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President Obama Speaks at Dedication of Nation’s First Memorial to Disabled Veterans

A powerful and poignant memorial has opened to the public at the north end of the National Mall in Washington, DC. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial pays tribute to the millions of veterans living with permanent disabilities. As des-
cribed by President Obama at the October 5, 2014 dedication ceremony, “From this day forward, Americans will come to this place and ponder the immense sacrifice made on their behalf; the heavy burden borne by a few so that we might live in freedom and peace.”

The 48 freestanding glass panels, inscribed with powerful quotations and images of disabled veterans, were the glowing attraction at the event. Veterans, their families and friends crowded the walls to ponder the quotes and admire the dramatic images that float among the 5 glass layers. Among the attendees were three of the disabled veterans whose images are featured on the walls.

It was an honor to hear President Obama read the memorial’s poignant quotes aloud. Listen to his full speech here. The memorial was also featured by CBS Sunday MorningThe New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The memorial design reflects the vision of Michael Vergason Landscape Architects. 
In designing the glass walls and stone inscriptions CGA worked with MVLA and artist Larry Kirkland, who created the bronze sculptures. History Associates researched the interpretive content and inscriptions for the memorial.

CGA would like to applaud Jerome Cloud and Senior Designer Ian Goldberg for their design vision and leadership on this momentous project. We would also like to thank our collaborators Michael Vergason, Doug Hays, Beata Corcoran and Larry Kirkland. And much appreciation is due to principals Dan Legree and Keir Legree and their team at Savoy Studios for an extraordinary job in the fabrication of the glass panels. 

Photos courtesy of Craig Collins, Shalom Baranes Associates and Larry Kirkland

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CGA tours Philadelphia's City Hall

While it contains an abundance of architectural flourishes, Philadelphia’s City Hall lacks wayfinding signage. Principals Jerome Cloud and Virginia Gehshan and Senior Designer Stephen Bashore visited City Hall to discuss its wayfinding with PlanPhilly writer Jim Saksa. Read their remarks in the article from PlanPhilly.

Photo courtesy of PlanPhilly

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UC wayfinding signage installed

A new sign system at The University of Chicago was recently installed. CGA
developed the comprehensive wayfinding program to guide visitors from major interstates and direct them to campus districts, drop-off points and parking. Pedestrian directional signage was also designed for the picturesque paths
and quadrangles of the 211-acre urban campus; options for public transit were
given special attention.

The angularity of the sign vocabulary was inspired by the Victorian Gothic and Collegiate Gothic architectural styles that are a signature of UC. The signage
system is discreet but also provides logic and consistent identity. Located in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, UC is considered an architectural jewel with
a number of national historical landmarks including the Robie House designed
by Frank Lloyd Wright.  

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IVC selects CGA to redesign the visitor experience

In collaboration with Bluecadet Interactive, CGA will develop a signage, way-
finding and environmental enhancements plan for the Independence Visitor
Center. The 50,000 square-foot building, located in the Independence National Historical Park, provides visitor services and amenities such as on-site ticket-
ing for over 60 tours and attractions, multilingual visitor service representatives,
free historical films and the Independence Store gift shop. CGA's goal for the
IVC visioning study is to improve the experience for tourists seeking guidance, direction and visitor information. The City of Philadelphia, a major vacation and leisure destination, hosted 39 million visitors and generated $10 billion in eco-
nomic impact in 2013. 

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CGA tours "Your Brain" exhibit at The Franklin Institute with SEGD and AIGA

Several CGA designers explored the recently opened "Your Brain" exhibit at
The Franklin Institute, a tour that was a combined effort of SEGD Philly and AIGA Philly. With over 70 interactive experiences and an 18-foot-tall web of neural networks, attendees received an in-depth tour led by the exhibit's creators from
The Franklin Institute and Strada. Attendees also viewed the donor recognition signage designed by Poulin + Morris. CGA designers Ian Goldberg and Stephen Bashore, current co-chairs of the SEGD Philadelphia Chapter, organized the tour
to bring together Philadelphia area design professionals, educators and students.

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AVDLM recognized as one of DC's most notable memorials

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (AVDLM) has been ranked as 
one of DC's most notable memorials by Curbed DC. Currently under construction,
it is the only incomplete memorial to make Curbed DC's list and its highly antici-
pated opening will take place October 2014. CGA, in collaboration with sculptor
Larry Kirkland, designed the site's interpretive content including 48 glass panels
that feature powerful quotations and images of disabled veterans and their pers-
onal journeys of courage and sacrifice.

This memorial joins a family of significant memorial sites including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and World War II Memorial;
it will be the only memorial dedicated to American veterans living with permanent disabilities. View Curbed DC's full list of notable memorials here

Photo courtesy of the Disabled Veterans' Life Memorial Foundation, Inc. 

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Environmental elements, signage and donor system design begins for Temple SERC

In addition to Temple University's signage and wayfinding master plan, CGA
has been awarded a comprehensive environmental identity, signage and donor
recognition project for the campus's new Science and Education Research 
Center (SERC). Designed by USA Architects and Architectural Resources
Cambridge, the 250,000 square-foot building will be dedicated to leading-edge 
labs and research facilities.

CGA designers will develop a system of exterior and interior signage, environ-
mental enhancements as well as donor recognition signs in honor of the College
of Science and Technology's (CST) generous benefactors. CGA's goal is to
design a complete program of environmental graphics to enhance the experience 
of visitors, students, faculty and staff. The $137 million facility marks a new era
for the CST, one of Temple's fastest growing schools.

Rendering courtesy of USA Architects/ARC Architectural Resources Cambridge

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CGA principal participates as expert judge for PWD
design competition

CGA principal Virginia Gehshan recently participated in a judging panel for the Philadelphia Water Department's "Uncover the Green" design competition. The winning medallion design will increase awareness of PWD's 25-year "Green City,
Clean Waters"program as green stormwater tools are implemented in neighbor-
hoods across Philadelphia. CGA's illustrations of the PWD stormwater manage-
ment plan were also featured at the "Uncover the Green" award ceremony. Check
out the PWD blog to learn more and view the winning design. 
 
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CGA designer selected for ISA Exposition

CGA designer Stephanie Bargas recently attended the International Sign 
Association’s exposition in Orlando, Florida as one of 50 invited design professionals; the event included a 1-day SEGD workshop focused on
placemaking, branded environments, accessibility, technology and media. 
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New gateway marks Historic Atturaif

The entrance to the living museum of Historic Atturaif, the first capital city of
the Saudi royal family, is now marked by the Salwa palace-inspired identity.
With the site's reconstruction scheduled for completion in late 2014, CGA's placebranding program will serve as a continuous visual thread throughout the
58-acre district. 

In collaboration with Ayers Saint Gross, CGA also developed a master wayfinding 
plan to guide and direct visitors toward the Salwa palace, sprawling souks, mos-
ques and museums. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Arriyadh Development Authority has used authentic mud brick construction methods. 
Historic Atturaif is a highly anticipated destination for tourists worldwide and is considered Addiriyah's most historically significant settlement.