On November 30th 2017, Rite Lite Signs, Merje, and Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled the inaugural installation of a new set of 58 wayfinding signs spanning 364 square miles just north of Charlotte, North Carolina. Rite Lite Signs was honored to produce these iconic signs that will service a population of over 200,000 citizens and hundreds of thousands more visitors annually in popular towns such as Concord, Kannapolis, Mount Pleasant, Harrisburg and Midland.
The wayfinding signs span from one to two pole signs and rise close to 14’ tall and have seven variations according to installation location. The shapes of each way-finding sign were routed and fabricated in-house out of ¼” and 1/8” thick aluminum plates. Next, assembled sign faces were queued to receive their “Cabarrus blue” base paint color and “Cabarrus” logo application. Directive content was printed onto DOT reflective vinyl and installed upon individual rectangular aluminum panels which were then installed upon the structural sign faces in sets of either one, two, or three directive rectangles per way-finding sign.
The shape of each wayfinding sign was routed and fabricated in-house out of ¼” plate aluminum for the backplate and 1/8” plate aluminum for the message panels. Custom-made sleeves, designed by Merje Design, were fabricated in-house at Rite Lite Signs to attach the sign panels to the 5” OD aluminum posts. The Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau logo has five(5) specific colors to represent all five Municipalities in Cabarrus County. In applying the logo to each sign, each color was individually masked off and painted with Akzo Nobel paint to insure a quality product.
In addition to Cabarrus County’s accent colors within their logo, the finial, designed by Merje, is an accent piece to adorn the tops of each sign. It is meant to resemble gears in a race car since Cabarrus County’s slogan is “Where Racing Lives” and envelopes Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Concord Speedway. These gears, made with five separate pieces, were hand painted by Benny Culler and Mike Lambert in the Rite Lite painting department and create the feel for the entire collection of wayfinding signs. The finials took on the name, “BEAST OF A MASTER PIECE”, coined by Renae Hartsell, Senior Project Manager who just celebrated 15 years at Rite Lite Signs.
Special thanks to:
John Mills with Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau
John Bosio and Jess Church with Merje
Other wayfinding projects Rite Lite Signs has produced and installed: