AGS http://www.agsinfo.com identify, navigate and understand environments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:56:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.12 The Franklin Institute Donor Keys http://www.agsinfo.com/new-projects/the-franklin-institute-donor-keys/ http://www.agsinfo.com/new-projects/the-franklin-institute-donor-keys/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:49:52 +0000 http://www.agsinfo.com/?p=1669 IMG_0689

The Franklin Institute is among the most historic museums in the United States in which the education and development of science occurs. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it is named after the famous American scientist Benjamin Franklin, and is the home of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial.

The Project

AGS was commissioned to manufacture and install donor recognition keys at The Franklin Institute. Located above the three thresholds leading into the Pendulum Stairs on the 2nd floor of the museum, these keys are suspended from the ceiling using a rod mechanism. The individual donor names were inserted into the stem of the keys using a slot system. The space in the three thresholds was utilized so that additional keys and names can be added when needed. The materials and colors used were reflective of the Pendulum Stairs. Along with the keys each donor was given their own plaque with a smaller version of the keys on it for their contribution to The Franklin Institute. The design and implementation of the donor program was finalized through multiple rounds of prototypes and shop drawings. The shop drawings were used to help figured out a way to best utilize the space available for the donor keys, and the mechanism that would be used to suspend them from the ceiling. The prototype gave the client a visual of not only how the keys would look, but how they would function and be placed within the three thresholds. AGS provided the client with a complete design build process which resulted in a successful donor signage program for the Franklin Institute.

Below are a few more photos of the project from production all the way to the finished product! Contact AGS for a consultation on your next project.

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The Franklin Institute is among the most historic museums in the United States in which the education and development of science occurs. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it is named after the famous American scientist Benjamin Franklin, and is the home of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. The Project AGS was commissioned to manufacture and install donor recognition keys at The Franklin Institute. Located above the three thresholds leading into the Pendulum Stairs on the 2nd floor of the museum, these keys are suspended from the ceiling using a rod mechanism. The individual donor names were inserted into the stem of the keys using a slot system. The space in the three thresholds was utilized so that additional keys and names can be added when needed. The materials and colors used were reflective of the Pendulum Stairs. Along with the keys each donor was given their own plaque with a smaller version of the keys on it for their contribution to The Franklin Institute. The design and implementation of the donor program was finalized through multiple rounds of prototypes and shop drawings. The shop drawings were used to help figured out a way to best utilize the space available for the donor keys, and the mechanism that would be used to suspend them from the ceiling. The prototype gave the client a visual of not only how the keys would look, but how they would function and be placed within the three thresholds. AGS provided the client with a complete design build process which resulted in a successful donor signage program for the Franklin Institute. Below are a few more photos of the project from production all the way to the finished product! Contact AGS for a consultation on your next project. [gallery link="file" ids="1675,1676,1673,1674,1677,1688,1678,1680,1679,1672,1687,1689"]

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Virginia Hospital Center Exterior Signage Project http://www.agsinfo.com/signage/virginia-hospital-center/ http://www.agsinfo.com/signage/virginia-hospital-center/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:58:49 +0000 http://www.agsinfo.com/?p=1653 AGS Virginia Hospital SIgn

Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) in Arlington, VA serves the local Washington, DC community as a teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art healthcare services in over 530,000 square feet of facilities.

In 2005 a new interior and exterior signage system had been installed with the addition of a new tower which connects to the existing buildings both within the hospital and underground from the parking garage. Since installation, VHC had been receiving feedback from its patients and visitors about the difficulty of navigating through the buildings.

A Problem and The Solution

AGS partnered with ex;it, a Philadelphia based EGD Firm, to evaluate current conditions, make recommendations, offer improvements to the visitor experience, and enhance the interior, exterior and parking garage sign programs.  

AGS worked closely with VHC to conduct an Experience Assessment and develop a new campus Wayfinding Master Plan. Together all parties agreed upon a Zone Methodology, dividing the campus into buildings with corresponding parking garage, entrance, lobby and elevators.

