The new U.S. Army Reserve Readiness and Training Center is located in Windsor, Colorado just a few miles from Connecting Signs. Last spring the construction was completed on the facility that will be used for a base for part-time soldiers’ once-a-month drills and two-week-long annual training. The sign company that was hired to create the indoor and outdoor signs for the building is located in Pelham, Georgia. Installing the signs was not an option for the Georgia sign company because of the distance. When they called us to see if we would be interested in doing the install, we accepted because it gives us more installation experience for indoor and outdoor signs and gets our name out there – more exposure!
Even though we are just doing the installation part of the project, it is still a lot of coordination and work to get on board of a complex project like this one for the US Army.
Involvement and project management included coordination with the general contractor, the sign company that produced all the signs, and finally the end customer – Army core of engineers. The interior signs for the building were mostly ADA. Read about the Americans with Disability Act. When ADA signs are used for the interior of a building, not only are they made according to the ADA standards but they must be installed following the standards. To be compliant with installation, standards must be followed for the height and location of signs.
The following interior signs were installed:
- 112 total indoor ADA sign panels
- Room signs, restroom, directional, exit, room identification, LEED
- Directory cabinet
- Rail mounted dimensional letters
The following exterior signs were installed:
- Two sets – dimensional letters
It is very important to make sure our employees are safe when installing signs inside or outside buildings and especially if we are doing work for a government agency like this one. Our employees are trained and certified by Osha – 10 which is the Occupational Safety & Health Administration 10 hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Program. It is intended to provide an entry level construction worker’s general awareness on recognizing and preventing hazards on a construction site. Our team also attended safety meetings at the site which covered specific safety concerns; mainly common sense be used.
If you’re needing installation of signs, this is another service that Connecting Signs provides. As you have read, it takes a lot of knowledge, good team work and communication because of the all the people and jobs involved. Give us a call 970-493-0133 and let’s talk about this additional service we offer – installation.
Creede, Colorado is a small town located in southwest Colorado about 315 miles from our shop in Fort Collins, Colorado. The 2015 school year began with a lot of excitement in this little town because of a new school that was all ready for the students and staff to begin learning and teaching! Connecting Signs was just as excited as the town of Creede to be able to work with The Neenan Company in Fort Collins, CO as they designed and constructed the new building. We were very proud to provide all the interior signs for the school identifying classrooms, offices, special rooms and the division of the middle and high school with the elementary side. Also, we made and installed the outdoor parking lot signs providing directions and information for the busy mornings and afternoons of a school parking lot.
There were a number of different styles:
- Our CNC router/engraver cuts the raised lettering then the excess material is removed leaving the letters and any images.
- The machine drills the holes for braille rasters (beads). With the raster braille insertion tool, we quickly and easily insert rasters on to the braille sign conforming to ADA rules.
- After the signs are routed/engraved, we assembled the signs in a layered look.
- Adding a brushed, aluminum detail trim piece to most of the signs giving them a unique look.
- The classroom and office signs had a dark wood grain piece added with a clear window allowing for information to be added or changed easily.
Double sided restroom flag sign
Distinctive indoor dimensional letters
- Brushed aluminum
- Flush mounted
Outdoor parking lot signs
- All with reflective finishes
Summer construction turns into fall learning!
Need ADA signs? Do all the laws and regulations confuse you? Take the worry out of the design and construction of your interior ADA signs and let Connecting Signs do the work. We know the sizes, spacing, height and placement of ADA signs and we have the right equipment. Call us 970-493-0133 for your project that requires ADA signage!
ADA signage is everywhere now; a very common part of our lives. Which means a lot of us don’t really give the ADA much thought. We know what it is and what it is for and that’s about it. There are 3 types of people in our society that know a lot and think about the ADA everyday: 1) the disabled, 2) business owners and 3) sign makers
The history of the ADA did not begin on July 26, 1990 at the signing ceremony at the White House. It did not begin in 1988 when the first ADA was introduced in Congress. The ADA story began a long time ago in cities and towns throughout the United States when people with disabilities began to challenge situations that excluded them from their communities. It began with the establishment of local groups to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. These groups started the independent living movement which provided services for people with disabilities to live and work in the community.
ADA is sometimes misunderstood, as some people think it is the same thing as braille signs. Signs with braille and raised characters are the most visible display of the law requiring access to the built environment, but the sign standards in the ADA Accessibility Guidelines, or ADAAG, require much more than just braille and raised characters on some ADA signs.
Almost every sign that would be considered an “architectural” sign must comply with one or another of the ADA Guidelines. In other words, if a sign identifies a permanent room or space of a facility, including exits, directs or informs about functional spaces of the facility, or identifies, directs to, or informs about accessible features of the facility, it must comply.
