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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
The Orchid Lady at Westfield Southgate known for providing a beautiful selection of orchids to the Sarasota market for years, is preparing to relocate to a permanent space within the mall. Having been referred to Gulf Coast Signs we designed a storefront sign incorporating elements that both the client and mall management desired. The result is a thin profile custom fabricated cabinet measuring 2½’ x 6½’ with white acrylic push through copy protruding ½” from the sign face that is illuminated from within by Principal LED’s Street Fighter wide beam True White slim modules. The 2″ deep cabinet was finished in a satin black low VOC acrylic polyurethane paint and is further enhanced by a high resolution digital image accent graphic along the top. The project was completed with two oval blade sign faces with laser cut acrylic copy that mount to the mall’s custom blade sign brackets.
The AllCare Medical Center recently opened the doors to it’s new facility in Bradenton as the anchor of the new AllCare Medical Plaza. The 18,500-square-foot two-story building was built by Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc. of Sarasota who brought us in to assist with the exterior branding. Elements created for this project include a pair of ground signs built to comply with the Riverclub Plaza design criteria and are illuminated with Principal LED Qwik Stix. These signs consist of a multi tenant sign along Ranch Lake Boulevard at the north end of the property with a single panel AllCare Medical Plaza sign at the entry drive further south. An additional pillar style sign is featured at the northwest corner of this master planned development along the eastbound SR-70 exit ramp from I-75 N. The branding was completed with two sets of raceway mounted LED illuminated channel letters on the buildings east and north elevations.
Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota has added Accu-Bend’s cutting-edge technology to our inventory of production equipment with the purchase of the Accu-Bend Model 26. Recognition as the market-leading channel letter bending machine since producing the first machine in the world to notch, flange and bend complete channel letters was an important factor considered during our extensive evaluation of all available machines on the market.
This upgrade insures that we can continue to provide our clients with the highest quality products they’ve come to expect over our 40 years in the industry at competitive prices.
Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota was pleased to put the finishing touches on the River Club Car Wash in Bradenton recently in preparation for the planned February opening. The full branding package consisted of fabricating an 11′-6″ x 24′-0″ single faced wall sign featuring LED illuminated push thru and channel letter copy, a second 2′-11″ x 6′-0″ single faced wall sign combines digitally printed graphics with LED channel letters. The building is completed with (2) two additional sets of LED channel letters. Navigating the property is assisted by (8) eight vehicle directional signs and ancillary signage for the car wash tunnel. Final touches included handicapped parking signs and additional digital graphics.
At 8:30 this morning an announcement sign went up at the site of the future River Club Car Wash. The 4′ x 8′ digitally printed sign panel features a conceptual image of the facility applied to an aluminum composite panel mounted to PVC posts illustrating what will be built by R.E. Crawford Construction for Scott Pinkus on an out-parcel at the Super Wal Mart anchored River Club Plaza on State Route 70. The Tommy Car Wash Systems facility is the second in Florida and is on track for a November opening this year and was recently the subject of a Bradenton Herald story.
Gulf Coast Signs worked closely with Scott to develop the branding package that will feature prominently on the buildings as well as the property – check back with us for more on that this fall.