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    Architectural Sign Info. — signs for the office

    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.


    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.

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    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.


    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.

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    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.


    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.


    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.

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    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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