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[This is the second installment of a series of blog posts that cover useful tips and interesting topics about architectural, wayfinding, and ADA signage.]

 

Tip #2: What you should know about stairs

 

stair landing sign

 

As one would expect, there are a lot of regulations surrounding egress and stairwell signs.  Signs are required for interior exit stairways that connect more than three stories. In general, monumental staircases do not require signage, although they can often benefit from a directional sign.

The 2012 International Building Code now mandates a tactile and Braille identifying sign inside the stairwell, so for each stair doorway, there are now typically three signs needed:

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Welcome to the first installment of a series of blog posts that provide sign tips. Based on a presentation that we gave at the ABX 2015 expo, each of these posts dives into one useful topic or interesting nugget of knowledge in the world of architectural, wayfinding, and ADA signage.

 

Tip #1: Sign Program Scoping
Signs you must have on your project. . . and signs you should have

 

ADA stair signs

 

The first question that we are often asked when discussing a sign program with someone is “What is required? What do we need in terms of signage?” There are, of course, some signs in a sign program that are required by various building and fire codes – for instance elevator machine rooms, restrooms, electrical/mechanical room, the fire command center, etc.

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Stormtroopers

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Like a million other people this holiday season, I went to the see the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. As I watched, I couldn’t help but notice a disturbing trend with the Galactic Empire / New Order — a complete lack of signs or wayfinding in their giant spaceships and battle stations.

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SeeSaw Sign Tools booth at ABX 2015 in Boston

SeeSaw recently exhibited at the ABX 2015 conference and expo in Boston. ABX (ArchitectureBoston Expo) is the largest building industry event in the Northeast and one of the largest in the country. We displayed our latest architectural signage solutions in our booth, including six pre-designed sign families and our online selector & specification tool.

We had a lot of great interactions with architects, designers, and building owners. Looking forward to a great 2016!

 

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