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. This 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. However, there is a lot of history and interesting facts about how the ADA changed modern signage. The following gives an overview of how compliant ADA signs became the standard and why they’re so important.
The history of the ADA
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.
Braille Signs & ADA
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 benefits people with mobility impairments or hearing impairments.
ADA Sign Requirements
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 an 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 II 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 ADA Symbols:
- The “wheelchair symbol” is the International Symbol of Access 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.
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:
Who Enforces ADA Requirements
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.
Your ADA Sign Experts
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. Give us a call today at 970-493-0133 or request a free estimate on your ADA signs right here!
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
What are ADA Signs?
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.
Why do you need to comply? According to the US Department of Justice website, the Americans with Disabilities Act was established for “ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation”. There are a number of features on these signs, such as raised text, raised graphics, background finish, color, and Braille, all of which help in the accessibility of your business. Placement is another aspect that needs to be taken into account.
ADA Guidelines to Know About
There are several ADA guideline documents available with simple internet searches. It’s a fact that well-designed and attractive indoor building signs and interior business signs make your company more successful. The customers visiting your building most likely won’t be consciously looking at the signage as a reflection of your business; however effective indoor directional signage will guide them to where they’re trying to get. Visitors will be able to find their way around without getting frustrated and having to ask for directions. However if you’d like, Connecting Signs will make conforming to ADA requirements a breeze – let us do the legwork! We understand the guidelines and can consult your team in design of all your interior regulatory sign panels.
As a business owner, you know that you need ADA signs to be in compliance. The team of professionals here at Connecting Signs will help you with all your indoor building signs, and we fully understand that your business can actually become more successful with the right interior regulatory ADA signs. Give us a call today at 970-493-0133 or request a quote here.
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…
Interior building signs need to clearly designate exits, restrooms, conference rooms, stairs, and other important areas in your building. This makes visiting your building more convenient, and it improves the overall safety of your customers and employees. In an emergency, clearly defined exits will make evacuating the building easier and could even save lives.
Interior signs include ADA-compliant sign panels and are a key component to any successful business. Interior signs make your place of business look professional can be customized to match the décor of your building and will enhance the overall appearance of your facility.
Contact Connecting Signs for all of your interior building signage projects – our team will partner with you, conducting site surveys, designing a custom look, and what ever else your project calls for.
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