The ARO Building is a Midtown West luxury apartment building that contracted us to design, provide code compliance, create and install ADA compliant interior signs. The building is located where the Roseland Ballroom had previously existed. We met with ownership, the architect Cetra Ruddy, and the builder to create mock-ups and provide samples to bring their vision to life. We brainstormed about materials, finishes, carpeting, wallpaper and provided a signage design to complement their general design intent.
A common hurdle to overcome is maintaining the code compliance of the building interior signage while matching the aesthetic of the interior design. In addition to consulting and designing, we ultimately built and installed all the signs within the building as well. We are still in partnership with ARO on an as-needed basis for interior and exterior signage.
Certain businesses may perceive ADA-compliance guidelines as an inconvenience, but this type of interior signage not only helps your business avoid fines and potential lawsuits, but ensures all visitors have directional access to the facility. This is especially important during emergencies when the building might need to be evacuated.
What is ADA-compliant interior signage?
Custom interior signage that’s ADA compliant is intended to help someone with a physical disability find their way around the facility. For example signs are required to have high contrast between content and background in order to be clear for those with low vision.
ADA signs should have a combination of either braille, tactile text or a pictogram which identifies the purpose of the room or space.
Where ADA signage should be placed?
ADA signs need to be easy to read, but also placed in spaces where they can be easily seen. For example:
● Signs with braille and tactile elements need to be located on the latch side of the door of
the room being identified
● Signs should be placed between 48 inches and 60 inches from the floor
● Signs should not be mounted directly on a door
● If space doesn’t allow, signs may be installed on the nearest adjacent wall in a clearly visible location
Where is ADA-compliant signage required?
All public spaces must have ADA-compliant signage in interior spaces and rooms where the use is considered permanent. That means the sign is not likely to change and the space will serve the same function for more than seven consecutive days. Compliant signage is required in areas where safety is a factor, such as stairwells, areas of refuge, fire exits and elevators. Other spaces where these signs might be needed include:
● Conference rooms
● Storage rooms
● Changing rooms
● Exam rooms
● Kitchens and break rooms
● Utility, electrical, mechanical and IT rooms
Are the rules and installation requirements the same everywhere?
While the basics are the same, some states and municipalities have different rules governing ADA-compliant signs. Knowing and implementing the various regulations is where we come in. Certified Signs is accustomed to helping clients install interior signage that complies with local regulations. At a recent project at the ARO Building in Midtown Manhattan, we designed and implemented a signage plan that blended modern, creative sign design with required ADA features. Certified Signs handled all aspects of the process – from design, to build, to installation and created a signage plan that pleased the builder and kept the facility in compliance.
● ADA-compliant interior signs are required for rooms permanently used for the same purpose and for areas related to the safety of people in a facility.
● Even if ADA signage isn’t required for a room, building owners should find ways to make the facility more accessible for everyone.
● Some states and localities have different rules governing ADA compliant signs. Check with your state’s specific requirements before deciding on the type of interior signage you’ll use.
Let Us Help You With Interior Signage Requirements
Certified Signs has more than 30 years of experience in the sign industry. We work with construction managers to create interior signage ideas and install them quickly. We can guide builders in the design of ADA signage and are happy to work to accommodate any budget or design. Contact us online or call 212-397-1945 to schedule a consultation today.