Our client was in a waiting period on an updated signage package. They had recently spent the past 8 months repositioning the main entrance and amenities throughout the property.
They are in a beautiful 75 unit apartment complex located just blocks from the beach in Southern California. The competition surrounding them was tough, they were all properties that had up to date amenities and appeared to have been built “many years” after them.
The client had inked a contract with a highly professional environmental architecture firm and were waiting on a signage package for this property among others.
They didn’t want to spend much money knowing that they are going to get all new signage throughout the property at a later date.
The client reached out to DWJ Print (dba DWJ Electric Sign) and said…
“We need property signage at the front entrance that is just to be just temporary signage. We do not want to put holes in our brand new wall. What are our options? Oh, and the owners will be walking the property in a week, how soon can you get it up?”
We discussed a vinyl banner to hang over the stucco wall, but the client ultimately decided to go away from that idea. We all agreed that it would not reflect the brand of the property nor tell the story of how beautiful the new amenities now are. The team also felt that the vinyl banner would not reflect the hard work the staff had put into the remodel.
We were off, we have worked with this client for several years, so we knew what information they wanted, needed and the correct font style they need. We proposed a ½” Black Acrylic laser cut letters mounted directly to the stucco wall. We would easily be able to get the ½” Black Acrylic material to stick to their timeline. As well, we could easily cut the acrylic on the laser machine in a matter of a day.
We provided the client a quote and proof. They quickly signed off on the project for approval and we got to work.
Before we move forward on cutting materials or begin sign fabrication, we create a paper pattern exactly to size. We print the pattern on 60# uncoated sheet using a Mimaki 72 in Large Format Printer Eco Solvent Outdoor Wide Printing Plotte. We then take it to the job site and are sure to tape it up to the exact location we will install the sign. It gives the client a great chance to look exactly what will go up and how it will fit.
The community manager came out and gave us the thumbs up.
Back at the shop we began cutting. And cutting and cutting. Until finally the acrylic was cut and ready for installation.
From that point, the DWJ team of technicians got back to the apartment complex and went to work on the installation.
Today the sign looks beautiful and is a welcome home for all the residents and their new home.