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Hanging Signs Isn’t Always a Straightforward Task
You’d think a parking garage would be a fairly cut and dry project, with color-coded signs for each level, arrows to direct traffic flow, ADA signage, elevator occupancy signs, and indications pointing out stairwells, right?
Well, like the posted 5 mph speed limit, not so fast.
A lot more planning and coordination goes into designing, manufacturing, and installing signs for a parking deck than it first appears. Metro began work on the Hamilton Canal Innovation District Parking Structure in collaboration with general contractor Shawmut Design and Construction of Boston, MA. In addition to providing signage for the brand new parking structure, future plans for this project include creating and installing signs for the office building yet to come.
Collaboration and Coordination: Critical Project Components
A Functional AND Attractive Sign Project
Whenever a client requests a sign that’s a little different from the norm, the Metro Sign team gets excited. We love a good challenge!
Workers Credit Union, in Littleton, MA, needed interior and exterior signs for its new headquarters and office. We partnered with general contractor Nauset Construction Corporation to create the signage package, which included a unique canopy sign.
Behind the Scenes at the Majestic 7 Cinema
Lights! Camera! Action!
In 2019, the family-owned and operated Majestic Cinemas began a major build-out at the Arsenal Yards shopping center. It included an exciting signage package to draw the attention of prospective visitors to the new movie theater.
The signs complement this eclectic...
Financial Institutions Benefit from Effective Signage
Well-designed signage allows companies — including financial institutions like banks and credit unions — to increase brand awareness and build trust among their customers. Static and dynamic signage can become powerful communications tools that help to:
- Build your brand and create a presence on the street
How to Create ADA Compliant Signs
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has laid out clear rules for designing signage that enables persons with sensory disability to read and understand them correctly. ADA compliant signs in public spaces must include a pictogram, tactile text, Braille, or a combination of these to ensure that people with disability can navigate the area easily and safely.
Inclusivity matters. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 has become one of the most comprehensive civil rights laws that guarantees the rights of people with disabilities and protects them from discrimintation. In 2020, the ADA updated its standards for accessible design to include signage rules and requirements.
Signage companies like Metro follow this guidance for all our ADA signs. Best practices include designing signs with a high contrast ratio and non-glare finish. Easily read serif or sans serif fonts, braille, and symbols are all important elements of ADA signage, too.
Read the full article at: www.accessibility.com
Where is my car? Examining wayfinding behavior in a parking lot
Shopping malls are one of the most ubiquitous spaces of modern capitalist cities. It is calculated that in the United States alone, more than 2,000 shopping malls exist, accounting for nearly 75% of all non-automotive sales in this country.
You’d think that navigating a parking lot doesn’t require an advanced degree, right? And yet many parking areas — whether lots, decks, or garages — lack clearly legible signs, have few entrances to help people orient, and generally complicate a driver’s ability to navigate.
A study of a parking lot owned by one of the latest shopping malls in Santiago, Chile, mapped and analyzed the trajectories of about 500 people. The study concluded that despite their apparent simplicity, parking lots aren’t uncomplicated after all. These complex settings require users to — consciously or not — adopt different strategies to reach their destinations. Having a good signage package in place definitely helps to lower frustration — and endlessly circling drivers.
Read the full article at: www.scielo.br
Using Design-Build Contracts
A design-build contract is defined by a single point of contact and can offer time savings and other efficiencies, but it comes with potential drawbacks.
Design-build contracting has grown in popularity over the past 10+ years. Design-build concepts can include variations like turnkey, bridging, and design-build-warranty.
Companies like Metro who use a design-build process benefit their customers because the owner works with a single source. Using a design-build approach can save time, preserve budgets, and avoid project cost overruns. These contracts also facilitate partnerships among everyone working on a project.
We’re also happy to assume design-build duties later in the process, when our clients have already developed their overall branding and begun to develop conceptual signage ideas. We work our own magic to finesse concepts so that they meet the brand standards demanded by the signage program.
5 Ways Digital Signs Improve the Customer Experience at Bank Branches
Video displays can make financial institutions more attractive and approachable.
More financial institutions have embraced digital signage as they recognize its effectiveness in communicating messages and enhancing their customers’ experiences. Not only can digital signage make a strong visual impact when people walk by and as soon as customers walk through the front door, it can:
- Highlight financial services via video walls
- Deliver focused, targeted messages via ATM screens
- Display real time information
- Offer a collective resource via a digital community board
- Create a welcoming environment via signage posted in lobbies
- Engage those outside — including potential customers — with front-of-building signage
A Solar Solution for Manzo Freeman
In early spring of 2020, Manzo Freeman Development (MFD) — a privately-owned commercial real estate firm — reached out to Metro Sign and Awning with an idea for a new signage project.
Metro had previously designed and installed a curved canopy for
Partnering with a Design-Build Signage Company Protects Budgets and Timelines
When you’re faced with a mammoth project that spans three years and involves many stakeholders, collaboration and communication are critical keys to a successful outcome. Equally as complex as the UMass Boston signage project, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Kendall Square project has required a massive...