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    Architectural Sign Info.

    ADA Signage

    ADA Signage

    WeBuildSigns (WBS) is a leading manufacturer and online retailer of interior ADA signage for office buildings, healthcare institutions, commercial structures and government facilities. These include schools, hospitals, hotels, factories and many other types of buildings that provide special accommodations for handicapped and disabled people. Our attractive collections of ADA-compliant signs are highly visible and incorporate Grade II Braille and raised tactile lettering.

    Each of our architectural sign families includes identification and directional signage. We offer building level directories, egress maps and markers for stairs and elevators. WBS also makes a variety of standard and customized ADA restroom signs for men’s, women’s and unisex/gender-neutral bathrooms. And of course we have room identification signage with names and numbers for offices, equipment spaces or conference rooms.

    If you need high quality ADA compliant signage, call WBS (512) 323-9770

    MEETING STATE AND FEDERAL ADA SIGN REQUIREMENTS

    Specifications and design guidelines for architectural signage are defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. These list the accessibility requirements for several types of buildings including Medical Care Facilities, Places of Lodging, Educational Institutions, Correctional Facilities, Social Service Centers, and Residential Dwelling Units. All of these must have ADA compliant signage to provide identification and directional information for people with disabilities including visual, hearing and mobility handicaps.

    Some states have enacted regulations even more rigorous than the Federal standards, most notably California Title 14 Accessibility Guidelines and New York’s A.8193 and S6845 Accessibility Symbol laws. Several states have adopted laws regulating bathrooms and restroom signs, to provide suitable accommodations to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transsexual (LGBT) individuals. In addition to (or in place of) conventional men’s and women’s bathroom signs, these require unisex restroom signage – also known as ‘whatever ‘ or gender-neutral restroom signs. WBS makes several collections of Title 14 restroom signs, and can also provide custom ADA signage with the New York Accessibility wheelchair logo shown here.

    RAISED TACTILE AND BRAILLE ADA SIGNAGE

    All architectural signs (as distinguished from advertising, decorative plaques or informational banners) in these types of facilities need to provide support for visually impaired (including blind) individuals. More specifically, every ADA sign must include both Braille and raised tactile lettering. The design is also required to include the standard symbol (also raised) identifying the type of building feature – restroom, stairs, elevator, etc.

    WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY AND SYMBOLS

    Proper ADA signage provides support for those traveling in wheelchairs. Each sign must be placed in a conspicuous location, at a height that someone in a wheelchair can reach: 40”-60” above the floor level. Signs for wheelchair-accessible rooms, elevators and other facilities include the standard international symbol for a wheelchair.

    All ADA-compliant signs must be manufactured using non-glare materials with high contrast between lettering and the background. The guidelines even specify the permitted (serif) fonts and type sizes. Many newer public and commercial buildings additionally provide accommodative devices for people with hearing disabilities or restrictions. These include assistive listening systems or volume-controllable phones (identified with international phone symbols), TTY or text telephones (marked with a keyboard symbol).

    Call WBS (512) 323-9770 for high quality ADA signage or Title 14 restroom signs.

    WeBuildSigns makes several families of signs and accessories that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. These are available online in a broad array of attractive styles and prices. We have an ADA signage package suitable for every décor and budget. Or, if you want something really unique, we can design a complete custom signage system – including directory listings and maps, room identification signs, directional and wayfinding signage, restroom signs, stair and elevator signage -- to your specifications.

    WBS ONLINE SIGN STORE

    Whether you’re interested in our elegant Cosmopolitan sign collection, or are looking at our low cost Econo sign family, WeBuildSigns can provide excellent quality ADA compliant signage that meets your requirements and budget. All of these are available in our convenient online store; and we accept all the popular credit and debit cards.

    Whether your order is large or small, we are happy to have you as a customer. And if you are looking for a sign that you don’t see in our online inventory, give us a call. We probably have the product (or could make one quickly), just haven’t put it on the website yet. In addition to designing and making top quality ADA compliant signage products and accessories, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service and are proud of our complimentary reviews and testimonials.

    HIGH QUALITY ADA SIGNS FOR LESS

    Having an effective sign system makes it easier for employees or visitors with disabilities to identify and use your building’s facilities. This is primarily a safety and convenience issue; but it also says something about the type of organization you have, and your regard for people with handicaps or limitations. A custom ADA compliant sign package – in your corporate colors with logo or other graphics – complements your building decor and makes a statement about your leadership, values and success.

