ASI Signage collaborated with University of Iowa Health Care, Heery International architectural team, and Gilbane, the general contractor, early in the planning process to create all new signage for University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, as well as updating existing signage with rebranded designs.
First Things First
The project began with ground identification and wayfinding signage solutions throughout the new underground parking ramp that was built prior to the completion of the new children’s hospital.
Within UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, custom Infinity Photopolymer signs with tactile graphics have modular components that are easy and affordable to update in addition to being ADA Compliant. They also are part of the hospital’s wayfinding system that includes floor-by-floor color coding and iconography. During construction, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital went through a rebranding that required new graphics to be incorporated into the interior and wayfinding signage.
Another major component of the project was to incorporate donor recognition displays with several donor walls placed throughout the hospital in elevator lobbies. These donor walls have a distinctive design with a series of glass panels that mimics the look of the quilt pattern used in branded materials throughout the hospital. To help control costs, the ASI Signage team engineered a solution using glass and in-house digital printing to achieve the same high-end design expectations.
The challenge with the exterior signage was to create two immense sets of custom fabricated illuminated letter panels and install them at the top of the hospital, which has 12 levels above ground, and two below ground. ASI Signage experts translated architectural renderings into a custom sign solution that looked like a carved stone construction with edge-lit LEDs. ASI engineered the exterior signs and worked with the architectural façade firm to maintain color consistency for the exterior cladding. The results are picture perfect, a true representation of architectural signage.
Heart of the Matter
Collaboration was very important throughout this project to achieve the look and feel of all components of this signage system. From top to bottom this project embodies the ASI team’s capabilities to engineer, manufacture, and install a complete architectural signage package as part of the planning and construction teams.