Best Client Design/Shop Fabrication, Non-Illuminated, Large Shop of 2019
Bloomfield, CT; artfxsigns.com
Client: Aecom Tishman
Designer: MGM Murals, MGM Grand (Springfield, MA)
Fabricators: ARTfx, Michael Ulrich
Installer: Michael J. Ulrich
Fabrication Equipment/Tools: Overhead projector, paint brushes
Installation Equipment/Tools: Scissor lift, ladders
Materials/Components: Latex paint, water
Software: CorelDraw Graphics Suite X7, Gerber Scientific (various)
The MGM murals were hand painted by ARTfx’s master scenic and faux finish artist, Michael J. Ulrich. The scenic work falls under the classification of “ghost murals,” which denotes a paint-finishing style mimicking weather-worn, hand-painted building advertisements typical of the late 19th and early-to-mid 20th century.
Creative Sign Designs
Tampa, FL; creativesigndesigns.com
Selling Price: $67,000
Designers: The Elm East (Queens, NY), shop drawings by Don Butler
Fabricator: CSD Fabrication Team
Installer: CSD Installation Team
Fabrication Equipment/Tools: Edwards Manufacturing 55-ton Ironworker, MultiCam Series 3000 router, RAS TURBObend+ Brake/Folding machine, RAS PRIMEcut shear, SDS Automation SuperChannel Bender 7.0, OMAX 1530 MAXIEM waterjet, AkzoNobel Paint System
Installation Equipment/Tools: Two 75-ton cranes
Materials/Components: Architectural Trellis System with Prismatic Letters as a main entrance feature, 2 x 5-in. aluminum tube, 4 x 8-in. aluminum tube with endcaps, 2 x 8-in. aluminum tube, 6 x 12-in. aluminum tube, aluminum mounting brackets, 10 x 10-in. aluminum tube with endcaps and brackets, 8 x 8-in. aluminum tube supports with mounting plates, Gemini aluminum prismatic letters stud mounted, 1/8-in.-thick aluminum face panel with 1 x 3-in. frame with 3-in.-deep standoff sleeve spacers into concrete beams, ¾-in. HDPVC trim sections, 2-in. diameter ½-in. round sign foam caps, .125 aluminum brake formed side panels and bottom covers, ¼-in.-thick rubber pad between aluminum and concrete to prevent the aluminum from oxidizing against the concrete beam
Software: CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, SAi FlexiSignPro, SAi EnRoute, IntelliMAX, KeyedIn, Smartsheets
Creative Sign Designs worked with CRS on this project. Monterey Grand Waterside is a residential development designed with elegant living in mind. The property is a serene, lakefront setting built to complement the natural surroundings.
The design was complex in and of itself, and our internal designer had to work closely and make a lot of tweaks to make the initial design functional. A good eye for detail was required to make sure space for all the water components were occluded from view while also having free flow. There was some design-related changing midstream, too, as the copy for the prismatic letters change, requiring a larger panel to be incorporated. There also was a late addition of the end caps to help waterproof the structure.
Client: Windermere Real Estate
Designers: Dylan Neuwirth, Tim Damon, Tyler Dennison
Fabricators: Katy Schenold, John Burbridge, Danie Kaes, Karen Harvey, Will Kirtley, Milo Raltson, Jordan Durham, Rob Albus, Josh Gifford, Nick Quandt, Sean Mattison
Installers: Andre Lucero, Dylan Neuwirth, Katy Schenold, Sean Mattison, Jameson Robello, Josh Gifford, Nick Quandt, John Burbridge, Matt Silvie, Mike Spear
Fabrication Equipment/Tools: CNC router, table saw, band saw, belt sander, hand sander, hand buffer, ribbon burner, cross fire, bombarder (manifold, gas exchange, pump), hand torch, hand file, blow hose
Installation Equipment/Tools: Hand drills, ladders, transformers, epoxy
Materials/Components: Painted aluminum
Software: SOLIDWORDS, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Cloud, Cura
Founded in the Windermere neighborhood of Seattle in 1972, Windermere Real Estate is now the largest real estate company in the Pacific Northwest. For this project, we designed and fabricated a 15.5-ft.-tall aluminum lenticular sign to be mounted outside the entrance of the Eastlake office. The sign is a unique optical illusion and reads differently from every angle. “Windermere” in white text on a blue background is visible from the south side of the building, and “Real Estate” in opposite coloring can be read from the north side of the building.