    In addition to the ADA compatible sign collections available in our online store, WBS can design a custom signage system specifically for your organization. As with our standard product families, these can include office name and number emblems, elevator and stairway plaques, and your choice of women’s, men’s and unisex restroom signage. We can also make matching building directory listings, emergency egress maps, lobby signs and level directories with “You are Here” indicators.

    A set of custom designed signs can add a lot to the appearance of your office building, store, condo building or medical clinic. All these identification, wayfinding and directional signs will have the same consistent high-impact look that you specify. And, especially when you are outfitting an entire building, you will be surprised how economical a custom ADA sign ensemble can be. Let us help you accommodate and impress your employees, customers and visitors. Contact WBS today to discuss your requirements and learn about our attractive products and pricing.

    WeBuildSigns (WBS) – Custom ADA Compliant Signage Systems - (512) 323-9770

    Elevator Signs

    Elevator Signs

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for elevator signage can be found in the ASME Safety Code A17. There are basically two types of sign needed. First is the identification signage on the elevator enclosure (referred to as the ‘hoistway’) and the controls inside the car. On the exterior, Code 17 requires 2” raised and Braille on both door jambs of the hoistway entrances, positioned 60” above the floor level. Similar labeling is mandated on the buttons and other controls on the car’s interior, at a height of no more than 48” from the floor.

    ADA COMPLIANT ELEVATOR SIGNS FOR BUILDINGS

    The second type of elevator signs are directional signage pointing toward the locations of elevators on each floor. Multi-storey public buildings must have directional and wayfinding signage to guide people to the elevators, escalators and stairs. Like all compliant ADA signs, these are specified to be highly visible with non-glare high-contrast lettering and standard international symbology for sighted individuals, complemented with raised tactile lettering and Braille for those with visual disabilities. Each sign must be placed at a height that can be reached by someone sitting in a wheelchair.

    If you’re looking for ADA compliant elevator signs, call WeBuildSigns (512) 323-9770

    To accommodate visually impaired persons, elevator signage must also have Braille and raised tactile lettering and symbols. Those that can accommodate wheelchairs must display the raised tactile symbol for wheelchair accessibility. And, of course, the lobby and corridors should have ADA directional signs with arrows pointing in the direction of the elevators.

    In government facilities and commercial buildings used by the public, all elevators must have prominent signage describing their suitability (or unsuitability) for use during a fire or other emergency. An elevator or escalator requires electrical power that may be curtailed in these situations. So most multi-level edifices have elevator signs prohibiting their use in the event of fire, flooding or other circumstances in which power may be cut off. To facilitate safe and rapid egress, there will be nearby informational signs advising people NOT to use the elevator, and providing directions to evacuate using the nearest stairway.

    FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL ELEVATOR SIGN REQUIREMENTS

    At the Federal level, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) manages the regulations that govern the design, construction and maintenance of elevators used by employees in the workplace. These OSHA requirements encompass the Car ID and capacity, inspection plates, warning notices for In Case of Fire and Elevator Out of Order. They also mandate signs for any open elevator shafts or pits, and exposure to potentially dangerous electrical and mechanical components. OSHA regulations also require distinctions between freight elevators those intended for people.

    Many states and cities with high-rise office and residential structures have additional laws regulating the design and operation of escalators and elevators. These address the special safety and accommodation issues attendant with elevator implementations in very tall buildings. Generally the specifications for elevator signs are a part of a more comprehensive set of requirements for building directories, evacuation plans, egress maps and directional signs. These cover both the safety needs for emergency access, as well as the requirement to accommodate people with disabilities. But as far as elevator signage goes, in most cases adherence to the ADA, ASME and OSHA regulations is sufficient for these locales.

    Call WBS (512) 323-9770 for high quality stairway and elevator sign packages.

    WeBuildSigns manufactures more than a dozen families of architectural signs that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. These attractive and cost-effective products are available in our online store. We have a sign family for every building style and budget.

    WBS sells individual elevator signs; but most of our customers purchase a complete set of architectural signs – including both identification and navigational/directional products. Identification signs include room name and numbering plaques, lobby signs, conference room labeling, and signs marking the location of elevators, escalators and stairs. Directional signage includes building and level directories and layout maps, egress diagrams, and pointers to exits, restrooms, elevators and stairways.

