The unveiling of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s much anticipated
Spring Garden Street Connector wowed the crowd at the recent unveiling with
Cloud Gehshan’s wisteria-inspired perforated portal structures and suspended
light screens and dramatic, animated lighting effects by The Lighting Practice. The new environmental enhancements are part of a larger streetscape improvement
plan led by NV5 (formerly RBA Group) to replace a dark and gloomy underpass with
a safer and more welcoming connection to the waterfront, a major transit station, bike share hub and river trail. Watch how these dynamic enhancements brighten
the underpass and read PlanPhilly's review.
The idea for Connector Streets comes from the Master Plan for the Central Delaware as a means to better link neighborhoods cut off from the waterfront by I-95 by creating more inviting pedestrian environments.
The $2 million project was funded by the William Penn Foundation, PennDOT and SEPTA. The contractor was AP Construction and the environmental enhancements were fabricated and installed by Urban Sign, Inc.
Photos courtesy of Tom Crane
Elon University’s wonderful traditions continue in the midst of its ambitious growth. As a complement to a new master plan, CGA is developing an integrated wayfinding and signage plan for the North Carolina campus. Interior and exterior signage as well as a digital media-messaging plan are included. The sign system will also reinforce Elon’s brand identity.
Consistently recognized as one of the nation's most beautiful college environments, the 620-acre campus “under the oaks” includes a botanical garden, land preserve and a natural area for scientific research.
Placed at the perimeter of the University of Pennsylvania’s urban campus, CGA’s gateway sign both announces Penn and identifies the New College House. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, this block-long building and sweeping green space encourage connections among undergraduates, faculty, staff, graduates and the community beyond.
The gateway sign is crafted with water-jet cut aluminum; its nighttime glow also reinforces a sense of arrival and welcome.
Approximately 7 million visitors experience the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum each year. However, along with the thrill of amazing artifacts and engaging exhibits, comes the challenge of orientation and wayfinding. As part of a complete architectural renovation, CGA will be developing environmental graphics and signage to help visitors navigate and enjoy the galleries, events and public spaces. With an average of 135,000 visitors per week, the NASM is the busiest museum on DC’s National Mall and the 5th busiest in the world.
Congratulations to Chris Gellien of Urban Sign Inc. who won the BCE 2016 Craftsmanship Award for the lighting systems used at UMBC's gateway monument.
CGA, with Urban Sign Company and Stantec, developed the new formal gateway to create a more distinctive and dramatic point of entry for the UMBC campus. This new addition, combined with identification, wayfinding and interpretive signs, will enhance the campus experience.
The BCE (Building Congress & Exchange) recognizes the achievements of outstanding individuals in the construction industry. Those selected have displayed a superior quality and aesthetic appeal with their work.
Watch the video to learn more about Chris’ work on the UMBC gateway.
Photo courtesy of Alain Jaramillo Photography
Main Line Health has selected CGA to develop a signage and wayfinding master
plan for its 4-hospital system. New signage will be implemented first for Bryn Mawr Hospital’s new 5-story patient pavilion, now under construction. The patient-focused signage will build on the hospital’s long-standing tradition of providing exceptional, leading-edge health care. The gateways and wayfinding will reinforce a sense of arrival and welcome for visitors and patients.
The wayfinding principles and sign system will then be extended to Main Line Health’s other hospitals, all top-ranked by US News & World Report.
Congratulations to our longtime client, Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, which
has just been named one of America’s Great Places! The honorees were selected
by the American Planning Association from scores of nominations. Fairmount
Park is 1 of only 5 in the "Great Public Spaces" category to receive the accolade.
The APA cites the Park’s exceptional amenities such as all-ability playgrounds, mountain bike courses, greenhouses, equestrian tracks and public art. Its long tradition of intelligent planning is also praised.
CGA developed design guidelines for signage and interpretation for Fairmount Park, which is the largest landscaped urban park in the world. The comprehensive system accommodates the wide range of environments found throughout the Park, from quiet hiking trails to the heart of the city.
Installation has recently begun for the branding and directional sign system designed to unite Historic Addiriyah’s 5 precincts and highlight their stunning cultural assets. Its Atturaif district is a Unesco World Heritage site; read more here.
The signage is part of a wayfinding master plan, which is discreet enough to address historic preservation concerns, but robust enough to assist the many visitors touring the labyrinthian mud brick corridors.
Located just outside of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Addiriyah has become a popular tourist destination worldwide. Dual languages and extreme desert climate were additional challenges for the sign design. CGA also developed an identity program for Addiriyah, with a palette of images, patterns and colors that can be used for web, print and signage applications.
Congratulations to the UArts Graphic Design program on its 50th anniversary!
The Graphic Design department commemorated its 50th year with a celebration to honor the program's rich heritage and connections to Swiss teaching methods and philosophies. "We Are Here” was a weekend full of exhibitions, workshops and film screenings. A panel of design luminaries and scholars lead a symposium for alumni, students, faculty and representatives from the global design community.
A special congratulations and a job well done to CGA designer and UArts alumni Linzi Eggers! #UArtsGD50 was a successful event for an occasion worth celebrating!
Several CGA designers are UArts graduates and have long-standing ties to the visual and performing arts university.
With its setting next to the beautiful Forest Park, the new Barnes Jewish Hospital
tower is visible for miles. To design the skyline identification signage, CGA first
modified the wordmark to work better for the 10’ tall letters, then specified a
flexible face material to allow a seamless detail. The internal lighting is dimmable and controlled by an astronomical clock which automatically adjusts to changing sunrise/sunset times. The building crown was modified to provide the optimal background for day and night visibility.
Enjoy the installation video here.