AGS has recently completed the installation of the exterior sign program, the main path of travel for the interior and is currently finishing the installation of the parking garage sign program of the project. In addition to the implementation of the sign programs, AGS provided their hospital staff with training modules to ensure that the new wayfinding sign program would be properly communicated throughout the staff.  In addition, wayfinding support tools were developed for the staff.

Below are a few of the exterior signs that have been installed. Contact AGS for a consultation on your next project.

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Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) in Arlington, VA serves the local Washington, DC community as a teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art healthcare services in over 530,000 square feet of facilities.

In 2005 a new interior and exterior signage system had been installed with the addition of a new tower which connects to the existing buildings both within the hospital and underground from the parking garage. Since installation, VHC had been receiving feedback from its patients and visitors about the difficulty of navigating through the buildings.

A Problem and The Solution

AGS partnered with ex;it, a Philadelphia based EGD Firm, to evaluate current conditions, make recommendations, offer improvements to the visitor experience, and enhance the interior, exterior and parking garage sign programs.  

AGS worked closely with VHC to conduct an Experience Assessment and develop a new campus Wayfinding Master Plan. Together all parties agreed upon a Zone Methodology, dividing the campus into buildings with corresponding parking garage, entrance, lobby and elevators.

AGS has recently completed the installation of the exterior sign program, the main path of travel for the interior and is currently finishing the installation of the parking garage sign program of the project. In addition to the implementation of the sign programs, AGS provided their hospital staff with training modules to ensure that the new wayfinding sign program would be properly communicated throughout the staff.  In addition, wayfinding support tools were developed for the staff.

Below are a few of the exterior signs that have been installed. Contact AGS for a consultation on your next project.

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New Healthcare Product: Access Alert http://www.agsinfo.com/signage/new-healthcare-product-access-alert/ http://www.agsinfo.com/signage/new-healthcare-product-access-alert/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:01:22 +0000 http://www.agsinfo.com.vhost.zerolag.com/?p=1427 Access Alert for Healthcare

AGS Introduces Access Alert, A Patient Precaution Notifier

Access Alert, the latest product from AGS, communicates critical patient precaution information to healthcare providers as they enter the patients room through a simple sliding frame and tab system.

The sign system allows medical staff to quickly identify patient precautions and needs using a variety of precautionary sliding tabs. The sign is created from a single piece of acrylic with no exposed hardware reducing dirt and lint.

Access Alert is available in the traditional 8-tab sign, or the larger 10-tab sign with a variety of icons that are easily maintained and cost effective.

The face of the sign can be customized to meet your current signage, or a whiteboard can be added for personalized notes. Access Alert can stand alone or include an ADA patient room identification sign (shown above).

Click here to download the Access Alert Brochure.

Contact us for more information and pricing on Access Alert.

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Access Alert for Healthcare

AGS Introduces Access Alert, A Patient Precaution Notifier

Access Alert, the latest product from AGS, communicates critical patient precaution information to healthcare providers as they enter the patients room through a simple sliding frame and tab system. The sign system allows medical staff to quickly identify patient precautions and needs using a variety of precautionary sliding tabs. The sign is created from a single piece of acrylic with no exposed hardware reducing dirt and lint. Access Alert is available in the traditional 8-tab sign, or the larger 10-tab sign with a variety of icons that are easily maintained and cost effective. The face of the sign can be customized to meet your current signage, or a whiteboard can be added for personalized notes. Access Alert can stand alone or include an ADA patient room identification sign (shown above). Click here to download the Access Alert Brochure. Contact us for more information and pricing on Access Alert.

