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Project of The Month: Northwest Harvest

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On a cloudy install day, Western Neon technicians carefully secured the green apple that will serve as a beacon for the newest Northwest Harvest location.

Just below the custom signage, the front doors lead to a warm and welcoming grocery-store-like atmosphere. The SODO Community Market will be replacing the Cherry Street food bank Northwest Harvest ran for over 35 years. This location aims to continue supporting the Seattle community by offering an experience that maintains the dignity of those who come through its doors.

Western Neon was brought into the project early on because NW Harvest was interested in keeping the project local to the area. And in addition to Western Neon’s stellar portfolio of custom-built signs, we are actually located just down the street from the new market location.

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Working with the client, Western Neon’s team tested several different color schemes related to Northwest Harvest’s branding, eventually using a mixture of colored neon types from Ablon Technologies.

The vibrant blue is a classic glass called Ocean Blue, and the distinct green is a standard glass called Lite Green. The final results closely mirrored the client’s original vision, with the final neon resting in open-face aluminum channel letters. Additional pieces created by Western Neon for this site include flat-cut aluminum characters with a horizontally brushed finish and a pan-form translucent polycarbonate sign with vinyl detailing.

We at Western Neon love that Northwest Harvest is showing they are committed to the area by cementing their mark on the SODO skyline.

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Northwest Harvest is the largest independent hunger relief agency in Washington and serves on average 2 million meals a month. They are focused on providing nutritious food, building community partnerships, and getting food where it is needed most. Find out more about the SODO Community Market and Northwest Harvest at northwestharvest.org.

Interested how you can strengthen your branding with neon or other custom signage? We want to help. Western Neon specializes in illuminated signage, graphics, and other custom solutions for the built environment.
 

Project of The Month: Hugo House

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Western Neon is incredibly proud to unveil our commemorative contribution to the new Hugo House space in Capitol Hill. Founded in 1996 by Seattle writers Linda Breneman, Andrea Lewis, and Frances McCue, Hugo House is “a place where you can read words, hear words, and make your own words better.” After the demolition of the century-old building that previously housed the organization, Hugo House reopened in September 2018 in a sleek, airy space designed by global architecture firm NBBJ with an acute focus on writing in mind. The Raynier Institute & Foundation granted $650,000 to Hugo House in support of their mission to provide a home for writing; in consideration of this, the in-house performance space Lapis Theater is dedicated in honor of the Raynier Foundation’s namesake, James W. Ray. We worked closely with Hugo House, NBBJ, and the Raynier Foundation to bring an exceptional, ornate marquee for the theater to life.

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James Ray was well known around Seattle as a passionate, eccentric individual who supported arts, education, and culture. He was a fan of the mystic and ornate, which is reflected in the design of the theater marquee. We made design choices in conjunction with the Raynier Foundation to best reflect James Ray’s vision and passions. Every element, from the silicon bronze, lapis-colored glass and geometric reveals to the font and Fibonacci spirals, incorporate visual cues from early 20th century Egyptian theater design and Art Deco iconography.

The metal component of the sign is made of silicon bronze, chosen for its luminous finish quality. While it might have been easier to use painted aluminum for nearly the same effect, we chose to use the silicon bronze we’d never worked with before in order to have the authenticity shine through. It was a difficult material to work with and handle, but well worth extra efforts. The face is backed with a contrasting lapis glass and bookended by illuminated argon-filled tubes evoking Fibonacci spirals. The “Lapis Theater” text is comprised of acrylic “push-through” type letter forms internally lit by LEDs, color matched to the glass. We also fabricated a large illuminated bronze clock placed above the theater entrance as an addition to the theater sign, further referencing Art Deco design and early 20th century Egyptian theater interiors. Lastly, we made and installed a bronze plaque dedicating the space to James Ray that evokes his unique impact and vision.

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We are proud to have collaborated with such great partners to create a truly monumental installation in memory of such a pivotal Seattle figure. It’s both a fitting addition to Hugo House’s elegantly designed communal space and an inspiring beacon for the local writing community – stop by some time to check it out. You can learn more about Hugo House here, and about James Ray and the Raynier Institute & Foundation here.

 

Project of The Month: McBride Construction

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Western Neon is pleased to reveal the signs we recently fabricated and installed for McBride Construction. After 34 years in their Fremont office, the locally-owned business relocated to a former fire station in downtown Burien last year. A new location called for new signage, and McBride approached us to create interior and exterior signs for their office.

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McBride Construction has been constructing and renovating buildings across the Pacific Northwest since 1984. For over thirty years, the family business has been committed to excellence in their craft and conduct imbued with a sense of quality, expertise and safety. Maintaining these values have helped continue their success – with over twenty thousand completed jobs, they’re doing things right. As a similarly-minded local business, we were delighted to create unique signage for McBride.

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We created two signs, one interior and one exterior. The exterior logo sign is made of aluminum and backlit with LEDs to create a blue halo effect. The interior sign is the more unusual of the two: we fabricated a dimensional projecting cabinet out of aluminum and affixed EGL 6500 Snowhite glass bent three-dimensionally around the shape. Below this, the company’s name shines in a vibrant cobalt blue from Ablon Technologies. The unusual glass design was especially technical – it required lots of prototyping with cardboard and a to-scale model to bend the glass around for the precise angles.

 

Just like us, McBride has been in the business since the mid-eighties and has built up a quality company by remaining true to their roots. More information about McBride Construction can be found on their website – go check out some of their impressive projects!