We had the pleasure of working with Dettaglio Construction (DCI) on a recently completed exterior signage project for 1716 Lofts entrance signs in Walnut Creek. DCI Construction is a Walnut Creek-based construction company that truly cares about delivering excellence down to the last detail. Dettaglio is an Italian word that translates to “the art of detail” and this theme is truly seen throughout their work. This characteristic also made them a perfect fit for Sequoia Signs because we share a love for detail.
DCI approached us with a fairly tight timeline so we really had to jump into this project quickly! Our first step with DCI was to meet with the architect and lead management to understand the scope and theme of this exterior signage project. While some try to move quickly past this step, we feel it is essential that we are on the same page. This ensures that there is consistency throughout the entire project and allows us to offer options for future signage needs.
The signs at the building entrance were the highest priority; as the saying goes, “you only get one chance to make a first impression.” The plans involved an address sign on the awning and a halo-illuminated sign in the entrance lobby. Both of the signs added a degree of luxury to the project, and combined, they really set the tone that this is a great place to live.
The awning sign consists of individually formed polished exterior aluminum letters that are mounted to a base plate. Installation was tricky because the base plate needed to be welded to the awning, but the heat from this process could have potentially damaged the letters. Our solution was to assemble the sign such that the exterior letters could be removed during the welding and reattached after – this worked perfectly.
Just inside the entry is the beautiful lobby sign that required some careful planning by Sequoia Signs. It was initially mounted on a wood cladding, but the lobby design changed, and we needed to mount the sign directly to the finished cement wall. In addition to maximum penetration requirements, we also had to be careful to run the wiring in such a way that the casual observer does not see them. Because of our precision, the end product came out terrific!
We enjoyed working with DCI for their exterior and lobby signage and, in particular, appreciate their attention to every detail. The next time you are in Walnut Creek on North Main Street, look for the 1716 Lofts sign!