Industry trade publication features Hard Rock guitar renovation

Renovated Seminole Hard Rock guitar sign

Signs of the Times, an industry trade publication have included a small feature in their April issue of a renovation undertaken last fall. The ST Update summarizes how Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. (GCS) was tasked to fully refurbish the 35-foot tall iconic Guitar Sign at the Tampa Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel. The guitar was disassembled on site, loaded on trailers and transported to the GCS facility. The sign finish was completely stripped then body work was performed prior to priming before the new custom paint finish was applied using high-end paint systems, House of Colors, Matthews MAP and Mathews HP Polyester clear coat, plus new neon, transformers and wiring. The renovated guitar was then transported and installed at the new entrance. The renovated Guitar, thanks to top notch dedicated GCS team commitment to excellence sets new quality standard worldwide. That is why customers reach out to GCS for challenging high-profile projects.

Safety is good business

Safety article in the Business ObserverThanks to the continued focus on Safety and Environmental responsibility by each and every member of the team, this summer saw Gulf Coast Signs reach another safety milestone, ten years (3650 days) of work performed without Loss Time Injury. The Business Observer, a weekly newspaper for business leaders on the Gulf Coast of Florida also took note and included an article highlighting our achievement. A safety and business communication meeting at Gulf Coast Signs every Monday serves as a platform to review safety incidents and what our team can learn from these various experiences. Safety is part of our culture and will remain so every day as we move forward to many more milestones.

Initial Greeting

The City of Sarasota recently contracted Gulf Coast Signs to produce a Welcome Sign from their Gateway Project design set.

City of Sarasota Welcome Monolith

City of Sarasota Welcome Monolith

The 10 foot tall monolith features an architectural aluminum support structure with custom fabricated clips & trim. Aluminum sheet sandwiches a perforated aluminum core and holds pin mounted laser cut acrylic copy enhanced with first surface reflective vinyl film. Matthews acrylic polyurethane paints were used for the color finishes and the entire sign was coated with a polyester clear coat for extended UV and finish protection.

Heading In a New Direction

We have recently completed the fabrication and installation of a portion of the master planned vehicle directional monuments for Benderson Development. These directional signs assist motorists in locating specific tenants, centers and office campuses that make up part of the greater University Town Center development.D1 with Landscaping (1)

The signs are all aluminum fabrication. filled and finished with an Matthews acrylic polyurethane paint presenting a seamless architectural quality appearance. Tenant panels are attached with concealed mechanical fasteners and decorated with 3M High Performance opaque vinyl graphics. Currently four signs are installed with three waiting completion of road construction projects to make their debut.

Another Milestone

This weekend marked the nine year (3285 days) milestone of work performed without Loss Time Injury at Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. (GCS). This outstanding accomplishment is the direct result of our focus on Safety and Environmental responsibility by every single member of GCS team. As the owner, I believe in providing safe work environment in which the employees can do their assigned tasks safely while providing efficient and quality service in pursuit of ultimate customer satisfaction. While we had significant challenges during the tough economic environment of the last eight years we maintained our value principles – achieving customer satisfaction through people, quality, safety and environmental responsibility – that is why we believe we are the premier full service sign company in our market.

As the proud owner I am privileged to be the leader of such a class team. On behalf of the entire GCS team, I want to thank all our customers, and our external partners helping us reach this outstanding accomplishment. When we work safely everyone wins; the employees win, the employees’ families win, our external partners win, and our customers win; ultimately the GCS team.

Let’s keep it up GCS team, I salute you!