    BENEFITS OF EFFECTIVE ELEVATOR SIGNS

    We have all been in buildings where it was difficult to find your way around. You’re on a business trip, check into a strange hotel, and have to ask the desk clerk how to get to your room. Thoughtful floor plan layouts and proper signage can make this a lot easier. Organizations that care about their employees, customers and visitors make a point of installing effective architectural signs to make it easier to get where you need to go.

    Navigating in an unfamiliar establishment can be even more daunting for someone with a disability. This is especially true for someone with impaired vision or mobility. The most difficult aspects of moving about a building are dealing with doors (hinged, sliding and revolving) and level changes (stairs, elevators, ramps and escalators). Imagine being a blind person trying to locate a wheelchair-accessible elevator in a strange office or residential tower. That’s where ASME and OSHA compliant elevator signs come in – they enable people in wheelchairs to avoid stairways and the frustration of elevators that are not going to work for them.

    STANDARD AND CUSTOM ELEVATOR SIGN DESIGNS

    In addition to the amazing array of standard elevator signs available in our online store, WBS also designs and manufactures custom sign packages. Based on your current or planned building decor, corporate logo and color scheme, we can create a custom sign collection specifically for your organization. This can include office signs, conference room labels, restroom signage, stair and elevator signs -- and matching building directory, level plans and egress maps. A comprehensive custom sign system conveys the impression of substance and high quality to your employees, business partners and customers.

    Customized architectural signs can dramatically enhance the accessibility and appearance of a restaurant, retail store, apartment building or hospital. With one of our custom signage systems your identification and wayfinding badges will have an attractive and consistent design of your choosing. And most of our customers are surprised how inexpensive a complete custom package can be. Call WBS today to learn how we can enhance the safety, accommodation and look of your building.

    WeBuildSigns (WBS) – Custom ADA Compliant Elevator Signage - (512) 323-9770

    Directional Signage

    Directional Signage

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) contains high-level functional objectives for informational and directional signs in buildings that provide access to the public. In general, all structures offering access to the public must provide reasonable accommodations for people with certain types of disabilities – specifically visual impairments, hearing disabilities and mobility limitations. The ADA mandates have been translated into specific design requirements in the ADA Accessibility Guidelines Section 703.

    ADA-COMPLIANT DIRECTIONAL SIGNS FOR BUILDING INTERIORS

    The Guidelines provide detailed specifications for positioning and directional signage design – right down to the fonts and dimensions of the lettering, spacing, pictographs and Braille characters. Buildings required to conform to ADAAG requirements encompass Government facilities and commercial structures including retail stores, theaters, restaurants, office and residential buildings. Basically it’s any indoor or outdoor place where members of the public might congregate or visit. In addition to offering access to people with various types of disabilities, these buildings need both informational and directional signage for ADA compliance.

    WeBuildSigns makes standard and custom directional sign packages for building interiors. Browse this website or call us at (512) 323-9770 to learn more about our attractive collections of corporate signage, building directories and wayfinding sign designs.

    DIRECTORY SIGNAGE FOR OFFICES, HOTELS, SCHOOLS, APARTMENTS AND HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

    There are several applications for directional signs in public areas. The first is to enable people to enter and exit the edifice without any difficulty. So the ADAAG has specific provisions for entrance and exit signs, as well as building directory signs, emergency egress maps, stairway and elevator signage. These types of directional signs are especially important in the event of a fire or other situation where rapid evacuation is essential. And, even under normal circumstances, proper wayfinding sign systems increase the safety and convenience of getting from one place to another.

    The second type of directory sign assists people in locating specific interior facilities, particularly those that accommodate those with disabilities. Examples of these would be signs pointing to the locations of restrooms, wheelchair-capable elevators, lobby maps or special directories with audio or teletype capabilities. As with other ADA directional signs, these signs should be high contrast, prominently displayed with the Braille portion readily accessible to those with visual limitations. Restroom signage warrants special attention to accommodate the needs of disabled people – as well as the federal and state requirements for men’s, women’s, gender-neutral and unisex bathroom sign placement.

    A third type of directional signage advises people which way to go in a hallway or lobby to navigate to a specific room or facility. Examples of these include signs near a hotel elevator advising which hallway to take for groups of room numbers (e.g. suites 1001-1009 to the left), or the electronic signage at the airport showing which corridor to follow to reach different gate numbers. These wayfinding signs are primarily for convenience; but they are also beneficial for security and safety in the event of an emergency.