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The Path to Implementing Your Project http://www.agsinfo.com/signage/the-path-to-implementing-your-project/ http://www.agsinfo.com/signage/the-path-to-implementing-your-project/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:00:20 +0000 http://www.agsinfo.com.vhost.zerolag.com/?p=1373 AGS Path Path

From Commencement to Completion, Every Wayfinding Project Goes Through a Four Phase Process

Signage and wayfinding projects require teamwork from all involved parties to keep the project on track, on time and on budget. Over the years we've learned the importance of defining responsibilities for our clients and our staff in order to build a successful project.

Each phase of a project is unique and has a specific set of requirement and responsibilities. We believe in the importance of defining these responsibilities and expectations for all involved at the onset of a project.

The Four Phase of a Project:

PHASE ONE: Commencement
Teamwork with our client is critical in phase one. Getting the signage project up and running depends on coordinating time tables, coming to financial agreements, and developing a deep understanding of your wants and needs for the signage project.

PHASE TWO: Approval Process
The approval process is the longest process because we want to make sure the project will exceed expectations. During the second phase communication is key. Our project management team will be making sure we have approval on sign design, colors used and sign copy is free of misspellings and errors, preventing any mistakes that will hold up production and completion.

PHASE THREE: Logistics & Planning
The project is fully in our hands during phase three. From ordering the correct materials to coordinating the installation, your project is coming to life in our shop.

PHASE FOUR: Installation & Completion
It’s installation day! During the last phase all the planning, coordinating, and communicating has paid off. The signage is installed, any corrective action is made, and we ask for client feedback.

Contact us to find out how we can help you with your next signage or wayfinding project.

 

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AGS Path Path

From Commencement to Completion, Every Wayfinding Project Goes Through a Four Phase Process

Signage and wayfinding projects require teamwork from all involved parties to keep the project on track, on time and on budget. Over the years we've learned the importance of defining responsibilities for our clients and our staff in order to build a successful project. Each phase of a project is unique and has a specific set of requirement and responsibilities. We believe in the importance of defining these responsibilities and expectations for all involved at the onset of a project.

The Four Phase of a Project:

PHASE ONE: Commencement Teamwork with our client is critical in phase one. Getting the signage project up and running depends on coordinating time tables, coming to financial agreements, and developing a deep understanding of your wants and needs for the signage project. PHASE TWO: Approval Process The approval process is the longest process because we want to make sure the project will exceed expectations. During the second phase communication is key. Our project management team will be making sure we have approval on sign design, colors used and sign copy is free of misspellings and errors, preventing any mistakes that will hold up production and completion. PHASE THREE: Logistics & Planning The project is fully in our hands during phase three. From ordering the correct materials to coordinating the installation, your project is coming to life in our shop. PHASE FOUR: Installation & Completion It’s installation day! During the last phase all the planning, coordinating, and communicating has paid off. The signage is installed, any corrective action is made, and we ask for client feedback. Contact us to find out how we can help you with your next signage or wayfinding project.   [blueButton link="http://www.agsinfo.com.vhost.zerolag.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Access-Order-FormCopy-list-template.xlsx"]Download the The Path to Implementing Your Project PDF[/blueButton]  

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Walk! Philly Wayfinding Maps http://www.agsinfo.com/wayfinding/walk-philly-wayfinding-maps/ http://www.agsinfo.com/wayfinding/walk-philly-wayfinding-maps/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:19:53 +0000 http://www.agsinfo.com.vhost.zerolag.com/?p=1243 walk philly

Move around the city with City Wayfinding Maps

The City of Brotherly Love probably doesn’t get as much love as its sister cities, Washington DC and NYC. But if you’re looking to spend a nice weekend exploring a new town, Philadelphia is the place to be.
 
What is great about this city is that you have the opportunity to explore it by foot. Philly has an innovative and visually dynamic sign system designed to help the visitors in the city. The colorful maps, located at each street corner, divides center city into color-coded districts. The districts are: The Rittenhouse Square, Convention Center, Parkway Museum, Historic and Washington Square District.
 
