This past Friday, we installed (maybe) our grandest large-format project yet at Stewart Parking. The parking meter signage consists of eight parts: a banner, an awning cover, an A-frame (or sandwich board) and the max metal frame surrounding the parking meter, which includes four smaller signs.
The banner is located to the right of the parking meter signage. It is a vinyl banner, double-sided and contains pole pockets. Its main purpose is to direct drivers to the parking area. The large downward arrows and capitalized “parking” ensure no driver can overlook this parking lot.
The A-frame has the same purpose as the banner: to direct passersby to the parking lot. The sandwich board is double-sided, with each side holding a coroplast panel. For those not familiar with the substrate, coroplast is a corrugated plastic sheet. It is often used for real estate signs or other temporary signage. It is very lightweight and can be swapped out easily.
For anyone wondering, we also created the Horton Group sandwich board located to the left of the parking meter, although this A-frame is not part of this particular installment.
Above the parking meter is an awning, which protects the meter and its users from rain, snow and heat. The awning itself was created by Awnings Plus, a company in Murfreesboro, TN. We installed the poles and the awning cover. The custom cover was created with adhesive vinyl, which is advantageous because it conforms to irregular surfaces and is waterproof. It is a great option for outdoor signage.
Now on to the fancy parking meter signage: the meter signage and displays. The branded frame is made of max metal, a durable substrate that will hold up during tough weather conditions. Below is the test fit of the frame: a piece printed on coroplast to check the contour. As you can see, the light gray squares mark the area for the four smaller signs.
The four signs attached to the frame are made of max metal, as well. They all protrude from the frame, giving the meter signage a three-dimensional element. Three of the four are informational: the bottom two, from left to right, are information about the parking lot and the parking meter, respectively.
The top two signs are the coolest part of the whole installment (in our opinion). The top left is a map showing the meter user where he or she is. We installed LED lights to make the map more dynamic (although the light isn’t turned on yet in the photo below). LED lights, or light-emitting diode lights, are optimal in consumer products because of their high switching rates. Compared to incandescent light sources, LEDs also have a lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, a smaller size and better physical robustness. They are often used in remotes or digital alarm clocks.
Finally, the fourth max metal sign holds hand sanitizer! How cool is that?! Obviously, parking meters get pretty gross from everyone’s hands, so Stewart Parking has done everyone a solid by making their parking meters more sanitary. Talk about competitive advantage!
This parking machine is located at 132 Rosa L. Parks Blvd – go check it out for yourself!
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