    WBS ONLINE DIRECTIONAL SIGNAGE STORE

    The WeBuildSigns online store on this website has a diverse series of directional sign styles. These come in collections that also include informational signage like restroom signs, room name and number plaques and conference room signs. We have a sign collection for just about every building style and budget. Our low cost Econo family is ideal for companies on a tight budget, but still provides high quality and ADA compliance. And for organizations that require the utmost in quality and prestige, we have the Cosmopolitan family of directional signage and informational signs on clear acrylic panels.

    All of our designs meet ADA Accessibility Guidelines specifications, and also those of California Title 24. And, even though WBS directional signs are high quality, you will be surprised how economical they are – particularly when you are ordering a complete set of indoor architectural signage for your building. Our high-tech CAD equipment and manufacturing systems enable us to manufacture our products at low cost and in high quantities, to meet your tight deadlines.

    CUSTOM DIRECTIONAL SIGN PACKAGES

    Many of our customers are looking for a custom directional signage look that reflects their corporate colors, logo and graphics. This gives your sign package a unique appearance and blends into the overall design of your company headquarters or local offices. A customized sign system reminds your employees, customers and visitors about your high standards and commitment to quality.

    If you need an ADA-compatible custom sign system, we can supply a complete set for a very economical price. This can include matching lobby signs, level directories, egress map signs, restroom signage, elevator/stair signs, individual room name and number emblems – and other signs you specify. Call us today to discuss your requirements and design goals.

    WeBuildSigns – Custom Directional Signage – Austin TX (512) 323-9770

    California Title 24 Restroom Signs

    California Restroom Sign

    Originally enacted in 2013, the California Title 24 restroom sign specifications and building code regulations have been revised several times. The 2017 version requires that all public bathrooms have two signs – one on the restroom door and the other on a nearby wall. Title 24 also mandates that single-user bathrooms accommodate both genders, and marked accordingly with unisex toilet signs labeled All Gender Restroom. As before, multiple-user toilet facilities in California may be gender-specific with Men’s, Women’s or Unisex symbols and labels.

    Under Title 24 California restroom signs must include the appropriate internationally recognized male, female or unisex symbol. Bathrooms that are wheelchair accessible should also include the approved wheelchair symbol. Wall signs indicating the presence of a nearby bathroom should incorporate raised tactile lettering, gender or unisex symbol, and Braille characters. As with ADA signage specs, the Title 24 Building Code also requires wall mounting at a height accessible by someone seated in a wheelchair or motorized scooter. Tactile lettering and symbology is not recommended for bathroom doors - to avoid having someone struck by a swinging door while trying to read the sign.

    AB 1732 SINGLE-USER GENDER-NEUTRAL RESTROOM SIGNAGE

    California Assembly Bill No. 1732 Chapter 18 becomes effective March 1, 2017. It mandates that all single-user toilet facilities in businesses, government facilities or other places of public accommodation be identified by All-Gender Restroom signs.

    In addition to requiring compliance with California Title 24 bathroom sign regulations, AB 1732 now advises that building inspectors and other officials responsible for code enforcement may inspect toilet facilities for compliance during any inspection of these locations. California AB 1732 restroom sign regulations for single user toilet facilities apply to any restroom with no more than one water closet and one urinal, with a door lock controlled by the user.

    SIGNS FOR ALL-GENDER TOILET FACILITIES

    WeBuildSigns designs and manufactures a broad variety of products that are compliant with Title 24 and AB 1732 requirements for California restroom signs. For multiple-user bathrooms, we offer gender-specific Ladies Room and Mens Room signage, as well as the increasingly popular All-Gender or Unisex restroom signs. Most of our customers select one of our ADA sign collections that best matches their building décor.

    But if you would like a custom design to match your corporate color scheme, we can create a unique collection just for your business. We can even incorporate your company’s logo and specific Pantone colors. Along with CA Title 24-compliant bathroom signs, this collection could also include room naming and numbering signage, building and level directories, elevator and stairway signs, and evacuation/egress maps.

    BUY CA TITLE 24 BATHROOM SIGNS ONLINE

    The WBS online sign store on this website has Title 24 California restroom signs for every style and budget. Our products are very high quality, and are frequently used in Class A office buildings. At the same time, our highly automated design and manufacturing process enables us to deliver low cost bathroom signs and great value. Our standard Title 24 sign products are available immediately online, and custom orders take just a little longer.