Walk! Philadelphia has 2 different types of maps: The disk maps and directional maps. The Disk maps utilize a “heads-up” orientation which always place the direction the viewer is facing at the top of the map. This allows visitors to quickly orient themselves in the City. Key landmarks and significant cultural and commercial areas are shown and a “You Are Here” star indicates the center of a 10-minute walking radius that helps users determine walking distance to destinations.
 
These colorful signs, located at each street corner, display six to ten listings of nearby destinations. The double-faced directional signs also display the name, color and icon of the district the person is in.
 
Walk! Philadelphia was designed by Joel Katz Design Associates (bracket design by Bressler Group). The signs were manufactured by AGS of Exton, PA. AGS currently manages all the signs in the program which consist of 1,368 directional faces on 684 signs along with 870 disk maps on 435 signs.

 

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Philly destinations.

Philadelphia is definitely an exciting city to explore. Whether you're into punk music or Impressionist art, competitive eating or fine dining, bike riding or marathon running, here are some reasons that, according to the Huffington Post, Philly should be your next destination city:
 

- Most of the restaurants don’t sell alcohol, because of the high process liquor licenses but you can BYOB and most likely they won’t even charge you for corkage.
- This is the Promise Land for history nerds. They have an endless list of museums that you will enjoy.
- Addison Street is arguably the prettiest street in the entire Northeast. It is located in the Rittenhouse Square.
- It's insanely easy to navigate thanks to Walk! Philadelphia, the largest comprehensive pedestrian sign system in North America.
- Philly Steak Sandwiches, obviously!
- Their music scene is fierce and very accessible.
- Beer is really cheap.
- They have great marathons and bike rides, like the Naked Bike Ride. This was made to celebrate body image.
- Some of the best restaurateurs in the world have set up shop in Philadelphia.
- Fairmount Park

 The list can go on and on. Philly is really a great place to visit. So, if you have the chance to go away for a weekend, remember Philadelphia is here waiting for you.

 

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Move around the city with City Wayfinding Maps The City of Brotherly Love probably doesn’t get as much love as its sister cities, Washington DC and NYC. But if you’re looking to spend a nice weekend exploring a new town, Philadelphia is the place to be.   What is great about this city is that you have the opportunity to explore it by foot. Philly has an innovative and visually dynamic sign system designed to help the visitors in the city. The colorful maps, located at each street corner, divides center city into color-coded districts. The districts are: The Rittenhouse Square, Convention Center, Parkway Museum, Historic and Washington Square District.   Walk! Philadelphia has 2 different types of maps: The disk maps and directional maps. The Disk maps utilize a “heads-up” orientation which always place the direction the viewer is facing at the top of the map. This allows visitors to quickly orient themselves in the City. Key landmarks and significant cultural and commercial areas are shown and a “You Are Here” star indicates the center of a 10-minute walking radius that helps users determine walking distance to destinations.   These colorful signs, located at each street corner, display six to ten listings of nearby destinations. The double-faced directional signs also display the name, color and icon of the district the person is in.   Walk! Philadelphia was designed by Joel Katz Design Associates (bracket design by Bressler Group). The signs were manufactured by AGS of Exton, PA. AGS currently manages all the signs in the program which consist of 1,368 directional faces on 684 signs along with 870 disk maps on 435 signs.  

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Philly destinations. Philadelphia is definitely an exciting city to explore. Whether you're into punk music or Impressionist art, competitive eating or fine dining, bike riding or marathon running, here are some reasons that, according to the Huffington Post, Philly should be your next destination city:   - Most of the restaurants don’t sell alcohol, because of the high process liquor licenses but you can BYOB and most likely they won’t even charge you for corkage. - This is the Promise Land for history nerds. They have an endless list of museums that you will enjoy. - Addison Street is arguably the prettiest street in the entire Northeast. It is located in the Rittenhouse Square. - It's insanely easy to navigate thanks to Walk! Philadelphia, the largest comprehensive pedestrian sign system in North America. - Philly Steak Sandwiches, obviously! - Their music scene is fierce and very accessible. - Beer is really cheap. - They have great marathons and bike rides, like the Naked Bike Ride. This was made to celebrate body image. - Some of the best restaurateurs in the world have set up shop in Philadelphia. - Fairmount Park  The list can go on and on. Philly is really a great place to visit. So, if you have the chance to go away for a weekend, remember Philadelphia is here waiting for you.  

