Best Client Design/Shop Fabrication, Illuminated, Small + Medium Shops of 2019
Absolute Sign Inc.
Los Alamitos, CA; absolutesign.com
Client: Long Beach Airport
Designers: Giselle Levy-Jacobs, Tish Scialampo (Absolute Sign), Paul Wendling (Art Models & Props Inc.)
Fabricators: Absolute Sign, Art Models & Props
Installer: Absolute Sign
Fabrication Equipment/Tools: Computerized Cutters Accu-Cut router, industrial waterjet machine, welder, various hand tools
Installation Equipment/Tools: Two Skyhoist 57-ft. cranes
Materials/Components: Epoxy fiberglass shapes pulled from sculpted molds, .025 aluminum skin, 7,000 pan head screws to replicate rivets, stainless steel wing struts, halo-illuminated channel letters on backer panels with GE PowerMax white LEDs and GE 24V power supplies. Matthews Paint and primer.
Software: Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD
Other Components/Tools: Two 36 in. x 9-ft. footings with rebar cages, 12 1.125 x 42-in. anchor bolts
The original concept – to create a “wing-like” structure for the entrance monument – evolved into a Douglas DC-3 wing, with the skin of the upper and lower sections fabricated of riveted aluminum, to honor this airport where most of these aircraft were built for service in World War II.
Dixie Signs Inc.
Lakeland, FL; dixiesignsinc.com
Client: Lakeland Regional Health – Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women & Children
Designer: KMA Design (Carnegie, PA)
Fabricator: Dixie Signs Inc.
Installer: Dixie Signs Inc.
Fabrication Equipment/Tools: Breakform machine routers
Installation Equipment/Tools: 200-ton crawler crane
Materials/Components: .125 aluminum, .063 returns, Matthews Paints, Principal LED Heavyweight LEDs, Plaskolite Tuffak LD with perforated custom printed vinyl overlay
Software: Adobe Creative Suite
Fabrication and installation of reverse channel letters with white recessed LEDs were prefabricated into precast concrete panels. Styrofoam molds were provided to the manufacturer of the precast. The building name reads as incised letters during the day highlighted by sunlight and shadows, while illuminating bright white at night.
Sign Effectz Inc.
Client: Yunker Industries
Designers: Adrian Esguerra (Sign Effectz Inc.), Yunker Industries
Fabricators: Marcus Wickman, Roger Bubner, Zach Dlugi, Terry Gest
Installer: Yunker Industries
Fabrication Equipment/Tools: CNC router, paint booth, welding equipment
Materials/Components: Aluminum, airline cable, stock paint cans, Edison LED bulbs
Yunker Industries created an in-store chandelier concept and channel letter signage for its customer, Urban Hardware. The look they sought was a unique, custom branded piece that sets them apart from their retail competitors that would evoke retro-elegance and ruggedness.
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