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Five Green Building Trends 2018

Metro Sign & Awning's Insight
As more of our clients are working within the LEED certification requirements we find more jobs specify green materials and the experience of local suppliers.


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What green building trends do you see emerging in 2018? We asked eight experts and came up with five green building trends.

What is Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)?

Metro Sign & Awning's Insight
Supplier Relationship Management is an increasingly important aspect of project management, as well as overall company management. How do you select from a variety of qualified suppliers? We look at the specs of each project to find the best supplier for the job - but there are many variables, including, sometimes, specifications stipulated by the customer. As in so many things, we've found good communication (with suppliers, partners, and of course, the client) is the key to success.


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Metro Sign and Awning's insight: Supplier Relationship Management is an increasingly important aspect of project management, as well as overall company management. How do you select from a variety of qualified suppliers? We look at the specs of each project to find the best supplier for the job - but there are many variables, including, sometimes, specifications stipulated by the customer. As in so many things, we've found good communication (with suppliers, partners, and of course, the client) is the key to success. Article Excerpt: This definition explains the meaning of supplier relationship management (SRM), a comprehensive approach to managing...

Designing for Human Behavior: Details Contribute to Safety, Successful End Results

Metro Sign & Awning's Insight
"Provide highly visible signage at all points where occupants have a choice in direction.... Many architects follow long-standing best practices when designing commercial buildings. However, studies conducted in the wake of the 9/11 attacks revealed something disturbing: Best practices are based on computer modeling. And computer models are based on the assumption that people will behave in a logical, predictable manner in an emergency."


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This article is especially relevant as summer is the festival and concert season. But every day, all year, highly visible signage that communicates clearly is an important safety factor. This is true of both interior and exterior signage. The article also points out a critical flaw in much design work: too often, products are designed based on computer and cost models but in they can fail to take into account human behavior and real-world conditions. Computer models have improved the design process in many ways, but to achieve a successful end result - and to maximize ROI - designs must...

How Many Buildings in the World are LEED Platinum Certified?

Metro Sign & Awning's Insight
We've followed LEED and related architectural and design concepts for years, and always operated with a goal of finding the most efficient operational methods that are effective while having the lowest impact on natural and other resources. Expect to hear more from us on the subject in the coming months. In the meantime, we'd love to hear from our clients and partners, how are you working to make the most efficient use of time and materials?


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Out of the estimated 6,633 LEED Platinum buildings in existence today (and undoubtedly many more to come), we've highlighted 10 notable buildings that achieved a LEED certification.

Sign Materials Matter: When Plastic is Greener than Wood, and other Environmental Impact Issues

Plastics often get a bad rap, but many are environmentally friendly. High-density urethane (HDU) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) are prime examples. In fact, over a sign’s life cycle, some plastics are greener than wood. Because HDU and EPS suppliers know having minimal environmental impact is a competitive advantage, they manage their manufacturing processes to reduce waste. Also, many manufacturers use a high percentage of post-consumer recycled materials in their products. Financial and Environmental Benefits of HDU and other Plastic Signage Materials In addition, from a construction, financial, and environmental viewpoint, the new materials offer tremendous advantages. For example, HDU weighs less than...

Phillip Tutor: A Whopper of a sign in Anniston

Metro Sign & Awning's Insight
There’s a new Burger King going up in Golden Springs, Anniston’s over-the-mountain suburb. Everyone’s seen it. There’s a giant playground. There are trees and landscaping. The sign itself, however, makes for a Whopper of a story.


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Here's a Whopper of a sign story. In our experience, there are two key ideas to making your own signage story a shorter one. Food For Thought Communication, well-coordinated planning throughout the design review process, and compromise when needed typically results in getting the right sign, the first time. The earlier that coordinated communication begins in the design review process, the better. This is why we like to be involved in the architectural design phase of a project, so we can help prevent a situation in which a new sign needs to be reworked, or replaced, so soon after its...

South Boston Waterfront Wayfinding & ADA Signage Completed

Boston Metro Sign & Awning
Working on and around Boston's infrastructure and services is always exciting, and participating in the South Boston Waterfront Transportation Center has been very rewarding.  Recently, we completed the fabrication and installation of about 600+ wayfinding and ADA signs there. South Boston Waterfront Wayfinding and ADA Signage Project Completed Designing, fabricating and installing 600+ wayfinding and ADA signs on a tight schedule is much easier when your partners are as professional as those at Skanska Group. We salute Metro Project Manager John Durant, who did an outstanding job overseeing the work, and we can honestly say that everyone on our team went above...

Specialty Signage Offers Expanded Functionality

When signage goes above and beyond its basic “job description” and becomes an architectural element, we refer to it as functional signage, or more informally, specialty signage. Awnings, vestibules and enclosures are obvious examples, but they have some surprising benefits. For example, they can help manage heating and cooling demands, among other things. And while most developers understand how branding can be incorporated into exterior facades, when it comes to interior design we often find our team working alongside architects to bring their vision to reality by identifying specialty materials or new fabrication techniques in order to fit the sign and...

Commercial Signage is Always on the Job

Metro Sign & Awning's Insight
From Berlin to Boston, typography helps signage share the message


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Ooooh! Typography Tourism? This tour described in this article sounds like fun to us - a "busman's holiday," you might say. And while summer is a great time to vacation, signs don't take time off. A Sign's Job is Never Done At Metro, we approach each signage project with an artistic eye, and aim to create the most visually appealing signs that are, at the same time, perfectly clear in doing their job. And a sign's job is never done. Day and night, signs advertise, inform, define cities and their developments, direct traffic, and often, have other functional elements. Think...