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Owensboro Healthcare Signage Case Study http://www.agsinfo.com/signage/owensboro-healthcare-signage/ http://www.agsinfo.com/signage/owensboro-healthcare-signage/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:24:28 +0000 http://www.agsinfo.com.vhost.zerolag.com/?p=1181 Owensboro hospital

Wayfinding and Donor Signage at Owensboro

We recently completed a signage and donor recognition project for Owensboro Health. The exterior signage package was designed by Ex;it, HGA Architect and KLMK, who is the owners rep for the project.

We worked closely with the team during the design and construction process and  provided assistance in the engineering of the projects more challenging elements. Several of the exterior identification sign structures had colored laminated glass components that were mounted to a large stone wall.

The scope of work included a rooftop logo sign, building mounted identification signs, entrance identification signage, main building  ID signage , directional signage, emergency trailblazer signs and DOT signage.

Overall the project has been a great team effort. We are now starting to build signage for some of the Owensboro satellite sites to bring the new brand together.

Project Details

Project Name:  Owensboro Health Regional Hospital

Project Location: Owensboro, KY

Facility Type:  Healthcare

Environment:  Interior and Exterior

Sign Type(s):  Roof top logo , Building mounted identification, Entrance identifications, Main ID signage , Directional signage, Emergency trailblazer, DOT signage

Challenges:  Among the many challenges the project presented, the donor portion was a very fast track as we were contacted by the team in  late January of last year and needed final install by mid April. The scope was a historical interpretive system of free standing units with interactive iPads for pictures and stories.

 

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Owensboro hospital

Wayfinding and Donor Signage at Owensboro

We recently completed a signage and donor recognition project for Owensboro Health. The exterior signage package was designed by Ex;it, HGA Architect and KLMK, who is the owners rep for the project. We worked closely with the team during the design and construction process and  provided assistance in the engineering of the projects more challenging elements. Several of the exterior identification sign structures had colored laminated glass components that were mounted to a large stone wall. The scope of work included a rooftop logo sign, building mounted identification signs, entrance identification signage, main building  ID signage , directional signage, emergency trailblazer signs and DOT signage. Overall the project has been a great team effort. We are now starting to build signage for some of the Owensboro satellite sites to bring the new brand together.

Project Details

Project Name:  Owensboro Health Regional Hospital Project Location: Owensboro, KY Facility Type:  Healthcare Environment:  Interior and Exterior Sign Type(s):  Roof top logo , Building mounted identification, Entrance identifications, Main ID signage , Directional signage, Emergency trailblazer, DOT signage Challenges:  Among the many challenges the project presented, the donor portion was a very fast track as we were contacted by the team in  late January of last year and needed final install by mid April. The scope was a historical interpretive system of free standing units with interactive iPads for pictures and stories.  

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AGS Attends Greenbuild http://www.agsinfo.com/events/ags-attends-greenbuild/ http://www.agsinfo.com/events/ags-attends-greenbuild/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.agsinfo.com.vhost.zerolag.com/?p=1164 RNS_8392

During a brisk November week, the great city of Philadelphia opened its doors to over 30,000 leaders and innovators from roughly 90 countries for the spectacular Greenbuild. Hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Greenbuild featured 1000 green-friendly exhibitors as well as 100 education sessions.

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"Leaders and Innovators gather together at Greenbuild"

Greenbuild is a celebration of the global green building movement. From business leaders to environmentalists, individuals gathered with the belief that "the good [they] are working for is universal; [their] actions are local and regional; [their] impact is worldwide." Ultimately, the green building movement believes that better buildings lead to "places that give people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work, and play."

