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Pier 50 / Colman Dock – Phase 1

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Featured Project: Washington State Department of Transportation, Phase 1 Colman Dock Terminal; King County Water Taxi & Kitsap Fast Ferries Walk-On Passenger Terminal
Type of Project: Wayfinding and Primary Identification Signage

We secured the signage contract for the completed and reopened King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferries walk-on passenger terminal for Phase 1 of the Colman Dock renovation project in Seattle. The new facility opened on August 12, 2019 and serves commuters, travelers, and tourists pass through the terminal on their way between downtown Seattle and West Seattle, Vashon, Bremerton, Kingston, and coming next year, Southworth. This site is part of a larger plan that will reimagine Seattle’s Waterfront District in the wake of the removal of the SR-99 Alaskan Way Viaduct. 

Per the King County website: “The new Pier 50 passenger-only ferry terminal features a new covered facility with capacity for about 500 people and is a significant improvement from the previous facility, which left many passengers out in the elements while waiting. Additional features include ADA improvements, including a tactile path and tactile signs for the visually impaired, an elevator to the new pedestrian bridge that connects to the new Washington State Ferries terminal, and an ADA assistance station.

The total cost of the project is $45 million, which includes the new building and the new float for boats to dock. Approximately 80 percent of the funding came from a grant from the Federal Transit Administration.”

The main exterior pylon sign for Colman Dock's Pier 50 walk-on passenger ferry terminal features aluminum, acrylic and pan halo illuminated letters.

The bulk of the terminal signage package is comprised of directional wayfinding (both exterior and interior) along with ADA/regulatory signage required for operation. The package also includes a new pylon sign and structure at the edge of the terminal to better direct foot traffic and oversized logo identification to let passengers know they’re in the right place. 

Highlights of the signage package include:

  • Exterior Main Pylon IDThis sign is a 36 x 60” aluminum double face cabinet featuring 2” deep aluminum reverse pan halo LED illuminated letters (“50”) along with push through sign white acrylic in addition to white and black 1/4” aluminum logo sets. The pylon sign was installed for maximum visibility along Alaskan Way on wide flange steel beams supported in concrete footing and is primarily visible from the north and south.
  • Exterior ID: Logos were fabricated from .5” thick aluminum flat cut for both the King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferries. These striking ID signs are hard to miss installed on the exterior side of the walk-on ferry terminal closest to the docking area and exit for passengers leaving the vessel.
  • Overhead Direction ID: These signs were fabricated from 2” square tube frame and durable aluminum sign panel faces painted to match with white vinyl graphics applied for wayfinding throughout the terminal. All signs installed with custom square mounting plates to steel beams.
  • ADA / Regulatory Signs: Fabricated from aluminum and photopolymer with custom paint match throughout the ferry terminal.
  • Overhead Directional: The overhead directional number system signs were installed for clear and easy line management for walk-on ferry passenger loading.
  • Informational Panels: Fabricated and installed in the customer ticket kiosk area.

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Architectural, Graphic Design, installation

Liv E John

The exterior architectural panels on the Liv E John apartment building make a bold statement among a sea of modern and traditional housing in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. We skinned custom cut dibond aluminum panels with exterior grade vinyl to produce a five-story beacon of modern design. Each panel was produced in-house by our skilled installers.


ADA Code Signage, Building ID, Featured Project, installation, Interior Signs, Parking, Tenant ID Signage, Wayfinding

Liberty Bank Building

Liberty Bank Building, built on the site of the first African American-owned bank in the Pacific Northwest, provides 115 affordable homes and affordable retail space for three local minority-owned businesses in Seattle’s Central District neighborhood. The building is located at 24th & Union, and features a full range of aesthetically unique and functional architectural elements and signage.

A full interior and exterior sign package was produced for the building, ranging from ADA Code signs to building ID to large format lobby artwork. The design aesthetic for the Liberty Bank Building was a critical component for this project, including vibrant use of color and pattern that truly stands out from standard residential and commercial projects. Some of the highlights on the interior package feature multi-panel original artwork that spans the primary lobby entrance, additional metal prints featuring original artwork, and bright orange ADA-compliant code and unit signs.

The exterior work includes painted aluminum dimensional letters on both the freestanding courtyard portal and canopy on the corner of the building, nearly 175 square feet of canopy ribbon artwork with custom printed vinyl mounted to dibond panels, and cut vinyl retail tenant numbering. This project also features a deep fabricated, custom metallic painted aluminum logo blade sign that delivers a creative and unique corner element to the building. 

Our team provided onsite installation of all elements as well as custom fabrication support for the full sign package. This diverse and creative project was a highlight of the new year and integrates with a range of other artistic elements that combine to make this a building like no other in Seattle.



Featured Project, Services, Vinyl, Wall Graphics, Wayfinding

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.


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.


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.


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.

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