Located in Center City Philadelphia, 1919 Market Street is a mixed-use luxury apartment building with a wealth of amenities and fantastic skyline views. The building wanted signage that reflected the luxury living it offered, and so the general contractor Hunter Roberts brought Nova Sign Group from Mount Holly, New Jersey onto the project.
1919 Market Street是一座位于费城市中心的综合性豪华公寓楼，拥有丰富的建筑设施和绝美的天际线景观。该建筑需要建筑师提供能够展示其奢华生活的标识标牌，因此总承包商Hunter Roberts带领Nova Sign 团队参与了该项目。
Nova Sign Group joined developers LCOR & Brandywine Realty Trust as well as designers Poulin+ Morris on the project. The plans were about 90 percent complete for the signage package, but the design ideas were still pretty abstract.
Nova Sign团队携手开发商LCOR＆Brandywine Realty Trust以及设计师Poulin + Morris共同参与此次项目的制作。这个开发项目大约有90％的内容与标识包装相关，但设计理念仍然相当抽象。
“They came to us with a lot of conceptual ideas, not necessarily engineered ideas, kind of an idea board,” says Corey Kennedy, COO of Nova Sign Group. “We took their idea board and went and visited several locations throughout the area, which were their basis of design.”
Nova Sign 团队的首席运营官Corey Kennedy说：“他们给我们提供了很多概念性的想法，有些并不是设计理念，只是一些初步的构想。我们带着这些初步的构想对这个公寓楼的几个区域进行了考察，并借此建立了设计的基础。”
From there, the sign company drew up the final designs using a variety of software, including Adobe Illustrator, AutoDesk? Inventor?, SOLIDWORKS, as well as some other CAD programs.
The project called for a variety of exterior and interior signage.
For the exterior, Nova Sign Group fabricated and installed a large set of channel letters spelling out 1919 and a unique water-jetted granite inlay in the front of the building. In the parking garage, the sign company supplied the channel letters, flag signs, and wayfinding signage.
On all the interior floors, the sign company supplied the apartment identification signs outside of the doorways, common area signage, lighted safety signage, and the ADA/wayfinding signage.
Nova Sign Group was tasked with supplying over 1,500 signs for the interior of the building, and all of them were created using thermoforming.
Nova Sign 团队的任务是为建筑物内部提供超过1,500个标识，所有标识都将使用热成型工艺来制作。
First Nova Sign Group created a CNC-routed negative out of extruded acrylic using their five-by-ten MultiCam APEX3R CNC router. The shop then heated up a piece of acrylic to 350 degrees in a press for about five minutes. They exerted 5000-psi force down on the piece of acrylic and pushed it into the negative. The result was a solid piece of acrylic where the beads of Braille and the letters could not be picked off.
首先，Nova Sign团队使用5×10 MultiCam APEX3R系列的CNC切割机切割出了压缩式亚克力的雏形。随后商店将亚克力材料放进压力机中加热至350度约5分钟，并将5000磅/平方英寸的压力施加在亚克力材料上，使亚克力材料能够与底材很好的压合在一起。最后，我们可以得到一块坚固的亚克力板材，并且板材上的盲文标识与字母标识都很难被拆卸下来。
Following the thermoforming process, colors were painted onto the acrylic subsurface using both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams paints.The interior signs were installed in the apartment building using 3M VHB? tape and silicone.
使用Benjamin Moore和Sherwin Williams涂料将颜料涂在热成型处理之后的亚克力材料表面。最后使用3M VHB?胶带和硅胶将制作好的标识安装在公寓楼内。
On the exterior of 1919 Market Street, Nova Sign Group was tasked with creating a set of channel letters spelling out “1919,” which were installed over the top of the main building entrance.
The challenge with this set of letters was providing structural support while still meeting design requirements. “They didn’t want any kickers or any supports back on that so basically we had to rely on doing more or less a butt weld to a bottom plate on there,” says Kennedy. “We had to think up how we were going to engineer this structure to basically hold a butt-welded piece of a letter directly from the bottom with no visible structure.”
The solution was to waterjet the face and the back of the letters out of 1/2-inch plate aluminum. The returns were hand-formed out of .063 aluminum.
Both the back, front, and returns of the letters were painted with Matthews Paint in Brushed Aluminum. In the center of the letters, the shop used 1/2-inch-thick clear polycarbonate.