We were honored to learn from and interact with some the most novel names across any industry, period. Statistician Nate Silver dazzled the crowd, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a riveting speech which, on multiple occasions, made the crowd roar in applause.

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"Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered the Keynote at Greenbuild 2013"

Her speech highlighted the mission of Greenbuild as an "idea that is so profoundly true" while labeling its founders as a "small group of committed people [that started] a movement that is changing the world." Promoting sustainability in construction is so important because they consume 1/3 of the world's energy, and produce more than 15% of carbon emissions around the globe. She went on to show the White House's commitment to energy efficiency which in 1996, was saving more than $150,000 after green improvements and by 1999, even doubled that number. Furthermore, the "greening of the White House" reduced annual carbon emissions by at least 845 metric tons. Clinton commented on America's dedication to the green movement - even including the efforts in its diplomacy by required new embassies to achieve at least a silver LEED ranking. Finally, she discussed the recent report that public investment in buildings has decreased to its lowest level since World War II. Clinton urged the constituents the spread the knowledge of green sustainability as by 2015, non-residential construction is estimated to be a $120-145 billion industry.

It comes as no surprise that the 2013 Greenbuild was one to remember! We cannot wait to see all of you there next year!

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During a brisk November week, the great city of Philadelphia opened its doors to over 30,000 leaders and innovators from roughly 90 countries for the spectacular Greenbuild. Hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Greenbuild featured 1000 green-friendly exhibitors as well as 100 education sessions.

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"Leaders and Innovators gather together at Greenbuild"

Greenbuild is a celebration of the global green building movement. From business leaders to environmentalists, individuals gathered with the belief that "the good [they] are working for is universal; [their] actions are local and regional; [their] impact is worldwide." Ultimately, the green building movement believes that better buildings lead to "places that give people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work, and play."

We were honored to learn from and interact with some the most novel names across any industry, period. Statistician Nate Silver dazzled the crowd, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a riveting speech which, on multiple occasions, made the crowd roar in applause.

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"Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered the Keynote at Greenbuild 2013"

Her speech highlighted the mission of Greenbuild as an "idea that is so profoundly true" while labeling its founders as a "small group of committed people [that started] a movement that is changing the world." Promoting sustainability in construction is so important because they consume 1/3 of the world's energy, and produce more than 15% of carbon emissions around the globe. She went on to show the White House's commitment to energy efficiency which in 1996, was saving more than $150,000 after green improvements and by 1999, even doubled that number. Furthermore, the "greening of the White House" reduced annual carbon emissions by at least 845 metric tons. Clinton commented on America's dedication to the green movement - even including the efforts in its diplomacy by required new embassies to achieve at least a silver LEED ranking. Finally, she discussed the recent report that public investment in buildings has decreased to its lowest level since World War II. Clinton urged the constituents the spread the knowledge of green sustainability as by 2015, non-residential construction is estimated to be a $120-145 billion industry.

It comes as no surprise that the 2013 Greenbuild was one to remember! We cannot wait to see all of you there next year!

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The Mill at Anselma http://www.agsinfo.com/new-projects/the-mill-at-anselma/ http://www.agsinfo.com/new-projects/the-mill-at-anselma/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:46:08 +0000 http://www.agsinfo.com.vhost.zerolag.com/?p=1143 Mill At Anselma Architectural Sign

Recently completed custom fabricated exterior architectural sign for local historial trust.

 

Below is a behind the scenes look with video and images of a recent custom fabricated exterior sign project completed for The Mill at Anselma. A local Preservation and Educational Trust located at 1730 Conestoga Road, PO Box 42, Chester Springs, PA 19425.

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The Mill at Anselma is an archetypal small, 18th century custom grain mill in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. The Mill stands as the most intact, authentic example of a custom water-powered grain mill in the United States and has been so honored by the U.S. Department of Interior as a National Historic Landmark.

