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Philly locals love Pope Francis

CGA senior designer Stephen Bashore and wife Rebecca Smith, along with many
fellow Philadelphians, spent Sunday afternoon at a neighborhood bar named
The P.O.P.E. (Pub on Passyunk East) to indulge in two passions, football and
Pope Francis. Catholic News Service, a leading agency in the world of Catholic
and religious media, was there to capture the excitement and humor that the weekend brought to the Philadelphia area. See the video here!

Welcoming the Pope and World Meeting of Families with PECO Crown Lights

CGA is proud to have teamed up with PECO, IEI Group and Interpret Green in the 
welcoming of Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families to Philadelphia.

To mark the special occasion, PECO will display a custom show on the company’s famed Crown Lights message system. Running hourly through Sunday, the custom video will feature a dazzling display of the sites and images that make our region unique. The energy efficient system contains more than 2 million LED lights with 
color capability.

A beloved Philadelphia landmark for over 30 years, the digital messages on the top of Philadelphia Electric Company’s building have announced thousands of events important to the city. 

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AVDLM receives 2015 SEGD Global Design Award

CGA is honored to have received the 2015 SEGD Global Design Merit Award for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, the first national memorial dedicated to the 3.5 million veterans living with permanent disabilities.

The SEGD awards were established to recognize excellence in experiential and environmental graphic design. The multi-disciplinary jury announced the winners during the July SEGD Conference.

One of the jurors commented, “This project is a powerful counter to the prevailing aesthetic toward abstract symbolism for memorials. The grittiness of the soldiers' images is heightened by the illusion that the figures actually exist in space. A deeply moving contemplative place.”

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 quotations. 

Photos courtesy of Craig Collins

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Hospitable hospital

With a beautiful new building the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro could be mistaken for a high-end hotel. CGA is helping re-think the wayfinding to better work with how the building is being used, and to advance UMCP's goal of a welcoming and patient-centered facility. The wayfinding plan includes many suggestions for helping visitors navigate, including a number
of "non-sign" items.

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Lebanon Valley College's new sign system

Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA is a beautifully landscaped gem.  
LVC’s president, Dr. Lewis Thane, requested a new sign system that reflects the college’s independent spirit and innovative programs. He also wanted
a higher profile in the surrounding community. CGA responded with a sleek system of pleated aluminum forms which carry through welcome monu-
ments, dimensional gateway letters, map stations and directional signs.

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SEGD Xplorer Digital Camp East

The integration of digital media into the built environment is an exciting and increasingly important development. SEGD chose Philadelphia for its first Xplorer Digital Camp East, which was an interactive workshop that focused on the latest technologies and strategies involved. CGA’s Ian Goldberg and Linzi Eggers attended and listened to presentations from OpenEye Global, AV&C and host Bluecadet.

Photo courtesy of Justin Molloy

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University of Chicago Medicine receives "visionary design client" award

Each year the SEGD Insight award goes to a “visionary design client.”
Congratulations to our client Steve Tarnoki of University of Chicago Medicine
for winning this national award. Steve is pictured at the SEGD national
conference, above, with his Vignelli-designed momento. The importance of
great clients cannot be overstated, and Steve has carefully implemented
and monitored CGA’s wayfinding signage for the expanding medical campus.
Thank you Steve for being a great partner!

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Chicago's South Side welcomes a new landmark

With a beautiful new building designed by Rafael Viñoly, and a new brand 
signature, the University of Chicago Medicine tasked CGA with designing skyline signage to identify both the building and campus. The first of these was recently installed. CGA explored options to optimize sight lines, aesthetics and cost,
and the result can be seen for miles.

Photos courtesy of Taylor Jerkell

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Green City, Clean Waters signage takes Philly by storm

Installation of CGA’s interpretive signage for Green City, Clean Waters is in full swing. This Philadelphia Water Department program leads the nation in devising innovative stormwater infrastructure. Venice Island, with a 4-million gallon cistern below a
state-of-the-art recreation and performing arts facility, is one of the most ambitious. Signs for many other sites will follow, including neighborhood schools and the Philadelphia Zoo. Enjoy!

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Celebrating Bujieri, Saudi Arabia

A transformation is underway with the stage one opening of the Bujieri District.
An evening of light and spectacle, attended by members of the Saudi royal
family, celebrated the opening of this mosque and gateway to the larger historic district of Addiriyah. At the center, and soon to open, is Atturaif, the first capital
of Saudi Arabia, founded in 1744 by King Mohammad bin Abdulaziz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The complex has an information center and is full of exhibition venues, shops, restaurants and other amenities. CGA designed the branding, signage and interpretive system for the complex, city and region.