We made a non-illuminated cabinet sign and room identification signs for The Academy for Advancement of Children with Autism in West Hills, California. A cabinet sign is a metal can sign with an interchangeable face. The school already had two posts that were installed into the ground where we were able to put the new sign. The returns were formed from .040 black aluminum and the back which was made from .063 aluminum was welded on. The face was made from 3/16″ thick Tuf Glas, an impact-modified acrylic that works great for large exterior signage because it comes in large rolls rather than sheets which prevent seams, and it is more durable than typical acrylic. As mentioned prior, the face is interchangeable so it was installed onto the metal can with a trimcap so it can be removed easily. The trimcap we used is black Jewelite, to match the black returns. For the logo, we used Oracal brand vinyl that was applied directly onto the Tuf Glas. We used Oracal 8500-007 Dark Blue for the lettering, but the puzzle piece logo has a gradient so we digitally printed it onto Oracal 3650 to make sure to match the colors.
The room identification signs also used different substrates. The backer panel is made from 3mm brushed Sibond which is a polycarbonate sandwiched between two thin sheets of brushed aluminum. It is less expensive than using solid metal and works great for both interior and exterior signs. The green panel is made from 1/4″ painted acrylic with beveled edges, and the room numbers are 1/32″ thick white acrylic. The room name window is made from aluminum, and the information displayed there can also be changed easily without having to replace the whole sign. Per code standard, we also included Braille for the room numbers. Room identification signs with tactile copy and Braille are required per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)