Hidayet L. Kutat, President / CEO

A Team Design Build Solution for An International Organization

SHRINERS [1]Shriner’s International established in 1870 is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, and is well known for it’s charitable Hospitals for Children, a network of twenty-two hospitals in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The entrance to the Tampa headquarters features a statue fountain and commemorative plaza including a pair of semi-circular walls adorned with the names of those who have served as the Imperial Potentate since the societies founding inscribed in granite. It’s enduring history however lead to a problem that had to finally be addressed this year, the granite surface had been filled leaving no space for future Potentates. In need of a solution the Shriner’s reached out to a previous project partner, Nathan Carr of Willis A. Smith Construction for assistance. A plan was developed to provide a series of polished stainless steel panels etched through with the names and backed with bronze to maintain the classic feel of the plaza. Gulf Coast Signs was recruited for budgeting the project and to assist with prototype developments through the first six months and multiple revisions of the project and once approved set about bringing the final designs to fruition. To create the panels Gulf Coast Signs partnered with a stainless steel expert to have the twelve 316L Stainless Steel panels laser cut with the names and dates of all Imperial Potentates that were then chemically bonded to polyester clear coated metal background panels. These panels were then mounted with standoff hardware in pre-drilled holes with Hilti 200 adhesive. Upon completion this Spring the plaza now stands proudly honoring those who came before with room for many more to come.

Sprucing Up The Neighborhood

The Chambery subdivision of the Meadows in Sarasota dates back to the spring of 1983 where its four streets each featured sandblasted wood entry marker signs that performed well over the years.

3d Routed HDU Subdivision sign

Chambery Subdivision HDU Sign – Chantilly

It was determined by the homeowners association that the time had come to update the look of the community and armed with an assistance grant design solutions were sought from local sign companies. Gulf Coast Signs presented the design that was ultimately selected and work commenced on producing four sets of 3′-0″ x 3′-6″ x 1½” custom 3d routed HDU panels.  These panels feature a wood grain textured field with raised copy and border trim with an inset Heron graphic element. Each Heron graphic was hand painted making each entry marker unique to its neighborhood. The panels are mounted to their wood posts with concealed fasteners and are ready to identify each street for the next three decades.


Siesta Beach Grand Opening

Siesta Beach WayfinderSarasota County to celebrate the completion of the Siesta Beach improvements project with a ribbon cutting ceremony this Saturday, 2/20/16 at 9 am.

Jon F. Swift Construction was selected as Construction Manager for the 24 month project that included an upgraded and elevated concession area, modern and expanded restrooms, the relocation of several buildings and restoration of the historic pavilion as a public gathering place, improved access to and from Beach Road, an expanded and renovated parking lot and a pedestrian esplanade connecting the park from east to west.

To help the public navigate the newly transformed destination Gulf Coast Signs was brought on board to create a series of way-finding signs and banner structure poles that serve as identifying markers for the renovated parking lots along the esplanade.

The final elements provided were computer cut dimensional letters mounted to the face of the north, south and central monument signs at the borders and entries to the beach park.

We’re proud to have been a part of this project and look forward to enjoying the new amenities with our neighbors and visitors for years to come.


Ghost Eye Ranch

3d HDU post sign

3d HDU post sign

Recently completed pillar logos now welcome the owners and visitors to the Ghost Eye Ranch in east Bradenton. The project began as a request by the owners to provide a durable version of a logo sketch to mount on a gate pillar at the entrance to their property. Initially conceived as a simple flat cnc cut aluminum element painted and decorated with a high resolution digital image site visits inspired our design team to evolve the proposed brand into a more 3 dimensional product using high density urethane as the substrate and introducing texture and color to the piece echoing the textures and color found on items throughout the ranch. The result so pleased the owners that the initial single product became a matching pair of brands adorning each gate post.

Historic Times for Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota

1975… it seems like only yesterday, Sony introduces Betamax videotapes, the blockbuster film Jaws is released, Jimmy Hoffa disappears, a gallon of gas hits 44 cents but that’s just trivial information. What was really important to us that year was the fact that it was the year we came into being and we’ve been going strong ever since! Over the last forty years we’ve had the privilege to serve a great number of local, regional and national clients with their branding needs. Over the last decade Gulf Coast Signs has expanded it’s focus beyond providing the highest quality product for its clientele to embracing practices that insure environmentally responsible production and personnel safety.

To that end another milestone was reached this week as we recorded our 3000th day since our last ‘Lost Work Injury’ as span reaching back over 8 years. This is just one more example of the commitment to our company motto of …Working Safely, Producing Quality…