Best Electric Monument Signs of 2014

These gateway signs create luminous branding
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FIRST PLACE
Fabricators
Duane Day
Tom Ohlinger
Apache Gettle
Steve Regrut
L+H Signs
Reading, PA
(610) 898-9600
www.lhsigns.com
Designer
Scott Long
Installers
Joe Kaisen
John Scott
Greg Geho
Client
BPG Development
BPG Development acquired One Meridian at Spring Ridge in 2004, and currently oversees its four-story office building and surrounding, 636-acre complex. After Long designed the sign system with CorelDRAW X5 and SolidWorks 3-D software, the shop team shaped the metal and plastic faces on a MultiCam 3000 CNC router, direct-printed the plastic components on its Dilli Neo combination-ink printer with UV inks, and decorated metal parts in a paint booth with Matthews acrylic-polyurethane paint. They formed the support structure with TIG welding and a brake press. L+H situated the apparatus into place with a Wilkie crane truck.
SECOND PLACE
Fabricator
DeNyse Companies
Douglasville, GA
(770) 942-0688
www.denyseco.com
Designer
Mike Butler
Client
Cortland Partners
DeNyse Cos. has become another monument-sign category fixture. Apartment-complex entry signs represent a significant part of the company’s portfolio. Although metro Atlanta’s growth has slowed from its breakneck pace of the 1980s and ‘90s, it continually expands, as does demand for such signage. The shop’s design team fashioned the sign using a combination of CorelDRAW®, ArtCam 3-D modeling and FlexiSign® 8.5 software. Fabricators formed the ¼-in.-thick, acrylic letters on its MultiCam 3000 CNC router and built the curved-aluminum panels on its Baleigh sheet roller. They decorated the letters with Akzo Nobel Grip-Gard paint. Installers configured Agilight LEDs within the letters, and secured them to the wall with aluminum rod and epoxy and embedded Hilti anchors. They dug footings for the separate backdrop by hand.

THIRD PLACE
Fabricators
John Stayton
John Chamerberlin
Heath Nimmo
Pinnacle Sign Group
Springfield, MO
(417) 869-6468
www.pinnaclesigngroup.com
Designer
Darren Pearce
Installers
Ryan Bell
Brennan Gahn
Client
Bobby Allison
Springfield, MO’s Miracle League baseball field provides a place for handicapped and special-needs children to experience the thrill of playing the game. Pinnacle’s designers enhanced the furnished logo using CorelDRAW X5 software to make it more dimensional. Because the sign sits 50 ft. off the road, it needed sufficient contrast to be legible from a distance.
To fabricate the 14-ft.-tall sign’s cabinet, Pinnacle shaped 5052 aluminum-alloy sheet, which is corrosion-resistant and easily welded because its magnesium content lowers its melting point, on its AXYZ Automation 5010 CNC router. Fabricators made second-surface copy with push-through acrylic, which they overlaid with 3M translucent cut vinyl. To allow enough illumination to project out from the cabinet, Pinnacle installed a layer of polycarbonate around the cabinet’s sides. They joined the cabinet to 6061 aluminum-alloy tubing with a Miller Electric Mfg. Co. 220 MIG-welding system. To illuminate the sign, Pinnacle used JT LED RGB color-changing modules.
To build the ball, the shop inflated a yoga ball to its maximum capacity and encased it within fiberglass resin. To construct the bat, Pinnacle welded a steel core and shaped the bat from routed and rolled aluminum. They finished it by sheathing it within fiberglass resin. The shop airbrushed the ball and bat’s decorations by hand.