Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. (GCS) announced that effective September 14, 2010 it has acquired Images Graphics Specialties (IGS). This transaction will double GCS’ market presence throughout United States by fast tracking penetration into high-end ADA and custom interior sign markets. Plans call for all manufacturing operations to be consolidated in Sarasota, FL. within two months. Read full release.
Custom CNC cut aluminum plate was utilized to produce the identity components for GTG, a technologies-driven, research-based private holding group exclusively focused on the orthopedic and musculoskeletal device sector. The aluminum components were hand brushed in stages to a very fine horizontal grain finish that was coated with a low VOC satin sheen clear coat that both accentuates the grain and protects the finish. The finishd logo elements were pin mounted with smooth stand off studs to the stairwell landing wall to serve as a directory element to assist thier invited clients to thier office.
The brand is reinforced by a second identity element in the lobby that again utilized custom CNC cut aluminum plate with the corporate logo excised from the material. After applying the same meticulous finish the reverse side perimeter of the plate and logo were surrounded by low profile LED modules. The sinished piece mounted with a custom designed stand off system now exhibits a soft halo of light surrounding the piece while allowing the logo to remain the focal point.
LED super graphics transition from the exterior of this building to the interior wall within the entry foyer creating a can’t miss visual statement for this Super center in Waller, Texas.
In order to create a dramatic element at their Waller, Texas showroom and warehouse and to create visual interest utilizing the wall space bridging the showroom signs and supercenter signs Rooms To Go chose to create a series of simple easily recognizable furniture icons to enhance their building. Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota fabricated these aluminum channel elements and utilized LED lighting modules to illuminate the translucent plastic faces of these icons which will be featured on a number of Supercenters throughout the country.
For the Joint Central Command Center building at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida Gulf Coast Signs was challenged with creating floor to ceiling double pane tempered glass panels and custom fabricated framing to create wall and elevator bay murals on four floors where a 3 dimensional etched glass look was envisioned.
About the Central Command Center Project
Clark Construction, LLC, the largest privately owned construction company in United States subcontracted the sign package to Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc., for the state of the art Joint Intelligence Central Command Center building at the US Central Command, located at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL. The most challenging aspect of this sign package was etched glass mural structures illuminated from below with fiber optics lighting. It was determined that the architects’ concept at a small scale would produce excellent visual effects; however these full size structures some as high as 10 feet would not convey the dimensional effect that the architect visualized. Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. accepted the challenge to work with this type of material. A concept was developed to utilize two-layered tempered glass and frosted high performance vinyl applied with a slight offset to achieve the 3-dimensional look. Small scale prototypes were created and submitted for evaluation and approval by Clark Construction, LLC, the Army Corps of Engineers and ultimately the commanding General at MacDill AFB.
Once secured, Gulf Coast Signs moved forward with the fabrication of custom mounting channels, and multi plane decorated tempered glass panels to create a spectacular one of a kind elevator surround and wall mural system for this facility
Multiple pieces, multiple shapes and multiple finishes were combined to create the receptionist wall logo for this International real estate company.
Cityscapes Realty, a high end international realty group with offices in Sarasota, Costa Rica and Panama approached Gulf Coast Signs of Sarasota, Inc. to develop a unique floating multi-dimensional city logo to display in their reception lobby. Individual components were cut from expanded PVC sheet and finished. The skyline buildings and individual bridge components were then assembled with concealed spacer elements to bring the completed logo a 3 dimensional presentation.
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.