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A DISPLAY OF DIGITAL WHIMSY
When the Charlotte Mecklenburg
Library requested bids for new signage
for its 103,000-sq.-ft., world-class
children's library, they didn't ask
that the bids include an EMC, just
that the sign be whimsical. In fact,
when Atlantic Sign Media (Burlington,
NC) submitted their initial response
to the RFP, they spent an hour pitching
a combination of static signage and
electronics, according to Managing
Partner Joe Rickman.
"What we designed is not what we
built," Rickman said. "[The library]
made a decision based on the overall
presentation and methods of how we
were going to do what we proposed."
Their first proposal included a curved
radius wall featuring an 16 x 8-ft.
curved radius frame with the word
"ImaginOn" above it in individual box
letters in primary colors that were staggered to look like children's building
blocks. Eventually, Atlantic ended up
changing course, placing the sign on
the opposite end of the building, on
a far roof-support column in a highvisibility intersection near the library's
entrance. The library provided no artwork or input, expecting the bidder's
creativity to shine through with more

Atlantic Sign Media Inc. designed and constructed a whimsical, cantilevering
EMC for the ImaginOn children's library portion of the Charlotte
Mecklenburg Library.
(Opposite page) The Sign Post was tasked with designing, fabricating and
installing the Skywarrior Theatre monument sign for Washington state's Naval
Air Station Whidbey Island, which included a lot of literal military precision.
open-ended guidelines.
To create the digital display, Atlantic
used structural steel in accordance
with engineering requirements, and
the top, bottom and rear portions of
the three-sided-sign were made from
perforated aluminum to allow for
plenty of ventilation. The 12 x 6-ft.,
8-mm high-resolution displays were
manufactured by Watchfire Signs,
and all the steel and the aluminum
caps/backs etc., made by Precision
Fabrication (High Point, NC), were
powder-coated for added longevity.
In addition, Atlantic used a 95-ton

Uni-Hydro Ironworker to punch the
holes in the 1-in. steel circular substructure mounting plates; a Cosen
NC-300H automatic bandsaw to cut
the structural steel tubing and the
angled steel; a Linde VI-400 CV/DC,
400-amp welder; and a 250-ton Baykal
press brake to bump-bend the 1-in.
plates to fit around the concrete
column.
All that was left was to gaze upward
at the inviting sign. "To have a sign
like that cantilevering from the poles
was quite an engineering marvel,"
Rickman said.
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