University of Tennessee Medical Center

Main Campus, Knoxville, Tennessee

Design and Sign Planning by APCO

Products: AluTek™ , SignPanel System (Cloud Feature), Dimensional Graphics & Channel Letters

 

 Services Provided
Design & Planning
CSI Specifications
Implementation Bid Package Development
Removal of Existing Signs
Fabrication
Installation

 Sign Types
Building IDs
• Dimensional Graphics / Channel Letters (illuminated & non-illuminated)
• Building-Mount Panels (illuminated)
• Freestanding (non-illuminated)
Parking Lot/Garage Identification (illuminated & non-illuminated)
Pedestrian Maps / Directional Kiosks (non-illuminated)
Vehicular Directionals
• Back-of-House (illuminated & non-illuminated)
• Primary (illuminated)
• Secondary (non-illuminated)

 About the University of Tennessee Medical Center
First opening its doors in 1956, the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) has grown to become one of the leading academic medical centers in the country, now with a 710-bed main hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee and 24 other locations throughout the region.

As the region’s academic medical center, Magnet® recognized hospital and Level I Trauma Center, UTMC is also home of the region’s only dedicated Heart Hospital, only adult and pediatric transplant center, the region’s first certified comprehensive stroke center, a private-room neonatal intensive care unit and serves as a regional perinatal center.

 Project Overview
With an exterior sign program that was showing its age and no longer performing to the level necessary for a such large, top-tier and ever-expanding campus, in late 2020, UTMC selected APCO to design and plan a completely new exterior signage & wayfinding program for its 92-acre, 12-building main campus in Knoxville, Tennessee.

APCO’s design and planning crew worked closely with the Marketing & Communications team and others at UTMC to thoroughly study the weaknesses of the existing sign program, learn about the current needs and growth plans of the hospital and then to develop a new, comprehensive exterior sign program for the main campus….as well as several of the UTMC satellite locations in the region.

An elevated focus on branding and development of an aesthetically cohesive and updatable sign program were keys throughout the design process.

In addition to the many sets of illuminated and non-illuminated dimensional graphics and channel letters, APCO’s modular yet customizable AluTek system was used for the majority of signs within the program.

After a long, collaborative process, a detailed bid package was finalized, and APCO was awarded the resulting exterior signage & wayfinding contract in 2022. Under the contract, working closely with both the Marketing and Facilities teams at UTMC, as well as MBI Construction Services for contract management, APCO’s scope of work consisted of fabrication of new signs, removal of existing, signs and installation. A complete, turnkey solution.

Due to the size and complexity of the project, as well as the challenges of working on such a busy campus, new signage was implemented throughout a multi-phase, approximate 1-year process.

Final signs were installed in late 2023 / early 2024. In the end, the new sign program has provided a completely fresh, branded look for UTMC’s entire main campus, with modularity to accommodate future growth and expansion for years to come.

Exterior Dimensional Letters and Logo
Interior Hospital Directional Sign
Illuminated Exterior Directional Emergency Sign
Exterior Emergency and Parking Directional
Exterior Campus Map
Illuminated Exterior Dimensional Letters and Logo
Exterior Directional Emergency Sign
Illuminated Exterior Dimensional Letters and Logo
Exterior Directional Emergency Sign
Illuminated Exterior Directional Emergency Sign
Exterior Emergency and Parking Directional
Interior Dimensional Letters and Logo
Parking Identification
Exterior Directional Emergency Sign
Illuminated Exterior Directional Emergency Sign