July 16, 2018 Mitch Granholm

Interior ADA Signs – The Least/Most Important Part of the Project

Working on a large apartment building or senior living center can be challenging for every vendor from the general contractor on down. With tight timelines and budgets, everyone feels the pressure to deliver their work on time.

Obviously, in this kind of project the big effort items come first: excavation, pouring concrete, framing, and so on. But at some point in the submittal process, the question of ADA signs needs to be addressed because without an answer there, an inspector will not approve a Certificate of Occupancy.

At Soulo we know and embrace the fact that ADA signs are installed at the end of the project. But that’s where our project management team shines. We stay on top of all the revisions and changing requirements and still meet our deadlines and stay within budget. In fact, we consider it an honor to put the final touches on a project that has been months or years in the making.

Some things to think about as that completion date looms:

-How long has the paint had to cure?
We recommend 2 weeks from the time the wall was painted to when the ADA signs are installed.

-What type of paint is used on the walls?
A new trend for LEED projects is to use EcoPaint or a low-VOC paint. These can be great for the project but they take more time to outgas and cure than other paints. If a sign is installed too early, the double-face tape used works for a day or two, then mysteriously drops off the wall, and has to be re-installed.

-When installing signs on window sidelights, remember to have a vinyl cover or material blank for the back side of the glass to cover the tape.

-Don’t forget directional signs and evacuation maps placed at stairwells and elevator doors.

When complete, installed ADA signs should be noticeable and visually pleasing. The signs can actually help accent a building’s interior décor.