NSH NEXTCO invited Trav-Ad Signs to design, produce, install, and maintain the majority of exterior signage at the new Wicks Family Field at Joe Davis Stadium, including:
Challenges were many, including a head-spinning turnaround time. The installation team also had to deal with height and location challenges for some of the exterior building signs; an abnormally long distance from power for some of the digital signs that required retro fitting; incorporating old fashioned ingenuity to work around the fact that no heavy equipment was allowed to enter the field during installation time; and the importance of a strict adherence to OSHA rules. With respect to the application of vinyl signs, the project occurred during the Huntsville, AL rainy season, so conditions were constantly changing, and applying vinyl, which is tricky even when the weather is perfect, is an altogether different task when wet, and dry, and wet, and dry, etc. Just about every night that the Trav-ad team was set-up to apply vinyl wall signs it would pour down rain, so swamp fans had to be used to keep the walls completely dry. Ken, the project manager, did a great job keeping all the moving parts together. Communication was the real key to success, as there was no time for errors, or for do-overs.
When it was all said and done, a significant amount of man, and woman, hours went into making sure the stadium would open on time. And every aspect of the Trav-Ad played a key role – design/graphics (who worked many late nights to ensure everything came together), fabrication, project management, and installation. The combination of experience, talent, hard work, sacrifice, and the rolling up of sleeves, by everyone, made it all happen. Sure it was challenging. And, in the end, it was also very, very rewarding, with the raucous sharing of many compliments, and many congratulations.
- Robert Mercer
Senior Architect / Design Director
Chapman Sisson Architects
- Mr. BRENT BEARDSLEE
VP with CAA ICON
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