New Logo wall for USFSM Labs at Mote Marine

The interior phase of the new USFSM Labs at Mote Marine has been completed with the installation of the signature Logo Wall. Having completed the finishing touches on the interior build out of  the approximately 4,000 square foot project with the installation of ADA signs for two teaching labs, a preparation lab and an additional mixed-use space earlier this summer, all that remained was the Logo Wall.

Designed by Fawley Bryant Architects as a focal point for the 6′-8″ x 18′-6″ northeast wall of the mixed-use space Gulf Coast Signs this week installed Bellagard Sculpted Wall panels manufactured by the Korogard Interior Products Group that invoke a rippling water feel and serves as a backdrop for a large truncated university seal and USFSM copy. We fabricated the seal and copy by laser cutting ½” Acriglas® Metallic Bronze acrylic. The seal was completed by bonding the many pieces to a ½” clear acrylic substrate. The seal and copy were then field installed with blind 1″ standoffs through the sculpted panels with construction adhesive.

The results are a prominent floating bronze seal and copy on a shimmering wall that immediately identifies this new facility to all who enter.

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing entry sign finally a reality.

After more than a year of working with local, county and state officials a resolution was reached allowing Gold Coast Eagle Distributing to finally move forward with a sign identifying the entrance to their facility in Lakewood Ranch at the intersection of Wireless Court and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard.

The project began with an evaluation of the site to determine the optimal location and configuration needed to effectively communicate the entry drive to the public. Gulf Coast Signs proceeded with a design that addressed these needs while incorporating materials and architectural elements specifically requested by the client. The result was a three column stone and tile clad masonry wall set at a 45° viewing angle with the columns mimicking the estate markers surrounding the property and the walls reflecting the tiling & stonework of the building. The business identity is presented as reverse channel LED illuminated letters in a bronze patina finish stacked and centered on the wall. The final element is a non-illuminated HDU panel with incised copy directing deliveries to the buildings back entrance.

Once the project design was approved, Gold Coast proceeded with contracting the construction of the wall while Gulf Coast Signs resolved the final hurdle required to complete the project. The unimproved parcel of land where the sign sits is separated from the building by a dedicated preserve. It was determined that a solar power solution was the best and most economical means to bring a power source to the sign. We turned to a fellow Sarasota Chamber of Commerce member Blue Sky Solar Group to provide the solution to this portion of the project. Their panel and batteries tucked nicely between the sign walls minimizing the presence of this equipment and allowing the letters to emit their halo illumination from dusk to dawn.

Cheers to one and all involved with this project!


The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has completed construction of its new Dental Medicine facility just north of its existing Schools of Osteopathic Medicine and Pharmacy in Bradenton, Florida. The contractor, Willis Smith Construction, invited Gulf Coast Signs to provide a quote for an extensive interior sign package for the state-of-the-art 100,000 square foot facility utilizing Vista System products. After evaluating the various proposals received it was determined that Gulf Coast Signs was the most qualified vendor and was awarded the contract. As is typical with large scale construction projects, branding needs continued to evolve. In addition to the initial interior ADA compliant signs provided, proposals were accepted to provide for the full exterior branding of the property consisting of LED illuminated channel letters at the North and South building elevations, externally illuminated vehicular entry signs constructed of aluminum, blue spandrel glass, reverse pan letters and laser cut acrylic to identify student and patients parking lots and a large signature monument sign consisting of halo lit reverse pan LECOM letters and logo disks floating on a blue spandrel glass fields and laser cut acrylic letters identifying the building as the School of Dental Medicine all sitting on a custom aluminum fabricated base that mimics the building’s tilt wall panel design.

The final touches provided for the school included custom logo panels for the sponsored practice suites, custom No Smoking monoliths and interior directories for first and second floors at the patient entry using Slatz® extrusions.

Gulf Coast Signs testimonial featured by Gateway Bank

Gulf Coast Signs has been proud to have provided all of Gateway Bank’s
branding needs at their Main office and two branches. During the many
meetings prior to the banks launch it became evident to Hidayet, our
president and CEO that this was an institution that understood the need
for the return of a strong local bank here on the Suncoast focused on the
needs of both the local populace and the business community. This vision
lead Gulf Coast Signs to entrust its banking business exclusively to Gateway.

This business partnership has continued to flourish so it was with no hesitation
we accepted the opportunity to provide a testimonial recently for them to use
in their marketing efforts. (View here)

Fit 2 Run

The Vice President of Design, Planning & Brand Strategies for Fit2Run brought Gulf Coast Signs a request to develop the storefront identity elements for a new prototype store. The challenge was to bring together face lit letters without trim cap style attachments, reverse pan halo letters, a signature face lit “2” and a rectangular background element and to do so with the thinnest possible letter depth. The final challenge was to fabricate all of these elements to mount flush to and follow the storefront canopy radius three inches from its leading edge. The final elements of the storefront sign were to consist of half inch laser cut acrylic letters, tapped and studded at the top and mounted with acrylic spacers to the underside of the canopy.  Master fabricators consulted with the design team and a set of shop drawings were devised and submitted and approved. Three weeks later the sign was installed with a construction barricade in place. Two days later with construction completed, the barricade came down to reveal the well received efforts of all the tradesmen to the public.

