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Project of The Month: Delta Dental Arrives in South Lake Union

Western Neon is pleased to welcome Pacific Northwest icon Delta Dental to the South Lake Union neighborhood, one of the world’s most dynamic hubs for tech, startups, and innovative companies. Since 1954, Delta Dental has been at the forefront of personal healthcare and was the first dental benefits company in the United States. Delta Dental joins Tommy Bahama, Impinj, and Car Toy’s/Wireless Advocates by acquiring just over 61,000 square feet of office space in the newly built LEED platinum building located at 400 Fairview.


 

As the built environment of South Lake Union continues to grow in strength, we’re excited to collaborate with local, national, and global partners to help add iconic signage and wayfinding to an area designated as one of seven unique Innovation Districts in the United States by the Brookings Institute because of its emphasis on connectivity, technology, and community.

At almost 50 feet in length and 7 feet in height with over 8,460 diodes of LED illumination backing hydro-cut polycarbonate channel letters fabricated from aluminum – this monumental sign, designed by our in-house team, serves as a permanent beacon for Delta Dental’s history, current activities, and bright future in our growing region. Western Neon is proud to be part of this trajectory, always ready for the next challenge as Seattle quickly evolves into a world-class city.


At almost 50 feet in length and 7 feet in height with over 8,460 diodes of LED illumination backing hydro-cut polycarbonate channel letters fabricated from aluminum – this monumental sign, designed by our in-house team, serves as a permanent beacon for Delta Dental’s history, current activities, and bright future in our growing region. Western Neon is proud to be part of this trajectory, always ready for the next challenge as Seattle quickly evolves into a world-class city.

 

Project of the Month: Dockside Cannabis

“The good stuff with a smile.”
Dockside Cannabis is growing as quickly as the marijuana industry, currently with two locations in SODO and Shoreline, and another already on the way. However, with so much competition in the area, Dockside knew it would take more than just good product to stand out. That’s why Dockside Cannabis made their human resources a focus, selecting the very best for their staff, who in addition to behind-the-counter sales with blog posts, workshops, talks, and their in-house “cannabis museum.”
In addition to serving the city’s marijuana needs, Dockside also gives back to the community with monthly donation boxes to local charities, a dedicated “green team” that regularly picks up trash from Seattle streets, and providing gallery space on their walls for local artists.
The Dockside Cannabis exterior signage for the SODO location was designed and fabricated by Western Neon. The two flower logo cabinets facing North and South measure at 5’x2’11” each. These signs are made of .090 aluminum, which was routed and backed with white acrylic. Both lotus flowers were painted matte black and are illuminated by full spectrum RGB color transitioning LED.
The striking “Dockside Cannabis” lettering design that sits upon the Dockside awning matches their original font at a colossal 26’10″x2’4″. Due to the size of these letters, Western Neon gave them steel returns, backs, and lips to hold in the 3/16″ white acrylic faces. To keep a clean look, the letters are not color changing, but rather illuminated by warm white grid LED.
Western Neon is delighted to work with another successful SODO neighbor and is thrilled to partner with them again at their new upcoming location… stay tuned on their blog and ours!

Project of the Month: Uwajimaya’s Kai Market

In 1928, Fujimatsu Moriguchi of Yawatahama, Japan sold homemade fishcakes from the back of his truck in the Puget Sound area while his wife, Sadako, operated their Uwajimaya store in downtown Tacoma. Today, Uwajimaya has locations in Seattle, Bellevue, and Renton, and as far away as Beaverton, Oregon, with over 400 employees, nine of whom are Moriguchi family members, active in daily business and management for the company.

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Uwajimaya’s very first Kai Market recently opened at 400 Fairview: 5,500 square feet of ground floor space in the shiny and ever-developing South Lake Union neighborhood. Naturally, the market will focus on authentic Asian flavors in the fresh seafood realm, while offering a wide variety of ready-made meals for the lunch crowd, to live seafood for the brave home chefs.

Western Neon fabricated and installed three signs for Uwajimaya’s Kai Market. The first is a north vestibule elevation sign above the main doorway measuring 11’x10′ with 1/4″ acrylic letters painted white sitting on a dibond backer painted black. The second is a west vestibule elevation made of aluminum channel letters with LED illumination and metal backing. This sign measures at a colossal 50’x2′ facing the street under an awning giving the letters a floating illusion. The final custom sign is a circular single-sided interior blade sign with their friendly fish logo facing the ceiling. This fun sign is 3’4″x3’9″ and showcases 10 and 15mm ruby red exposed neon. Two opaque black vinyl graphic details with the words, “Kai Market” also featured along the wall in the new market for exceptional branding presence.