When we tell people our company specializes in architectural signage, we almost always get the same response: “What is architectural signage?”
The answer, while simple in many ways, is almost as complicated as our friends and clients imagine!
Architectural signage can come in a myriad of shapes and forms. At its core, it is a wayfinding system that directs individuals, crowds, or vehicles through a given complex or structure. Ideally it will fit in well with the surrounding and provide an aesthetically pleasing effect which enhances the surrounding architecture. Architectural signage is seen on almost any big campus or office complex, but it can also be included in smaller jobs to add just the right touch of class and lift even a small project above its peers.
For developers, architectural signage is often one of the more important aspects of a project even if it is relatively low on the cost structure relative to the entire job. Signs are seen by almost everyone entering a building, campus or complex and whether or not they consciously note the signage, it is a big factor in the impressions they leave with. A great wayfinding system will fit in with the environment, meet all required codes and truthfully impress visitors to the area.
At Sequoia Signs, we believe in visual branding that goes beyond displaying your logo. This means your marketing efforts don’t stop with advertisements or a digital ad campaign. Your clients will be visiting your building and they will notice a well-planned business sign system even if it is not tied directly to you. The same goes for an elegant interior wayfinding plan. Sometimes these will involve your logo and branding, other times it is just the high-end effect that resonates with your clients.
Are you looking for help on a new wayfinding system for your building, campus or building complex? We specialize in architectural signage and we would love to help!
Give us a call for a complimentary consultation and we will help you elevate your environment.
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Whatever your business may be, it’s important to create a space in which both your employees and visitors feel welcome and safe in your office. Including visible, accessible signage not only keeps you compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, it’s also a great opportunity for you to incorporate office signs that both enhance your brand and make your space a more inclusive one, too. At Sequoia Signs, we are more than happy to work with you to create office signs that follow the requirements of the ADA and also blends seamlessly with your company’s aesthetic and unique brand.
It Will Create a Safe, Accepting Environment
Why do you need ADA compliant office signs? Well, for starters, it’s the law. Many Americans rely on wayfinding signs to navigate through the world on a daily basis. It allows them the freedom and ability to have access to buildings and businesses as safely and effortlessly as possible.
Displaying ADA signage in your office isn’t just important for legal reasons though, and the need for these signs doesn’t stop once you are indoors. The use of accessible plaques and directory signs in your reception or lobby sets the stage for visitors and employees alike to know that your office is a welcoming space where they can feel at ease.
Many Americans with disabilities will choose to work with a business or not based on how easy or difficult it can be for them to access. Using elements like braille outside restroom or office doors, or displaying information about accessible entrances will ensure that people can enter and travel through your building safely. It says that your doors are open to all and that you value all people.
Your Signs Can Match (and Even Enhance) Your Company’s Aesthetic
Office and door signs don’t have to be boring, and we believe that signs that meet ADA regulations don’t have to be boring either. Sure, there are requirements as far as readability, and the kind and color of lettering you use for wayfinding and other accommodations, but these can be incorporated into designs that perfectly match your company’s brand. If your conference room signage is creative, ADA compliant and coordinates beautifully with your logo, you’re presenting a strong, unified brand that’s also inclusive and accessible. How efficient!
We love working with your existing graphic design, and even your logo to keep your office ADA compliant while also maintaining your individual flair. With countless materials like brushed metal and engraved acrylic, and even options like backlighting, your lobby and directional postings, ADA Braille signs, nameplates, sliding and room signs can all be functional, coordinated, and attractive at the same time. ADA signage can even be incorporated into the overall design of your space with the inclusion of surrounding graphic wall decals. And we can even make desk signs to match!
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The ADA was created in 1990 to allow all people with disabilities the same access to buildings and services that come naturally to those without disabilities. Because of this, there are many regulations in place for ADA signs, which can be a lot to keep track of on your own. Braille must be hung at a certain height. Type styles used may not include serifs. Bathroom signs must be posted on a specific side of the door. The list goes on. These specifications can seem overwhelming to someone unfamiliar with the regulations. We at Sequoia Signs know these requirements, and can effortlessly and artfully implement them in your office so that you don’t have to worry about it. Contact us today to learn more!
The requirements that define ADA signage came about a direct result of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an important and groundbreaking piece of legislation signed into law in July, 1990, with enforcement of the law beginning in July, 1991. In general, the law protects the rights of disabled individuals, helping to guarantee their access to goods and public services and prohibiting discrimination in the employment and hiring processes.
Even though ADA has been around for a while, there is still some confusion among business owners regarding what the law requires. Fortunately, we’re here to help.
If you own a business or facility here in Walnut Creek or elsewhere around the USA, you should be aware that any “architectural” signage in your facility must comply with certain rules. In this case, architectural signage refers to any signs that identify a permanent room in the facility, point out facility exits, or which provide information regarding the accessible features of any part of the facility. These rules include criteria such as:
Non-glare backgrounds, images, and text to accommodate persons with vision impairments.
Dark to light or light to dark contrast between visual characters and the sign background.
Easy-to-read typefaces, particularly when used on directional and informational signs which may not use condensed or extended typefaces, heavy or light strokes, or overly small text.
Sign placement must be adjacent to the door the sign identifies.
Braille inclusion on certain signs, including restroom signage.
The use of accessibility symbols, especially the “wheelchair” icon denoting available access for those with mobility impairments.
It’s important to note that signage used only for advertising isn’t considered architectural and doesn’t need to be ADA compliant. Nor does temporary signage used for less than seven days.
Equally important to note is the fact that violating the Americans with Disabilities Act with non-compliant signage can carry heavy fines. Fines in the area of $75,000 (maximum) with additional violations running $150,000 (maximum) each. Even if lesser amounts are fined the penalties from repeated ADA violations can be crippling to a company of any size, and therefore should be avoided at all costs.
Over time these rules have been revised, with a significant updates to the current standards in 2010, known as the 2010 Standard for Accessible Design. While complex, the regulations inside the standard are actually relatively simple to comply with, provided that companies work with experienced sign makers and compliance experts such as those here at Sequoia Signs & Graphics Inc.
Our sign making experts specialize in custom ADA signs for companies of a variety of sizes spread across various industries. If you suspect that your business is not ADA compliant, or you are in the process of opening a facility or company and want to head off problems before they can occur, then our team can help. By working with you at your location we’ll guarantee that your signage is above reproach while still giving you the freedom to decide on designs that highlight your company’s identity and creative flair.
For a free quote, or to get started with our team today, give us a call at (925) 300-1066.
Our goal at Sequoia Signs is to make only the highest quality signs, with the highest quality materials, on the best equipment in the industry. Above all, impeccable customer service is our #1 priority.