Gulf Coast Signs was excited to be a part of this development and have continued as a partner with Fit2Run on four additional locations to date.

A Little Touch of Broadway

  Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota was pleased to be a part of the team involved in providing signature identity elements for The Florida Studio Theatre campus recently completed for the 2013 season. Working with conceptual elements created by noted Scenic Designer Jeffrey W. Dean, the design staff at Gulf Coast Sign turned his vision into working drawings used to fabricate two vertical “Theater” signs as well as two distinct marquee signs for the Court Cabaret and Gompertz theater entrances.

 The Court Cabaret Marquee measures 4’-0” x 10’-6” and projects 9’ from the building while The Gompertz Marquee measures 5’-5” x 11’-4” and projects 11’ from the building. Both feature wrapped light boxes around the perimeter, the end light boxes are tracked for changeable copy letters used to announce the productions being presented while the face features the Florida Studio Theatre name above which a push through copy that identifies the Court Cabaret and Gompertz theaters. Each marquee incorporates scroll work steel elements and incandescent globes to portray classic theatre entry marquees. Polished panels in the base of the marquees are nested in a grid work of incandescent globes to provide for a well illuminated entry area. A gutter system has been incorporated into each marquee to further provide for the comfort of the theater‘s patrons.

 The location of the theatre is achieved by two 15’ vertically oriented projecting signs with routed faces that carry the FST brand at the top and expose the central copy reading “Theater” and are accented by incandescent globes around the perimeter.

 The final identification to the campus is a set of halo illuminated reverse channel letters that designate the Hegner Theatre Wing

10Hour OSHA course completed

Gulf Coast Signs continues to champion safe practices both at our facility as well as to improve job site safety awareness at our client’s sites. To further enhance these practices our employees have just completed the OSHA 10 Hour General Safety course covering OSHA regulations and standards in 29 cfr 1926.

Topics covered in the training course began with a general overview of OSHA policies, procedures and standards as well as general industry safety and health principles and continued with a focus on understanding aisle and passageway maintenance, identification and protection of floor openings. Railing, ladder and scaffolding standards were addressed as well in the initial session that concluded with requirements for developing and maintaining an effective egress fire protection program.

The second training session began with educating Gulf Coast Signs personnel about electrical safety and OSHA Electrical Hazards standards. Training progressed to personal protective equipment (PPE) which complimented a number of policies already in place at our facility; hazard communication standards and regulations were then addressed before training concluded with OSHA fall protection standards and requirements.

We continue to promote safety awareness as one cornerstone of our business and proudly stand behind our motto of “Working Safely…Producing Quality”.

ABC presents Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota multiple awards.

On Thursday April 12, 2012 the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter again validated Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota’s outstanding company safety record by presenting us with the 2012 Safety Star award, the second consecutive award we’ve received in the specialty contractor under 150 employees category.

This award further illustrates that our motto “Working Safely… Producing Quality” is more than a clever catch phrase.

Safety Star Awards recognize ABC members for their outstanding safety programs. Such recognition is intended to bring about a greater awareness of the importance of a safe working environment within the commercial construction industry.

In addition to our safety recognition Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota were also honored with the 2012 Business of the Year award in the specialty contractor under 150 employees category. Our best business practices demonstrate to contractors, clients and the public in general our concern about our employees and the communities in which we build, and that we are prepared to exhibit this concern through our actions.

High Resolution Digital Image on Canvas

When Glenn Zakany, president of G to Z Turf Services, Inc. came by to pick up a small real estate style sign needed by one of his golf course clients he took the opportunity to tour our facilities. During the tour Gary took note of some of our digital image samples and hit upon a marketing idea. By utilizing the network of clients developed by him and his partner, two former golf course superintendents with considerable experience in the turf business Glenn felt high resolution photographs of signature golf holes reproduced on high quality printable canvas could be sold to patrons at the pro shop of the course featured.

The first hole chosen was from a course at The Forrest Country Club in Ft Myers, Florida. A 4MB high resolution image was provided that the digital production department of Gulf Coast Signs sized, ripped and printed for the client.

This service can be utilized by designers for unique images in boutique hotels and inns as well as artists to produce limited edition or artist proofs.

Mills Gilbane rebranded this year

Late in 2010 it was announced that Gilbane Inc., one of the nation’s oldest design and build companies based in Rhode Island had closed the deal to acquire the Lakewood Ranch based W.G. Mills Company which was then integrated into Gilbane’s current operations, becoming its 10th regional office and assuming the name “Mills Gilbane.”

Once all the logistical and operational elements of merging the company were completed, attention was turned to re-branding the Lakewood Ranch office.

Gulf Coast Signs was brought on board to help develop a three dimensional version of the newly designed logo and replace the existing reverse channel style identity with a similar design for the building’s facade. The solution was flush mounted non-illuminated channel letters with a twist. The corporate logo and the “Mills” copy were created as standard fabricated aluminum dimensional letters as was the letter “G” the balance of the identity was created as open style aluminum letters that were then welded to a routed aluminum rectangle giving a finished appearance of lettering excised from a solid mass.

The re-branded building has met with resounding praise from all who have seen it and mark yet another successful custom signage project executed by the Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. team this year.