This 66-acre park is home to 12 softball and baseball fields, practice areas, concessions, an 11-acre pond, greenspaces, trails, and a 15,000-square-foot inclusive playground. This impressive sports complex and park was designed bya landscape architectural firm that provides signage concepts to our client.
“After evaluating the concepts, we did some value engineering on the designs to find materials that would be durable, produce the look they wanted, and save them some money. The whole project was a team effort” said Dave Watts, Production Manager at ImageFirst™.
“We provided an estimate based on the quantities of sign types and what it would take to bring it to life. Once the project was awarded, we got to work. One thing we hadn’t anticipated when we originally quoted in 2020, was the availability of materials at the time of production. This included the aluminum tubing used for the structure as well as specific paint colors that were used for the project. On the fly, we adjusted by utilizing vendors that we had not previously sourced materials from,” said Watts.
The signature look for the park signs are fabricated aluminum letters mounted to black aluminum trestle-style structure that welcomes visitors to the park at several entrances. The design is used on a monument sign as well as in a 10-and-a-half-foot tall sign near the ball fields. The 20-foot wide structure is the perfect place to gather the team for a group pic after winning a big tournament. All in, the project took roughly 16 weeks in production to complete and was installed by our client in time for their ribbon cutting ceremony.
Another unique opportunity on this project was an outdoor donor wall on one side of a structure. The 88” Tall aluminum wall mount was painted 1 background color with a 2nd color for the copy. (90) Vertical aluminum tubes are adhered to the face of the sign. Each tube is spaced two inches apart, creating a cool visual effect as you walk by the wall. On closer inspection you’ll see that donor names have been applied to the fins in vinyl. This design offers plenty of space to add donor names in the future. Below the sign, the major donors are listed on concrete blocks.
With 66 acres, wayfinding signage is important. We manufactured flag-mounted directional signs and field markers, and recommended materials that would ease installation, deter vandalism, and be durable enough to withstand Iowa weather.
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