The letters were held together with countersunk screws in the returns, and Bitro LEDs were embedded in the returns so that they shined in on the inside of the letter and illuminated the polycarbonate from the edge.
The letters were then butt-welded to one-inch solid plate on the bottom. A raceway fabricated from 3/16-inch-thick aluminum housed the power supplies and secondary wiring, and it was painted with Matthews Paint in Brushed Aluminum to match the letters.
For the installation, the 1919 letters (which were already welded to the plate) were taken to the job site on a flatbed trailer and lifted in one piece using the shop’s fifty-foot Elliott Equipment truck. The letters and raceway were attached to the existing structure using Hollo-Bolts.
“What we ended up having to do is cut the roof away in certain locations and install stubs through the roof to accommodate our plate aluminum,” says Kennedy. “Then have the roofer come back after, flash over the top of the entire thing, close it back up, and accomplish what we needed to be done while still maintaining the warranty of the roof.”
Nova Sign Group had to install the sign off-hours and worked from 10 pm through 7 am. “We had to basically close off one of the lanes of the road and ensure that none of the residents of the building were going to be coming in and out through that front door because this is right over their main and pretty much only entrance into the building,” explains Kennedy.
The parking garage required a variety of signage, including letters spelling out “Parking” at the entrance.
These letters were fabricated in the same way as the 1919 letters over the main entrance with a combination of aluminum fronts and backs and clear polycarbonate in the center of the letters. Bitro LEDs were also used to illuminate these letters.(Note:?All the exterior signs are lit with RGB LEDs, and they are synced up to one controller that can create effects like changing colors or fading in and out.)
这些标识与入口处的“1919”字样的标识的制作方法相同，使用铝制材料制作标识字体的正面和背面，并在标识中间安装透明的聚碳酸酯材料，最后使用Bitro LED照亮这些标识。（注意：所有外部标识均使用LED光源进行照明，Nova Sign团队把这些光源的控制同步到一个总控制器中，这样就可以随时改变颜色或产生淡入淡出等效果。）
Nova Sign Group also fabricated a three-foot-diameter, round flag sign with a “P” in it. The circular sign was made from aluminum and the “P” is stainless steel.
A whiteout backing made from white acrylic was sandwiched between two clear pieces of polycarbonate so that the sign was evenly lit by Bitro LEDs.
Nova Sign Group used its fifty-foot Elliott Equipment truck to install these two parking garage signs. The installation had to be completed off hours again and required the street to be shut down.
Nova Sign团队使用了长约五十英尺的Elliott Equipment卡车来装载这两个停车库标识并将它们运送到安装地点。安装必须在几个小时内完成，并且在安装的过程中，我们必须封锁街道。
The interior wayfinding and level identification parking garage signage, such as “P4” and “P5,” were plastic letters CNC-cut on the shop’s MultiCam router.?They were then painted with AkzoNobel paints and installed on the walls or columns of the garage.
Hanging signs were also provided, and they were fabricated from .080 painted aluminum. Reflective direct-UV prints were printed onto 3M reflective vinyl using the shop’s Mimaki four-by-eight flatbed UV printer and then applied to the aluminum.
Nova Sign团队还提供悬挂标识，这些标识由0.08喷漆铝材制作而成。他们使用商店的Mimaki 4×8平板UV打印机对3M反射性乙烯基材料进行直接UV打印，并将印刷成品应用至铝材上。
One of the final elements of this large signage job is a unique inlay at the main entrance, and it required Nova Sign Group to design it twice.
Originally it was a glass inlay with stainless steel letters that was backlit with Bitro LEDs. “We unveiled it for about twenty-four hours, and they got a snowstorm, and it was a little more slippery than intended,” says Kennedy. “So they had us cover it back up.”
After two months of re-engineering the inlay, Nova Sign Group decided to use granite on the redesign. They partnered with a stone manufacturer and used two different types of granite to create the inlay.
The 1919 was waterjet-cut out of a solid white piece of granite, and then a darker granite was used in the cut lines.
The glass inlay was removed, and roughly 600-pound granite inlay was brought to the site in one piece.
“We carried it into place with two straps. Beneath it there’s sand under there to absorb the impact and to level it out,” says Kennedy. “We carefully lowered it into place and then removed the straps. We filled the gap that’s around the outside with a silicone mastic.”