Sign & Digital Graphics

April '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • April 2018 • 69 The day view Illustration of the new design with the waterfall feature. The veneered stone and ledge caps provide uniformity with the surrounding houses architectural features. research of the new code will be step one and knowing how big the existing struc- ture is, and the signage area it contains will provide you the details necessary for a discussion with the sign code depart- ment. For your designer, a clear, straight- on photo will be beneficial for creating the presentation drawing. • Try to determine what the struc- ture is made of. If it was a stucco finish, it would be easy. You would simply drill a small hole somewhere in the back to determine what the core is made from. CMU block? Steel Frame? Wood? In the case of this structure, a few small drill holes may not tell you anything and or could cause an issue. The tiles appear to be solid, so you can only assume the core is made of CMU block, or a solid chunk of poured concrete. If it had a stucco finish, this info would affect whether or not you can build onto what is there, or whether you should demo some of it away. • Is there any illumination present? Is there power to the sign now and how far is the nearest possible power source? In this case it's obvious that the lighting fixtures are old and outdated. This makes The top cap that will be removed from the structure. Initial site photos and details like this provide you and your designer the informa- tion needed for an accurate understanding of the existing structure for developing a game plan. An example of the photos taken of the water pond for sharing with the designer, and the mason prior to the forensic field survey. The more photos, the better.

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