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Directory Signs

Guide with Suite and Wayfinding Signs in Vancouver WA

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Filmed in part in Oregon, The Shining is considered by many to be one of the greatest horror movies ever made. In it, there’s a scene where Jack Nicholson’s character is running through a hedge maze with an ax trying to find his victims. Instead, he ends up getting lost. Spoiler alert! Sorry, we always say that at the wrong time.

Anyway, let’s pretend that the Nicholson character is your client, the hedge maze is your multi-tenant office complex, the ax is lots of money, and you are the “victim.” Does your building have the right suite and wayfinding signs to allow your client to hunt you down and swing the ax of giving you their business? If not, it might be time to install suite and wayfinding signs in Vancouver, WA. Fortunately, Specialty Graphic Solutions is one of the region’s top suppliers of these markers.

To Customize or Not to Customize

When most of us think of suite signs, we envision standard plastic or metal plaques that just have a room number. Property managers or building owners may require you to “take a walk on the mild side.” On the other hand, if you have a cool landlord, we suggest you try custom signs to give your professional office some flair and to help with your branding efforts.

We can work our personalized magic to incorporate company logos on room signs, use custom colors to match your other marketing materials, add Braille to any signs to keep you in compliance with the ADA, clearly identify restrooms and other amenities with images and text, and create precise designs that follow the terms of your lease.

We Have the Right Materials for the Job

There are virtually endless possibilities when it comes to suite and wayfinding signs. We’ve been known to use materials like PVC, wood, aluminum, HDU, and acrylic when fabricating suite signs. The main guide we use in picking the right materials for your project is the image your organization is trying to project. For instance, if you specialize in natural products, such as hedge mazes, you might consider signs that incorporate wood or stone.

Interior Office Sign Options

Make your building more inviting with these markers:

  • Room Signs – Most facilities are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to have signs for rooms that serve a permanent purpose, like cafeterias, meeting rooms, and restrooms.
  • Wayfinding Markers – Unless your business is located in a standalone closet, your building can benefit from wayfinding signage. Directional arrows can point the way to various amenities, while directories near your entrance tell guests where all of the businesses and departments in your venue are located.
  • Suite Signs – Suite signs are a must to help visitors find their way around your building when you manage a complex with several tenants.

Don’t let your customers metaphorically freeze to death in the corridors of your facility as they search for your suite! Show them the way with suite and wayfinding signs in Vancouver, WA! For a free consultation, contact the mighty sign makers at SGS today!

Two Tier Lobby Directory Sign in Vancouver Stands Out for Markee Valuations!

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Have you ever had an appointment in a multi-tenant building that had no system for identifying each suite? Did you end up having to open every door in the building to ask, “Are you the one I’m looking for?” Conversely, is your enterprise located in a building where strangers are constantly walking in, interrupting your meetings, and asking, “Are you the one I’m looking for?”

Markee Valuations wanted to remove the possibility for this level of confusion in their facility, so they contacted Specialty Graphic Solutions for office directory signs in Vancouver, WA.

Markee Valuations and the Funky Bunch

No, Markee Valuations isn’t part of a 90s hip-hop group. They are the brainchild of Laure Markee, a business appraiser and financial damages expert. From their location on West 12th Street in downtown Vancouver, they offer a plethora of valuable services to area businesses. Basically, they help companies figure out how much they’re worth.

When an organization that does so much for the business community came to us for two-tier lobby directory signs in Vancouver, WA, we couldn’t wait to help out. This wasn’t our first time working with Markee. Last year, we refurbished a pole sign for them. This project was a bit different. Markee owns their building, but it’s kind of big for their needs, so they lease out unused space to other tenants. They needed a marker with an upscale look but that would be relatively easy to change as tenants moved in and out. We had just the solution.

How We Helped Markee

Designing the new sign was the first step. For this, Markee worked with their favorite design firm, Reed Creative. As luck would have it, they are one of our favorite design firms as well! We worked directly with Lori Reed by giving her some ideas on materials and mounting hardware so she could better visualize a design for the perfect marker for Markee Valuations.

Once we had a design that all parties were happy with, we began fabricating the sign. The two-tier system consisted of a back panel of 3/16” thick black acrylic with a brushed copper laminate metal face. The six front panels were made of 1/8” thick clear acrylic. Black brass standoff mounting hardware was utilized to set the back panel away from the wall and to set the clear panels another 1/2” off from the copper faced backer.

With this system, tenant updates will be simple. SGS just unscrews the standoff caps on each side of the panel that needs to be changed and removes the panel from the sign. Next, we remove the black cut vinyl graphics and add new vinyl lettering for the new tenant. Lastly, we pop it back into place on the sign. Easy peasy!

In the end, Markee Valuations was completely satisfied with their convenient new lobby sign.

If you’d like to class up your joint a bit, contact the mighty sign makers at SGS today for a free quote on custom lobby signs.