Nestled along the Pickering Creek in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, The Mill at Anselma is an extraordinary artifact of 260 years of Chester County’s industrial heritage. The Mill illustrates the impact of changing technology on the milling industry over the course of three centuries and celebrates Chester County’s role as the breadbasket of colonial America. Learn More about The Mill at Anselma.

This video showcases our routing and sign production capabilities for Architectural Signage. The sign including the routing of the sign faces was all completely custom. The final product looks great and helps illustrate The Mill's dedication to the preservation and interpretation of this national treasure for the present and future enjoyment of all who come to visit.

 

 

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Mill At Anselma Architectural Sign

Recently completed custom fabricated exterior architectural sign for local historial trust.

  Below is a behind the scenes look with video and images of a recent custom fabricated exterior sign project completed for The Mill at Anselma. A local Preservation and Educational Trust located at 1730 Conestoga Road, PO Box 42, Chester Springs, PA 19425. Mill-At-Anselma-Architectural-Sign-IMG_1890 Mill-At-Anselma-Architectural-Sign-IMG_1904 Mill-At-Anselma-Architectural-Sign-IMG_1916 The Mill at Anselma is an archetypal small, 18th century custom grain mill in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. The Mill stands as the most intact, authentic example of a custom water-powered grain mill in the United States and has been so honored by the U.S. Department of Interior as a National Historic Landmark. Nestled along the Pickering Creek in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, The Mill at Anselma is an extraordinary artifact of 260 years of Chester County’s industrial heritage. The Mill illustrates the impact of changing technology on the milling industry over the course of three centuries and celebrates Chester County’s role as the breadbasket of colonial America. Learn More about The Mill at Anselma. This video showcases our routing and sign production capabilities for Architectural Signage. The sign including the routing of the sign faces was all completely custom. The final product looks great and helps illustrate The Mill's dedication to the preservation and interpretation of this national treasure for the present and future enjoyment of all who come to visit.    

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The Path To Programming Signage Infographic http://www.agsinfo.com/access-2/the-path-to-programming-signage-infographic/ http://www.agsinfo.com/access-2/the-path-to-programming-signage-infographic/#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:17:53 +0000 http://www.agsinfo.com.vhost.zerolag.com/?p=1128 080113_programming_infographic2

Enhance a Building’s Wayfinding and Identification Experience.

All wayfindng and signage packages need to be carefully thought out and planned. We put together an outline that walks you through the programming process for a standard sign system like Access. The idea is to keep things simple by following the 6 steps outlined in our Programming Infographic.

In order for any for any wayfinding system to be effective, it must have a plan.

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All wayfindng and signage packages need to be carefully thought out and planned. We put together an outline that walks you through the programming process for a standard sign system like Access. The idea is to keep things simple by following the 6 steps outlined in our Programming Infographic. In order for any for any wayfinding system to be effective, it must have a plan. [blueButton link="http://www.agsinfo.com.vhost.zerolag.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Sign-Programming-Infographic.pdf"]Download an unbranded PDF of this Infographic for your use[/blueButton] [blueButton link="http://www.agsinfo.com.vhost.zerolag.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Sign-Programming-Infographic-AGS.pdf"]Download a PDF of this Infographic with AGS branding[/blueButton]

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One of the most difficult challenges of wayfinding design is imaging how new visitors to a facility will react and interpret signage. In healthcare environments, this is particularly important due to the nature of the population: Patients and visitors who are ill, under stress, and might never have spent much time in hospitals or clinics are at a disadvantage when trying to find their way.

In a paper titled Wayfinding: Design for Understanding, author Barbara J. Huelat of The Center for Health Design in Concord, California makes the case for good wayfinding in healthcare buildings. The benefits, she writes, or twofold: patients’ health is positively effects because of less stress and facilities save money that would be potentially lost to decreased productivity. There are also safety elements that are improved with good wayfinding. And don’t forget that signage is an important part of any healthcare company’s branding and  marketing.

