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Custom ADA Sign - Wood with Photopolymer panel

Custom ADA Signage – 4 Materials for Stunning Designs

Custom ADA signage provides our clients with endless opportunities to broadcast their branding.  Materials ranging from photopolymer, glass, wood, and metals allow us to create custom architectural signage that enhances any environment while meeting all ADA criteria.  In this article, we’ll show you how different materials provide their own set of benefits and design advantages.

 

Photopolymer ADA Signage
Custom ADA Signage - Photopolymer

Custom Photopolymer ADA Sign

Photopolymer signage is the industry standard option when considering interior ADA.  It’s easy to work with, cost effective, and allows for any design to painted or printed on the first or second surface.  This is our most common interior ADA substrate and can be found in dozens of different applications from multi-family & healthcare to education & entertainment.  We have secured a partnership with Nova Polymer to source large volumes of high-grade materials which allow us to offer our clients the best pricing available and an unlimited scope of design options with customer photopolymer ADA signage.

Most ADA photopolymer signs range from 1/8″ thick to 1/4″ thick but can be ordered in 3/8″ and 1/2″ as well.  We offer an exterior grade photopolymer which is especially designed to withstand heat and direct sunlight, perfect for outdoor applications like garden style apartment buildings and exterior stair core entries that require ADA design and fabrication.

 

Glass ADA Signage

Ad Light is proud to be one of the only glass sign providers in the Front Range and have found our clients love this option for their interior signage projects.  Glass sets itself apart from other materials with an instantly recognizable elegance stemming from crisp edges, deep textures, and brilliant colors.  Light interacts with glass in such a way that no other material can, bringing paint colors and prints to life through clarity and dimension.  Standard thickness for glass is 1/4″ when used in interior ADA signs, but can be ordered in varying dimensions and even layered.

Manufacturing glass ADA signage is a specialized process requiring skill, experience, and premium equipment to execute properly.  The staff at Ad Light has over 10 years of experience in glass manufacturing and our understanding of the process from procurement, design, blasting, and specialized painting results in the highest level of quality in the final products. Our sandblasting machine was imported directly from Italy and has been meticulously maintained to ensure our custom glass ADA signage are manufactured to our Ad Light standard and satisfy all ADA requirements.  It’s also an outstanding material to pair with aluminum and steel.  Check out some examples of glass ADA signage from our Solana Lucent Station project here.

 

Custom ADA Sign - Wood with Photopolymer panel

Direct printed logo on wood backer with Photopolymer ADA panel

Wood ADA Signage

Wood provides an excellent opportunity to tie in architectural elements in corridors, entries, and anywhere else you might want to bring some organic design to your space.  We have seen a major shift to using wood material in our custom ADA signage and have found several ways to help our client incorporate any species of wood into their sign systems.

Conventional sign standards like individually mounted characters are still used, but 3D printed raised characters and symbols are certainly the wave of the future for ADA signage.  Ad Light is proud to offer all methods of incorporating raised characters and symbols to any material (except water, and yes, we’ve tried).  See an excellent example of custom wood ADA from our COLAB project here and another great example can be found on our Instragram page here!

 

Metal ADA Signage

Metals such as aluminum, steel, brass, and bronze are great options in creating stunning designs that can pair with architectural features in any setting.  It is truly amazing how many different finishes can be achieved with metal.  For example, aluminum alone can come in brushed, polished, painted, or anodized – each option having countless variations to choose from.  The expert designers and consultants at Ad Light can help choose which of these design elements will best fit your project and how we can bring your branding to life with metal signage.  See some beautiful examples of metal signage used at Fremont Residences here!

 

 

Interior building ID sign at the Fremont Residences

The Fremont Residences

The Fremont Residences is located by the Anschutz Medical Campus to provide a luxury living experience for those who work on the campus or in the area. By collaborating with Weitz Construction and Tryba Architects, Ad Light Group was able to bring a sleek and thoughtful sign package to the building with both exterior branding and interior elements. Designed by Tryba Architects, the multiple residential entrances feature custom interior building ID signs named after flowering plants. The specific plants, including Cottonwood, Barberry, Phacelia and Yellowray were first classified by John Fremont during his mid-nineteenth century expeditions. The rest of the interior package was created with glass ADA signage, aluminum substrates and stainless-steel with various finishes.

Wayfinding kiosk along the High Line Canal in Aurora

High Line Canal

The High Line Canal Trail is a 71 mile long continuous trail which spans across 11 governmental jurisdictions in Colorado. The pedestrian trail alongside the High Line Canal allows residents to enjoy nature in an otherwise urban environment. The recreational trail is also used by more than 500,000 people annually! ArtHouse Design strategically developed and designed the wayfinding program. Ad Light Group was contracted directly by the City of Aurora to build and install signage for the trail section running through Aurora, Colorado. The scope included fabricating and installing trail signs, street signs, and a wayfinding kiosk. The posts supporting the trail signage appear as wooden beams, but are actually powder coated square aluminum tubes. By using aluminum in place of wood, the signs are more durable, weather resistant, and will be able to be used and enjoyed for all future visitors and trail users.

Vail Golf and Nordic Clubhouse monument sign with cedar wood beams

Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse

The Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse is a recreational property that offers snow sports during the winter and golf in the warmer months. The clubhouse also features a restaurant and venue for weddings. Ad Light Group was contracted directly by the Town of Vail to create exterior signage for the property. The project scope included a custom built monument sign, building identifications, and wayfinding. The monument sign was created using large wooden beams, metal accents, and a suspended aluminum panel. The exterior building signs compliment the building’s rustic exterior design with their neutral tones. The sign package was designed by Stantec.

Google Boulder Steel Vestibule Exterior

Pearl Place | Google Boulder

The first phase of construction on Google’s Boulder campus was completed in 2017. Within the same year, Saunders Construction contracted Ad Light Group to fabricate custom architectural pieces for the new campus. The project featured several monument signs, a custom vestibule, and pedestrian bridge handrails, all which were built using steel with a rusted patina finish. The colorful logo and address numbers were created from laser cut acrylic and contrasted well off of the rust coloration of the monument signs. The project designed by Tryba Architects was fabricated and installed by Ad Light Group.

Gleam Car Wash information panels

Gleam Car Wash

Gleam Car Wash is a full-service environmentally sustainable car wash located on 38th Ave in the Denver Highlands. The locally owned business reclaims almost all the water used and treats 100% of it.  The colorful branding and sign package was designed by Stantec and features custom fabricated exterior informational panels, directionals, and a 32’ twisted aluminum pylon sign. The pylon proved to be a fun challenge for the Ad Light Group team to create the full degree twist in a structural and aesthetic way. The sign package also included additional signs and graphics on the interior, adding a pop of color to the building from start to finish.

Whole Foods Cherry Creek aged and cured sign

Whole Foods Cherry Creek

One of the best and most visited departments of a Whole Foods store is the prepared food section. In order to provide visitors with a unique experience that is eye catching, as well as intentional, Whole Foods hired ArtHouse Design to create a graphics and sign package for Whole Foods Cherry Creek. The Ad Light Group team was brought in to then fabricate and install interior signs for the popular store section. The sign package scope featured colorful wall graphics, illuminated and non-illuminated lettersets, menus, and aisle panels.