Because of the rules requiring Braille on some signs, the signage section is looked upon as benefiting persons who are blind and visually impaired. The guidelines also has guidelines that benefit persons with mobility impairments or hearing impairments.
Listed are areas of the ADA signs law that have requirements (dimensions, etc.); although, not describe in detail:
- All ADA signs must have non-glare backgrounds and characters.
- All ADA signs that contain visual characters must have a contrast between characters and their background.
- All ADA signs must have “easy to read” lettering.
- Directional and informational signs can use upper and lower case letters (recommended by many experts for visual readability); but I’ve also read characters should be uppercase. Use the sans serf font and do not use italic, oblique, script, or decorative type of characters.
- Character height should be 5/8 inch minimum and 2 inch maximum.
- Character spacing or kerning is required so that characters can be traced with fingers
- ADA signs that identify rooms and spaces are to be located adjacent to the door they identify so they can be located by persons who are functionally blind. For the most part, one sign is used by both tactile and visual readers, so there are compromises to assist tactile readers. However, it is possible to use two separate signs with the same information.
- Braille must accompany the characters (below the characters) and must be Contracted Braille (formerly called Grade 2 Braille). Look into the dimensions of the dot and location of the braille.
- There is a standard for mounting requirements for ADA signs. Find out more about the latest codes.
There are four symbols:
- The “wheelchair symbol” is used generally to show that persons with mobility impairments can access entrances, restrooms, or pathways.
- The “ear” symbol is the International Symbol of Access for Hearing Loss, and is used to show the availability of an assistive listening system.
- The “keyboard” symbol stands for a TTY or text telephone.
- The “phone” symbol with sound waves stands for the availability of a volume controlled phone.
Check out these articles that I think are very helpful and go into more detail:
So, why talk about all this and all the details that go along with being ADA compliant? Because you can be fined for not complying:
The U.S. Department of Justice said it will increase the maximum civil penalty to $75,000 for violations of ADA provisions requiring restaurants, movie theaters, schools and other businesses open to the public to be accessible and accommodate people with disabilities. For any subsequent offenses, the fine will jump to $150,000 from a prior cap of $110,000, federal officials said.
Here’s the good thing – just call us! We not only design, make and install signs but we understand the requirements with a lot of signage. Especially ADA. Here’s another good thing – we love making ADA signs. Our router and engraver produces beautiful signage for your indoor office, lobby and throughout your entire building. 970-493-0133
One way to get routed signs is by using a hand held router. Although, a hand held router produces beautiful signs using wood, metal and other hard materials, they can be slow. In this fast-paced world of business and competition, you need your sign or signs fast. For a sign company like Connecting Signs, we want equipment that produces fast and high quality results to meet our customers’ needs. A CNC router will do just that. These type of routers are controlled by a computer, which uploads all the design information in the machine. A CNC router typically produces consistent, high quality work – improving productivity. For production that is repeated over and over, a CNC router is the only way to go. Automation and precision are the key benefits! The same thing applies to engraved signs. Routed & Engraved signs can be made accurate, repeatable, and cost effective in considerable less time than doing by hand.
Types of signs:
- Routed out signs (indoor or outdoor)
- Engraved (creates a hand chiseled look)
- Engraved tags
- Cutout letters and graphics
- Intricate logos
- 3D letters
- Custom ADA compliant signs meeting government regulations
Complying with the ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires all commercial facilities (which include any building open to the public) to accommodate the special needs of individuals with disabilities by removing physical and communication barriers. This means that buildings such as hospitals, government buildings, public and private schools, transportation terminals, hotels, restaurants, and manufacturing facilities must meet ADA requirements in terms of signage design and installation.
There are companies familiar with the ADA and that can help your firm conform to the regulations. Keep in mind that while there are costs involved with ADA compliance, the government also provides ADA-specific tax refunds for businesses.
Materials that can be routed and engraved:
- Metal (stainless steel and aluminum)
- Sign foam
- Routing is a high speed process of cutting, trimming, and shaping wood, metal, plastic, and a variety of other materials.
- Sign engraving is the process of removing material from a substrate, leaving indentations that form letters or graphics.
We want to be your choice for all your indoor and outdoor routed or engraved signs. Give us a call and let’s team up to make sure you get the best sign for your business – Get in the “groove” with your next sign! 970-493-0133
ADA Signs, Braille regulatory signs, Indoor Business Signs all use standard symbols, pictograms, and text to mark areas specially adapted for use by disabled persons.
Make a first impression on your customers with great looking interior signs. There are many options from wood, acrylic, veneers, and much more. Interior building signs serve a very important purpose to any business and facility. When clients and customers walk into your business you want to be sure that they can easily find their way around. Not having to ask for directions, but rather be simply “pointed” in the right direction, makes visiting your business pleasant and comfortable – not to mention avoiding time wasted by your employees having to answer the same questions over and over for directions to a visitor center, or restrooms…