Seattle Exchange @ Southcenter

Featured Project: bkm / Seattle Exchange @ Southcenter
Type of Project: Standardized business park signage

Evergreen Sign Company was thrilled to work on this ambitious project in 2018 with the property owner to provide standardized signage across the entirety of the Seattle Exchange @ Southcenter business park, located in Tukwila, WA. The property owner was focused on the aesthetics, standardization and overall effectiveness of a complete exterior and interior signage overhaul. Little expense was spared when selecting materials and design elements, and our in-house design team was mindful of the City of Tukwila Subarea Plan and newest local architecture as the package developed.

Evergreen was charged with developing signage for this park through all phases of work: site surveys, design, permitting, fabrication, tenant communication, and installation, as well as ongoing maintenance. The overall package is comprised of a collection of identification signs that labels the park as a whole, labels the individual buildings contained within, and identifies the tenants individually. The park itself covers 1,796,033 square feet or 41.23 acres. It encompasses 38 buildings, and is occupied by over 300 small and medium size businesses.

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The comprehensive signage package consists of:

  • Main Monuments: Located at each of the three primary entrances to Seattle Exchange @ Southcenter. They present a dramatic and attractive entry to the park featuring blackened hot roll steel exteriors, reverse cutaways and dimensional letters. The color palette stands out in any season and commands attention along busy roadways.
  • Building ID Monuments: Located strategically through the park, these work in tandem with Building ID numbers and addresses to assist with park interior wayfinding. These feature the same basic design elements and materials as the main monuments using steel, cutaways and dimension.
  • Building ID: Each building (38 total) received updated painted PVC panels that call out the building number as well as required addresses in places where applicable.
  • Exterior/Mezzanine Tenant Signs: Typical exterior tenant signs show the suite number/address/company name and a space for branding/logos. Signs were fabricated from blackened steel plates with painted panels for changeable tenant information carrying the high-end finish of the monuments through the exterior package.
  • Mezzanine Directory: Select two story buildings use directory style signage to reduce clutter on the fascia of the building and use directional arrows where needed to show tenant location.
  • Interior Tenant Signs: All tenants with an interior entrance into their space have signs in compliance with ADA standards that incorporate suite number/address, fixed color and fonts, a space for tenant branding and raised copy with Grade II Braille.
  • Interior wall graphics: Common interior building hallways and property owner office space received full coverage color wall graphics (printed on interior matte vinyl) in a variety of patterns and color palettes.
  • Interior Signage: All common interior doors are labeled in accordance with ADA compliance standards. These doors include restrooms, electrical rooms, janitor rooms, etc.
  • Exterior Electrical Room Signs: All buildings received an Exterior Electrical Room Sign package incl. a placard sign that matches tenant signage, after hours emergency contact info, an ACM panel with reflective red background labeling the Fire Alarm Control Panels.
  • Vinyl: All rear entrance doors of ground level tenant spaces are labels with white high-performance vinyl showing the address or suite number. Additionally, all primary entrance doors to exterior suites and mezzanine entrances are labeled similarly. Affected tenants were also allowed standardized area for cut vinyl graphics.
  • Leasing Signs: Several 4’ wide x 8’ tall double-sided signs were buried into the landscaping and contact business park leasing agent contact information was included.

Following months of design, fabrication, and installation work, the end result is reflected in the photo gallery here. This comprehensive business park package displays the full range of skills of the entire Evergreen Sign Company team, with a tip of the hat to our installers, sub-contractors and project managers who worked tirelessly to hit critical deadlines and remained steadfast during the production process. Their sign industry experience and solutions-based instincts gave us great confidence in our ability to present an impressive sign package for our client.

Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center (Gonzaga University) – Spring 2019

Featured Project: Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center – Gonzaga University (Spokane)
Type of Project: Full signage package – interior and exterior

Evergreen Sign Company was selected as the sign vendor for a new state-of-the-art facility setting in motion a new era for Gonzaga’s leadership in the creative arts and the humanities. The Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center is a 58,000 square foot facility located on the campus of Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. The main auditorium configuration holds 750 people and will also feature a 150-seat flexible recital hall space, an interpretive center and learning lab for students and residents of the Spokane region. Gonzaga broke ground on the facility in Spring 2017.

We’ll be updating this project with more photos as production and installation schedules increase in the coming months.

