Best Client Design/Shop Fabrication, Illuminated, Large Shop of 2019
Lawrence, KS; starsignsllc.com
Client: City of North Kansas City, MO
Selling Price: $145,000
Designer: Confluence (Kansas City, MO), PJ Novick, principal
Fabricators: Star Signs, Gieske Custom Metal Fabricators (Kansas City, MO), Vince Gish
Installers: Star Signs, Mega Industries (Kansas City, MO; general contractor), Brad Boyles
Fabrication Equipment/Tools: CNC router, aluminum and steel welding
Installation Equipment/Tools: Hydrocrane 65-ft. crane truck, scissor lift, concrete footings
Materials/Components: Rolled steel arches and upright steel columns (Gieske), fabricated aluminum letters and column wraps, Matthews acrylic polyurethane, Gemini cast aluminum plaques, HYDROLUME LED Strip Lights
Software: Adobe Illustrator, SAi EnRoute
Other Components/Tools: Structure required certified engineer stamp for windload and width of span across boulevard
This gateway sign is the first installation of a new wayfinding and informational signage project to be installed throughout North Kansas City, MO. Star Signs subcontracted the large rolled-steel arches and upright columns to Gieske Custom Metal Fabricators.
Mableton, GA; signalsignscorp.com
Client: Selig Enterprises
Selling Price: $95,000
Designer: Dimensional Innovation
Fabricators: Signal Signs
Installers: Signal Signs
Fabrication Equipment/Tools: Miller welders, tube benders, sanders, grinders
Installation Equipment/Tools: 85-ft. Elliott crane truck, 40-ft. Altec bucket truck, hand tools and hammer drill
Materials/Components: 1-in. diameter aluminum tubes, stainless steel mesh, aluminum channel letters with white neon
Software: CorelDRAW, Gerber Scientific router software
The Works will convert the area's low-rise brick warehouses into 600,000 sq. ft. of office space, 500,000 sq. ft. of retail, 500 residences, a 200-key boutique hotel and 13 acres of greenspace. The project will be delivered in phases over the next 10 years, and Phase 1 is already underway. The signage is 18 ft., 10 in. x 20-ft. metal framework with open-face neon channel letters that wrap around the corner of the building. Painted with Matthews Paint polyurethane.
Design Communications Ltd. (DCL)
Avon, MA; designcommunicationsltd.com
Client: Port Everglades Cruise Terminal
Designer: Studio HHH (Somerville, MA)
Fabrication Equipment/Tools: MultiCam CNC router, tin knocker, Matthews Paint System, TEKNA ProLite DeVilbiss spray gun, miter saw, jig saw, drill press, impact drivers
Installation Equipment/Tools: Three-plane laser levels, scissor lift, impact drivers
Materials/Components: Fabricated aluminum, Matthews Paint, Traxon Cove Light AC HO RGBW LED lighting, ENTTEC Storm DMX
Software: AutoCAD, Rhinoceros 3D, SAi EnRoute, ELM Software (programmed by Creosphere)
Visual Voyage is an interactive light wall that features a stylized map that circles the equator. Triggered light bars mimic the sun’s path as it travels along its axis. The wall is backlit with a controllable LED lighting system that is programmed with colorful animations that flow across the map. Passengers waiting to embark on a cruise can connect via smart phone to interact with the moving lights.
The permanent installation is located inside the Port Everglades Cruise Terminal 25, which is the homeport for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines new ship Celebrity Edge. The artwork stretches across two large sections of wall with 76 individual panels covering a length of 260 ft. with 12-ft.-tall panels and a faux painted bump-out connecting the two walls.
The light is controlled by viewers sending a text with the word EAST or WEST, causing the sun, represented by moving light, to travel through each of the 24 international time zones featured on the map. Viewers can move the sun to the end of the map and across the International Date Line. Once the sun passes this line, a “light show” of patterns and effects cross the entire installation.
The sun effect is achieved with Traxon Cove Light AC HO RGBW LED backlighting, focusing a “hot spot” of light along the sun path line, casting light up and down the wall behind the perforated panels. The backlighting comprises 24 zones of light, suggesting the time zone that delineates a section along the north-south axis of the globe. The custom CNC-routed 1/8-in., brake-formed panels are finished with Matthews Noble Metallic Gold Paint.
When the Interactive Light Wall receives no text message input, the installation goes into “dormant state” in which the light moves slowly from east to west, transitioning between each of the 24 time zones every seven seconds and crossing the entire length of the two walls within three minutes.
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