Background: Just off Union Square, the 450 Sutter Building is San Francisco’s premiere medical/dental and professional office suite building. This beautiful and elegant 26-story high-rise, an Art-Deco masterpiece, was designed by world famous San Francisco architect Timothy Pflueger. The office identification signs were not ADA compliant.
The Challenge: AccuBraille was contacted by the property management company to come up with a solution to bring the office signage in compliance with the recently updated ADA code. The existing room I.D.’s were painted on the inset glass on the doors to each suite. The desire was to have these rooms I.D.’s be as unobtrusive as possible. A bigger challenge was to have the signs blend into the recently painted walls creating as little disturbance to the beautiful old-world décor as possible.
The Prototypes: AccuBraille created two prototypes for the client. Both were made from 1/8” clear acrylic material. Both were identical except one was front painted and one was back painted. The client decided to go with the back painted version. This made sense because the back painted version offered lower maintenance and a more “defused” lookand truly blended in with the walls color.
The Solution: Using the AccuBraille thermoformed product with a sub surface paint that matched the wall color, we were able to produce a sign that blended into the décor, while at the same time provided full compliance for sign impaired visitors. The signs are ADA complaint and will stand up over time at a reasonable cost.
The Final Product: The final product for the client is a 2 ½” X 3” back-painted plaque with beveled edges. The raised text is 5/8” high with the correct kerning to be ADA compliant & tipped black. The Braille is grade II California Braille. If you look closely you will the Braille is rounded and everything about the Braille is ADA compliant. The raised text and Braille are thermo-formed and cannot be picked off or apart.
We want to chronicle AccuBraille’s work on Terminal 2, a domestic terminal located in San Francisco’s International Airport. In 2010 SFO unveiled its newly Gensler-designed Terminal which serves Virgin America and American Airlines. In addition to the design of the terminal, Gensler also designed the wayfinding program which was based in part on the International Terminal sign program.
With over 700K sq. ft. of interior space T2, as Terminal 2 is often referred to, had great need for an intuitive and well thought-out wayfinding system and eventually Fluoresco, a well known sign fabricator with offices in California, Nevada & Arizona was awarded the fabrication of the project. Fluoresco went looking for the right solution for the ADA portion of the project and they found that using AccuBraille’s Infused ® line of thermo-formed signs would offer them what they needed for this project because of it’s ability to with stand high-traffic and heavy cleaning environments such as airport terminals. Because the final product is one integrated piece the tactile characters can’t be picked off and the Braille beads will not “pop out”. In addition all AccuBraille signs come with a 5 year warranty and are rated for exterior use.
Given about two weeks to complete this project AccuBraille was able to fabricate and install over 250 unique room identification and code-related signs on time and on-budget. Like any large scale, high-profile project, Turner Construction knew that every aspect of construction would be scrutinized at a granular level but by choosing AccuBraille signs, the architect and general contractor had one less item to concern themselves with, during implementation.