We had the pleasure of working with DCI Construction on their recently completed exterior signage project in Walnut Creek, 1716 Lofts. DCI, or Dettaglio Construction, is a Walnut Creek based construction company that truly cares about “delivering excellence down to the last detail.” “Dettaglio” is an Italian word that translates to “the art of detail” and this theme permeates their work. This characteristic also made them a perfect fit for Sequoia Signs as we share in this passion.
DCI approached us with a fairly tight timeline so we really had to jump into this project quickly! Our first step was to meet with the architect and lead management at DCI to make sure we understood the scope and theme of this exterior signage project. While some try to move quickly past this step, we feel it is essential that we are on the same page. This ensures that there is consistency throughout the project and allows us to offer options for future signage needs.
The signs at the entrance of the building were the highest priority; as the saying goes “you only get one chance to make a first impression.” The plans involved an address sign on the awning as well as a halo-illuminated sign in the entrance lobby. Both signs, individually, add a degree of luxury to the project and combined they really set the tone that this is a great place to live.
The awning sign consists of individually formed polished exterior aluminum letters which are mounted to a base plate. Installation was tricky because the base plate needed to be welded to the awning but the heat from this process had potential to damage the letters. Our solution was to assemble the sign such that the exterior letters could be removed during the welding and reattached after – this worked perfectly.
Just inside the entry is another beautiful lobby sign that required some careful planning by Sequoia Signs. Originally, it was mounted on a wood cladding, but the lobby design changed and we needed to mount the sign directly to the finished cement wall. In addition to maximum penetration requirements, we had to be careful to run the wiring in such a way that the casual observer does not see them. Again, the end product came out terrific.
We enjoyed working with DCI for their exterior and lobby signage and, in particular, appreciate their attention to every detail. The next time you are in Walnut Creek on North Main Street, look for the 1716 Lofts sign!