When you need interior signs, there are a lot of things to consider. The type of signs, how many signs, where signs are needed, matching existing signs, using good colors, ADA compliant needs, easy to read and understand, and more reasons depending on the type of business. Colleges are a type of business where interior signs are used everywhere to direct and guide students (new and old) around huge buildings. Colleges also need interior signs to inform students and staff of upcoming events, meetings and schedules and they need the signs to be easy to update with new information. Student centers of big college universities are like little cities – they have everything from classrooms to restaurants to hair salons! More interior signs for these types of establishments are needed – just like any city.
The Lory Student Center (LSC) is the central location for students, staff, faculty, alumni and passersby at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. The construction of LSC began 56 years ago (April 9, 1960) it opened January 1962. Located between academic buildings and student housing, it was created for students to gather between classes.
Fast forward to the present, it has become one of the busiest spots on the northern Colorado campus. It’s often referred to as the “heart” of the college campus. Through the years, many improvements and additions have been made to LSC. In 2013, the university began more work; adding about 50,000 square feet and renovating another 200,000! Connecting Signs began working on the interior signs after the construction work was completed.
Given the amount of additional space added to the facility, directional signs were needed to guide the students and others through the busy halls and floors. The custom signs are made of ¼” coke bottle green acrylic with polished edges and brushed aluminum trim. They were made to match existing signs but with additional features like the insert tab to easily change information and brass locking standoffs to prevent theft. Thirty eight directional signs were installed in tile, dry wall and stone surfaces around the student center.
Thirty six hundred square feet of wall graphics, window graphics and etched/frosted window vinyl was installed. The look of wall vinyl with pictures and graphics is always appealing and makes blank white walls look awesome. With all the windows in the student center, the etched/frosted look is the way to go to not hide the great view of the Rocky Mountains! It also is good for offices to give privacy. Block out vinyl is another way to create privacy for classrooms and meeting rooms.
Channel letters, backlit channel letters, hanging signs and a backlit cabinet sign were made and installed for the book store, coffee shops, and a restaurant. A swinging sign was added to one of the cafes indicating whether it was closed or open.
The signs for LSC were not only functional; they were classy and modern looking to match the style of the building. A recognition sign system was installed that was made of frosted acrylic panels that can be moved and changed around easily. A canvas print of the school logo was printed and mounted which the school enclosed in a beautiful wood frame. Another type of sign system was fabricated in a director’s office that displayed artwork in acrylic panels suspended with stainless steel cables.
We enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to provide our services to the college! Interior signs are very functional, but they don’t have to be boring. Decorate your business with custom, creative interior signs!