Design & Planning
First opening as Gwinnett Area Technical School in 1984, Gwinnett Technical College is located in metropolitan Atlanta, in Gwinnett County Georgia, the 2nd most populous county in the state.
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 140 associate degrees, diplomas and certificate programs, as well as many courses providing specialized training. It is also Gwinnett County’s largest corporate training provider, committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the community.
With continuous expansion and improvements over the years, Gwinnett Tech’s latest addition was a 3-story, 82,000 sq/ft state-of-the-art facility dedicated to computer information systems, cybersecurity and emerging technologies training.
After Winter Construction was awarded the construction contract, based on our long history of successful projects with Winter, they reached out to APCO in 2020 to discuss signage.
In the end, APCO was awarded the signage contract as a design-build project, and in 2021 we began our close collaboration with both Winter and the architect, Sizemore Group, who had already developed some preliminary, inspirational concepts.
Operating within the pre-established price constraints set by the end user and GC, APCO worked to value engineer and develop an overall signage solution that would achieve the desired design objectives while staying within budget.
We used the frameless Elevate system for the interior signage as its modern look matched the building’s overall function, and its modularity enables the school to update signs as needed for the planned, departmental additions in the future.
In addition to the signage, APCO’s design team developed a wide range of custom wall graphics to help with the architect’s objective of designing a modern, welcoming and creative environment.
Lastly, serving as landmark identifier for the new building because of its visibility from the neighboring highway, APCO designed, engineered and implemented a fully custom, 12’h x 32’w internally illuminated sign mounted to the building’s façade above the main entrance.
In the end, the
project was completed on time and on budget.
We were excited to partner with Winter Construction, the Sizemore Group and Gwinnett Technical College on this latest addition to the ever-expanding campus, and look forward to servicing the project for years to come.