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Highlights of the interior and exterior sign package:

  • Canopy Lettering – Main Entrance: The main entrance will feature dramatically tapered dimensional letters finished in a bronze metallic paint and flush mounted letters on the exterior soffit. The unique 48” taper appropriately adds drama and impact immediately upon entry.
  • Exterior Secondary Entry Identification/Monument: More flush mounted reverse pan channel letters will carry the color palette and shine of this non-illuminated signage through to the secondary entry exterior wall and monument sign.
  • Interior Directional/Entry ID: Primary interior directional signage will feature russet tones in laser cut acrylic letters and arrows, flush mounted to walls. Secondary directional panels will be fabricated from painted acrylic and cut vinyl lettering, flush mounted to walls.
  • Architectural/ADA Code Signage: Acrylic panels will be fabricated with Clear Grade II Braille in a variety of russet tones consistent with the overall color palette. Spacer panels will be painted and affixed to backs before flush mounting to the wall throughout the entire facility.

More about the upcoming project, set for completion in Spring 2019: https://www.gonzaga.edu/myrtle-woldson-performing-arts-center

SR 99 Tunnel Project

We were awarded the signage package as part of the overarching completion of the SR 99 Tunnel Project, opened in February 2019. The two-mile, double-decker tunnel carries a section of State Route 99 under Downtown Seattle from SoDo in the south to South Lake Union in the north. It is the largest double-deck highway tunnel of its kind in the country and features modern safety and operations systems. The total value of the project overall is estimated at $3.3B, with $1.2M designated for signage. We recognized the bid opportunity presented by Seattle Tunnel Partners as a platform designed to reach out to locally-owned signage experts who could not only handle the production capacity required, but also project manage to critical deadlines and assemble an installation crew that could work efficiently and safely to code.

The SR99 Tunnel Project signage system is large in scope and volume. We provided detailed shop drawings for a wide range of oversized stencil graphics, rigid signs, and cut vinyl; communicated with construction project managers for approvals; sourced materials for each set of signage; and set production schedules to meet aggressive installation goals. Our onsite installation crew was certified in OSHA training and safety, and supervised at all stages inside the tunnel by Company Owner Brian Sims and Production Manager/Shop Foreman Jeremy Kirchner. Our large format department worked countless hours prepping every inch of paint masking, vinyl, printed panels and hardware – all of this while continuing to produce work for our regular clients in the process.

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The full contractual signage package(s) consists of:

  • North Operations Building: Flat cut aluminum WSDOT logo and building identification lettering and cast aluminum letters finished with dark bronze anodized effect were mounted to aluminum bars installed flush to the building exterior. Additionally, we printed a 15-panel, 34.5’ vinyl full color mural and installed in the landing and stairwell wall leading down to the egress corridor.
  • South Operations Building: Flat cut aluminum WSDOT logo and building identification lettering and cast aluminum letters finished with dark bronze anodized effect were mounted to aluminum bars installed flush to the building exterior.

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Northbound / Southbound Traffic Passages (two miles inside bored tunnel):

  • Stencil Painted Graphics – Fire Zone and Exit: Primarily known now as the 7ft tall “green stick figures” or “green running men”, these stencil painted graphics included Exit location directional signage and Fire Zone identification throughout the entire length of the northbound and southbound tunnel passages. Paint mask was called out for and oversized stencils were installed at critical elevation views. Additional stencil painted graphics were commissioned for smaller black Fire/Phone identification throughout each passage as well.
  • Breakform Fire / Phone Signs: Breakformed .090 white painted aluminum Fire Pull and Standalone Phone signs (14) with vinyl graphics mounted with galvanized angle strap and break-away sign post anchors.
  • Exit / No Exit / Caution Signs: Aluminum panels with reflective sheeting was produced with either direct print graphics or cut vinyl lettering dependent on callouts. Signs were mounted with Silicone and VHB.
  • Cut Vinyl: White, red and black cut vinyl were applied to all wall and doorway points of exit and entry throughout the length of the tunnel on all levels.
  • Stairwell Signs: Black acrylic laminate signs with raised white tactile lettering were mounted according to plans to note street access locations throughout length of tunnel on all levels.

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Utilidor and Egress Passages (Mechanical, Maintenance, etc.):

  • Aluminum Panels – Exit Identification: Aluminum panel signs of varying sizes produced with printed vinyl graphics applied first surface and fastened to the walls with SST Channel Support System.

Contract work of this magnitude offers opportunities for local sign vendors like us to continue to grow and reinvest in our business. Equipment upgrades, service offerings and expansion of capabilities benefits all of our clients and is vital to staying in step with an evolving print and sign industry. The SR 99 Tunnel Project was both a great learning experience and a wonderful opportunity to showcase our strengths as professionals in a competitive Northwest sign industry.

More about the SR 99 Tunnel Project:
https://99tunnel.com or http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/