Signage works within the wayfinding framework to support movement, and can be more complex in a medical environment because not only do visitors need signage to provide information and directions, but there are also regulatory requirements that must be fulfilled. In general, healthcare means a lot of signs.

And an often additional problem with healthcare buildings, and particularly hospitals, is that they’re often added to over time, resulting in a piecemeal and often confusing layout that lacks an intuitive flow.

Huelet advocates the progressive disclosure model, often used by airports, where visitors are only given enough information to get to the next leg of their journey. By employing this model, information overwhelm is avoided:

Hospitals rarely employ this model, and provide too much information at inappropriate locations. Signs should direct hospital visitors with the same ease as travelers to and through airports... The progressive-disclosure method should direct people to correct buildings, hospital parking, and patient drop-off areas. Once in the buildings, the method should direct wayfinders to the next decision-making intersection. Each sign should offer no more than three possible directional options.

Which is way having a signage plan—also known as programming—is so important. Programming maps out the steps to installing cost-effective and effective signage, from budgeting to fabrication. To help you prepare for signage programming, here are some of Huelat’s suggestions, applicable to signage:

  1. 1. Create a clear system for numbering rooms;
  2. 2. Be consistent in directional language use;
  3. 3. Symbols are icons are important in multi-cultural environments;
  4. 4. Signs should be “clear, concise, and consistent”;
  5. 5. Make sure restaurants and bathrooms are easy to find;
  6. 6. Make sure entrances, exits, wings, buildings, and parking are clearly identified.

 

For a complete explanation of how programming works, take a look at this blog post.

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One of the most difficult challenges of wayfinding design is imaging how new visitors to a facility will react and interpret signage. In healthcare environments, this is particularly important due to the nature of the population: Patients and visitors who are ill, under stress, and might never have spent much time in hospitals or clinics are at a disadvantage when trying to find their way. In a paper titled Wayfinding: Design for Understanding, author Barbara J. Huelat of The Center for Health Design in Concord, California makes the case for good wayfinding in healthcare buildings. The benefits, she writes, or twofold: patients’ health is positively effects because of less stress and facilities save money that would be potentially lost to decreased productivity. There are also safety elements that are improved with good wayfinding. And don’t forget that signage is an important part of any healthcare company’s branding and  marketing. Signage works within the wayfinding framework to support movement, and can be more complex in a medical environment because not only do visitors need signage to provide information and directions, but there are also regulatory requirements that must be fulfilled. In general, healthcare means a lot of signs. And an often additional problem with healthcare buildings, and particularly hospitals, is that they’re often added to over time, resulting in a piecemeal and often confusing layout that lacks an intuitive flow. Huelet advocates the progressive disclosure model, often used by airports, where visitors are only given enough information to get to the next leg of their journey. By employing this model, information overwhelm is avoided: Hospitals rarely employ this model, and provide too much information at inappropriate locations. Signs should direct hospital visitors with the same ease as travelers to and through airports... The progressive-disclosure method should direct people to correct buildings, hospital parking, and patient drop-off areas. Once in the buildings, the method should direct wayfinders to the next decision-making intersection. Each sign should offer no more than three possible directional options. Which is way having a signage plan—also known as programming—is so important. Programming maps out the steps to installing cost-effective and effective signage, from budgeting to fabrication. To help you prepare for signage programming, here are some of Huelat’s suggestions, applicable to signage:
  1. 1. Create a clear system for numbering rooms;
  2. 2. Be consistent in directional language use;
  3. 3. Symbols are icons are important in multi-cultural environments;
  4. 4. Signs should be “clear, concise, and consistent”;
  5. 5. Make sure restaurants and bathrooms are easy to find;
  6. 6. Make sure entrances, exits, wings, buildings, and parking are clearly identified.
  For a complete explanation of how programming works, take a look at this blog post.

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