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It is always exciting to work on and around Boston’s infrastructure, so when the opportunity to partner with Skansa Group for the installation of wayfinding and ADA signs came about for the South Boston Waterfront Transportation Center, we grabbed it with both hands. Considering our experience in signage projects in urban centers (see Signs and the Downtown Experience) as well as our expertise in fabrication, installation, service and repair of signs, we were a natural choice for Skansa and the union’s installation team. Staying true to our reputation, we provided the best possible service and supervision to ensure the successful completion of the project that added more than 600 wayfinding and ADA signs to the South Boston Waterfront. Following is a brief review of the project brief and what we helped achieve. The Massport Project Reviewed:Project Brief and Services Provided The Massport project that included wayfinding and ADA signs to South Boston’s Waterfront aimed to achieve three things—add to Boston’s infrastructure, revitalize downtown, and add signage in public places. This placed a heavy responsibility on Metro Sign and Awning and despite all of our experience in designing, fabricating, and installing signage, we would have found it tough to successfully complete...

It is always exciting to work on and around Boston’s infrastructure, so when the opportunity to partner with Skansa Group for the installation of wayfinding and ADA signs came about for the South Boston Waterfront Transportation Center, we grabbed it with both hands. Considering our experience in signage projects in urban centers (see Signs and the Downtown Experience) as well as our expertise in fabrication, installation, service and repair of signs, we were a natural choice for Skansa and the union’s installation team. Staying true to our reputation, we provided the best possible service and supervision to ensure the successful...

Rethinking Sustainability – How Signmakers integrate Green Processes and Materials Into Projects – and Shop Operations

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Metro Sign and Awning wants to be part of the solution when it comes to protecting our environment. We feel a responsibility to educate businesses, architects, general contractors, property managers and our other partners on the need to rethink not just their ways of fabricating signage, but also how they understand and practice sustainability. We will brainstorm with our partners and clients to find appropriate and sustainable materials for any signage project. Additionally, we are constantly looking for ways to make our own practices and processes more environmentally sustainable by incorporating greener materials into signage to benefit the environment and provide our partners and their clients with a signage with longer lasting materials. If you’re looking for eco-friendly materials and signage we are ready to help.


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How to Determine the Right Sign for Your Business

What is the best way to establish a significant and differentiated presence for your business in the market, one that attracts and retains customers? A big part of it is branding. An effective marketing strategy includes branding and reflects your business’ identity and values. And one of the best ways to establish your brand’s identity is through signage, especially exterior signage. A useful way to further your marketing engagement, signage will help you to convey your business message better and reach a bigger audience. Signage can play a vital role in creating awareness about your business and brand and help...

LEDS – Retrofits continue, even as color-changing choices challenge regulations.

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At Metro Sign and Awning we know the virtues of LEDs as well as how to overcome some of the challenges like inconsistent brightness, non-uniform face lighting and weather effects. Fortunately, we keep on top of innovations that result in us being able to get our clients the correct size, color, proportion, design, materials, lighting, and mounting methods for whatever their LED signage needs may be. LED signs are awesome, but customers aren’t going to be wowed just because you have a sign. You need to make their experience relevant, engaging and meaningful. Clearly, LED signs are here to stay and Metro Sign and Awning is the best choice for brighter, more colorful signs.


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How to Right-size Your Signage Project

Signage projects, whether big or small, can involve multiple moving parts. As a business owner, the last thing you want to do is deal with a complicated and difficult signage project. By right-sizing your signage projects, you can reduce headaches and end up with a signage project that saves you time and money. Metro Sign and Awning prioritizes lean management as a method to manage your projects and make your signage experience as smooth and cost effective as possible. Metro Sign and Awning implements lean management practices because they help us achieve the four Lean goals: Improve quality Eliminate waste...

Red Bull Reenergizes a Warehouse Into Their Atlanta Workplace – Workplace Strategy and Design – architecture and design

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The sky is the limit when it comes to designing creative and innovative signage for your company. Metro Sign & Awning is committed to working with our clients to see turn your creative signage visions into a reality.


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"Signage made from a variety of materials, such as neon and grass, feature messages to encourage conversations."

Lean Supply Chain Management: What Is It and Why Should You Care?

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Lean management is something Metro Sign & Awning takes seriously. We implement the concept of Lean into our project management strategies to save our clients time and money.


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The concept of “Lean,” which is essentially a team-based approach to continuous improvement focused on eliminating non-value added activities or “waste” from the viewpoint of the customer, has been around in one form or another for many years, at least in manufacturing.

Signs and the Downtown Experience

Signs and the Downtown Experience Throughout cities and downtowns, signs play a vital role in how residents and visitors interact with the space around them. Whether it’s a directional wayfinding sign, a storefront, or a sign identifying a building, signs contribute greatly to the downtown experience, playing an important role in the brand identity of cities, retailers, and institutions. Because of this the quality of signage has greatly improved over the last decade including design innovations (many intended to improve pedestrian safety). quality materials, and architectural integrations into buildings and landscapes. At Metro Sign and Awning, we design signage to...

How Signage Can Help Revitalize Cities

City revitalization, specifically in downtown and urban areas, has an affect on the economic growth of a city, its tourism, and its community. Signage plays a major role in helping cities revitalize their downtown areas and helps capitalize on those things that  make a city, even a region - authentic and unique. Signage for revitalization and redevelopment, therefore, is ideally incorporated early in the planning process. Preservation and Rehabilitation Preserving and rehabilitating a city’s history and identity is a major part of revitalizing and redeveloping its urban areas. Both preservation and rehabilitation of municipal buildings, historical sites, and retailers can...

Sign Regulations to Encourage Creative Design

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We know how tricky it can be to meet all the requirements and regulations that signage involves - and we have seen how flexible and reasonable sign regulations make it easier to deliver creative and aesthetically pleasing signs that meet clients' needs. When that's not the case, such as when requirements or regulations are outdated or otherwise seem at odds with good design intent, business or safety, informed discussions with local officials can result in variances, compromises, and most importantly, the best and most effective signage for everyone. The earlier that a signage package is incorporated in the signage process, the faster potential problems can be identified and addressed. Many (most) regulations are valid, and good communication between principals, project managers, and municipal officials is the key to ensuring that the client gets the best signage, and that there are no last-minute surprises.


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City planners often turn to resources offered by the American Planning Association (APA) to help them learn about various zoning issues, including how to regulate signs.

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