    PURCHASE ONLINE - AB 1732 COMPLIANT SIGNAGE

    If you operate a business or other facility accommodating the public in California, you need to have AB 1732 restroom signs. Title 24 requires two bathroom signs for each toilet facility – one for the bathroom door and another for a nearby wall. Unlike other vendors selling cheap all-gender restroom signs, WBS produces high quality for a low price.

    Having up-to-date restroom signs shows your customers and visitors you care about their safety and wellbeing. Don’t risk having your business fined or shut down for failure to comply with California public accommodation and building codes. Choose from our several attractive collections, and order your CA Title 24 compliant bathroom signs today!

    WeBuildSigns – CA Title 24 Restroom Signage - (512) 323-9770

    Braille Signage

    Braille Signage

    The history of Braille signage began in the early 1800s when Charles Barbier developed the ‘Night Writing” system of raised dots for Napoleon Bonaparte. This enabled soldiers to communicate in the dark without using a lamp and giving away their location. Barbier’s system was subsequently refined by eleven year old Louis Braille in 1820, and has since become the communications standard for blind and visually disabled people.

    ADA COMPLIANT BRAILLE SIGNS FOR BUILDINGS

    WeBuildSigns manufactures a comprehensive set of economical ADA compliant signs for building interiors. Browse our website or call (512) 323-9770 to learn more about our signage systems and accessories.

    In 1990 Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a far-ranging civil rights act that mandates reasonable accommodations for people with specific disabilities and limitations. The law requires that building signage include tactile raised-dot characters, and provides specifications for the size and positioning of these on ADA Braille signs. The dots must be located between 48 and 60 inches above the finish floor level.

    BRAILLE SIGNAGE REQUIREMENTS

    The key features and specifications are summarized in the Braille Authority of North America Guidelines. There are three distinct Braille ‘Grades’:

    • Grade 1 contains just the 24 characters of the alphabet plus punctuation. Grade 1 is used primarily as an introductory language for blind or visually handicapped people.
    • Grade 2 Braille signs add support for contractions (isn’t, we’re, I’m, etc.) Grade 2 has become the standard for ADA Braille signage and general use.
    • Grade 3 adds support for additional words in a shortened form (much like shorthand); but this has not become widely used or standardized.

    Additional detailed specifications for ADA Braille signs are listed in ADA Chapter 7 – Communication Elements and Features Section 703.3. These mandate dot diameters between 1.5mm and 1.6mm, inter-dot spacing of 2.3mm-2.5mm, and raised dot height between 0.6mm and 0.9mm. The Braille symbols must be placed just below the corresponding raised text on the sign’s surface.

    STANDARD AND CUSTOM BRAILLE SIGNS

    The standard signage collections available in our online store include a series of attractive ADA-compliant Braille sign designs. Each collection includes a complete set of interior building signs – level directories, egress maps, directional signage, room name/number and restroom signs. Most of our customers choose a standard collection that best matches their building décor and corporate brand.


    But if you are looking for a custom high-impact ADA Braille sign package, we can create a custom collection just for you. WBS will work with you to design and manufacture a unique set of signs that show off your organization’s logo, colors and graphics. Your customized collection will remind employees, customers and visitors that you care about people with disabilities by providing high quality ADA signage. This also says a lot about the quality and substance of your company and products.

    Call WeBuildSigns (512) 323-9770 today to learn more about custom Braille sign systems.

    WBS ONLINE SIGN STORE

    Our website includes an online store with several attractive signage collections. We have sign systems and accessories for virtually every building style and budget. WBS collections include identification and directional signage for room names and numbering, building directories and lobby signs, elevator and stairway plaques, egress maps and restroom signs – mens, womens and unisex/gender-neutral.


    For Class A office buildings or high-end medical facilities, many customers choose our top-of-the line Cosmopolitan sign collection. This package has high visibility clear acrylic panels with wall offsets – and tactile Braille sign lettering – to provide the utmost in elegance and functionality.

    Many WBS customers on tight budgets select our low cost Econo sign system. But even at this low price point, you’re still getting attractive high quality ADA compliant Bralle signs for your office, motel, restaurant or factory.

    All of our designs meet ADA and California Title 24 requirements, with redundant support for handicapped individuals -- including Grade 2 Braille where appropriate. We have sophisticated in-house design and manufacturing equipment that enable us to produce large quantities of top quality products at a very economical cost. And you’ll be surprised how much you can save when ordering a complete sign package for your business.

    Call us today to discuss your interior building signage requirements and design goals.

    WeBuildSigns – ADA Braille Signs – Austin TX (512) 323-9770