Gateway Bank

By combining reverse channel letters with architectural elements from the building this custom monument signs identifies Gateway Bank’s main office. An internally illuminated changeable message center with a gas spring assisted vandal cover allows for worry free advertising.

About the Gateway Bank Project

Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida was established in Sarasota, FL in early 2007. During the early stages of start up the President and CEO chose to avail himself of the expertise of the Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. team for its assistance in developing an identity standards program for all of its locations. The Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. design team once again rose to the challenge working closely with the bank’s senior leadership. The resulting identity system is comprised of channel letters, reverse channel letters, flat cut letters, pylon signs, monument signs and directional signs have been custom designed to allow a brand symmetry that functions harmoniously in any architectural environment.



The Design Centers of the Americas building logo was created to allow for a design intent pixilated effect when lit, these letters feature clear weatherproof covers and a custom paint finish simulating stainless steel.

About the DCOTA Project

When The Design Center of the Americas, (DCOTA) decided to rebrand the largest to-the-trade design campus of its kind located in Dania Beach, FL, Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc., was engaged to bring the design concept to fruition. The primary challenge was to maintain the design intent of the 42” thin stroke open face stainless steel logo letter forms and their pixilated LED illumination and to do so with a limited budget. The solution was a high end paint coating identified by the Gulf Coast Signs team that would maintain the look of stainless steel and perform in the south Florida elements but allow for aluminum to be used for fabrication. A prototype was created and delivered to the south Florida facility where the local management team and the designer inspected and recommended approval prior to forwarding the prototype to the New York City headquarters where the final approval was secured. The custom fabricated channel letter signs now grace the top floor elevation of the signature campus building.

The success of the initial project gave ownership the confidence to move forward with a second phase of the rebranding, the construction of a man made berm along the border of their property into which Gulf Coast Signs installed a custom designed and engineered support system and the installation of a 7’ set of this same style DCOTA open channel letters orientated for aerial and northbound I-95 viewing.



The Manatee County Transit Authority (MCAT) began a program to improve their image and facilities with the goal of increasing the transit system’s utilization throughout the county. One of the first steps was to update the branding of MCAT and determine the best methods to fabricate and install this initial brand identity signage at their new bus terminals in Bradenton, and Palmetto, FL. During the design and development stage MCAT leadership sought the advice and expertise of Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc., to develop a reverse channel letter concept and specifications that are now the standard for branding at all future operations facilities.

Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. enjoyed the privilege through DeLesline Construction of fabricating and installing the new brand identity signage at both facilities.


This Florida retailer utilizes large scale channel letters with clear plastic faces to allow the teal neon its maximum eye catching impact at night.