaining consistent with branding.
Metro Sign ensures that all signs we design comply with ADA requirements, when necessary. We use those regulations to verify that all customers can access our signs by creating signs that:
Metro’s ADA Compliant signage portfolio offers a wide range of options to meet diverse needs and budgets.
Metro’s design team collaborated with XXS Hotels, a design and brand firm that develops and builds for hotel chains including Colwen, to create a series of ADA signs for The Row, in Somerville. We incorporated the hotel’s brand in both the amenity and room signs and used laminate wood matching in the build-out.
Metro Sign has been in business for 30+ years, and we have a depth and breadth of experience working with clients and local regulatory officials to deliver win-win solutions. We understand the nuances inherent when working with different architectural specifications or within different municipalities.
We work with our clients to define the type of signs they need and design strategies that incorporate material specifications, shapes, and details that complement the environment, branding, and budget.
We understand the rules and can recommend what you need. Your signage projects include design guidance beyond the standard ADA compliance requirements and project management to ensure on-time installation and approval from local code enforcement groups and the fire department.
To receive a certificate of occupancy, building operators must install ADA compliant wayfinding signs. Compliance includes placing signs at the appropriate height, using Braille/ tactile letters, and incorporating easy-to-read fonts and colors.
The standard minimum capital height for most signs is ⅝” and standard Braille height for all signs is ¼.” The standard minimum spacing between sign copy and Braille is ⅜”. Most buildings need the following type of ADA signs:
Metro will work with you to design signs that are both ADA compliant and still maintain your brand identity and audience, through the color palette, font choices, and more. We’ll develop a sign strategy that includes taking a survey and planning to determine the number of signs you need plus the specific code and ADA requirements. We create a placement map of each sign with a corresponding sign schedule.
Our team creates the design concepts for each unique sign and — once approved — our production team fabricates the signs, a process that takes about four to five weeks. We’ll work with a general contractor, architect, facilities supervisor, or property manager to install signs in alignment with the buildout phases; labor options include union, prevailing wage, or open shop.
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