What’s it cost to produce this monument sign?

By Duncan Wilkie

Posted on Monday, January 4th, 2016

Materials with 50% markup:
HDO plywood……………………. $80
PWF plywood……………………. $40
Dibond ACM……………………. $150
4-by-4-in. treated posts……… $40
Acrylic for graphics…………….. $40
Paint……………………………… $200
Misc…………………………………. $50
Total materials ……………… $600

Labor:
Consult, survey, design……….. 6 hr
Router-cut dimensional
letters and shapes………………2 hr.
Router-cut Dibond,
including file set-up……………2 hr.
Assemble faces…………………..2 hr.
Wrap posts and caps…………..6 hr.
Prep, prime, paint……………….6 hr.
Assemble post structures…….3 hr.
Prep for transit to site………….1 hr.
Travel to and from site…………2 hr.
Dig holes, set posts……………..1 hr.
Assemble sign in place………..2 hr.
Total labor…………………….33 hr.
Evergreen Dental was looking for an interior and exterior sign package for their new building. They viewed our website and contacted us. We directed them to our Create a Signage System document on our site, which outlines the step-by-step process we follow on these projects.

We talked on the phone, then met at the client’s office. The building architect had proposed an exterior sign for the building made of glass and steel. Not only did it not fit the look of the building, but it would be quite costly to build. I proposed an alternate design.

When I design a sign like this, I like to take design elements and colors from the building into consideration and incorporate them into the sign. The building has an interesting twotier look to it, so I chose to make the secondary posts at different heights. The cap on top mimics the roof line and the colors are inspired by the building finishes. The base trim reflects the building’s concrete foundation.

The entire structure was fabricated from PWF (pressure treated) and HDO (high density overlaid) plywood then clad in Dibond aluminum composite material [www. graphicdisplayusa.com]. Treated 4-by-4-in. posts were tamped into holes augured into the ground. The decorative post covers were slid over the posts and fastened in place. Then the sign frame was installed and the Dibond sign faces were installed.

On signs like this, we fabricate the basic structural components from either pressure treated plywood [PWF] or High Density Overlaid plywood [HDO]. All visible surfaces are wrapped in Dibond aluminum composite material [ACM]. The Dibond is scored on our CNC router with a V-carving bit that has a flat tip. This allows us to achieve good sharp 90 degree corners.

The Dibond cladding is then fastened permanently to the wood with double-faced tape and countersunk screws. The next step is to scuff sand, prime and paint the finish colors.

This approach makes for a very durable and attractive finished sign. The client was very pleased with the outcome and the sign solved the difficulty patients were having finding them.


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