- Our New Location, published Nov 7, 2018
- Hawthorne Seniors Care Community, published Aug 1, 2018
- Technical Safety BC, published July 16, 2018
- Blakeburn Elementary School Sign, published Jan 4, 2018
- Air Canada Commercial Backdrop, published Dec 1, 2017
- Custom Signs for the Big Flat Pancake Co., published Nov 17, 2017
Our New Location
Published Nov 7, 2018 by Superior Signs
At Superior Signs, we work to embrace the changing of a calendar year. As we prepare for yet another orbit around the sun we encourage all those around us to set some big intentions for what they want the new year to bring. After all, a new year is a great time for fresh new beginnings.
Oh, and what a year 2018 has been. After 55 years in the same location, we have moved to a new corner of Port Coquitlam.
Having owned Superior Signs for over 20 years we have seen a lot of growth. In this time we have grown the number of employees, more than doubled the amount of equipment, bought other businesses and quadrupled the number of dogs. Needless to say, our small shop square was bursting at the seams.
Dreaming as big as we do, we knew we needed a new space - a bigger space. This lead to the most exciting change for us… A change in our location!
Not wanting to stray too far from the home and community we have built around us, we moved just a little way down the road remaining within our home city of Port Coquitlam. This location allows us to service all of British Columbia, specifically central to the area between Squamish and Hope.
With double the square footage than we had previously, we now have the space and resources to take on new and bigger projects. One of the greatest things this new space has given us is the ability to take on new unique jobs that we never have before.
While we focus the majority of our time on traditional signs, the added space has allowed us to take on more non-traditional signs. This includes projects such as our 3D metal logos for local Indigenous bands.
The new location has also allowed us to add some new machines to our line-up as well as upgrade some of our existing equipment. One of our most exciting new additions is our new laser engraver & print to surface printer, which allows us to create more unique signs and make very cool stuff. We also have an upgraded paint booth and a new Matthews paint system.
As soon as we got our keys, we were so excited we had the whole move done in around a week. The move itself, while admittedly a bit stressful, went quite seamlessly.
Haven’t come in to visit our new location yet? Make the trip just a little ways down the road and come and say hi.
Hawthorne Seniors Care Community
Published Aug 1, 2018 by Superior Signs
Hawthorne Seniors Care Community has provided residential services for seniors in Port Coquitlam since 1958. It has recently undergone a large addition adding 4 different residential wings with private and semi-private rooms. We were asked to design, fabricate and install residential room signs as well as wayfinding for the new addition to the facility. After a couple of meetings with the care home administration to determine colours and design concepts the we were able to finalize a suitable new look for the wayfinding system and start fabrication of the signs. The signs were designed using soft colours to shy away from an institutional look and allowed for inserts for resident names as well as a picture to allow for a more personal touch. The wooden backing makes softens the effect of the sign and ties into the surrounding mouldings. After the signs went through our fabrication process they were installed on site and fit perfectly into the facility and blended with the existing cabinetry allowing for functionality without giving an institutional look.
Technical Safety BC
Published July 16, 2018 by Superior Signs
BC Safety Authority has changed their name to Technical Safety BC as well as their logo to match. They contracted us to help implement their new name and logo across their different BC locations. Each location had a different set of challenges to overcome and different sign types such as channel letters, push through sign faces, light boxes and pylon signs, to simple vinyl on their doors or parking signs. We confidently took on the project and helped them transition their image from BC Safety Authority to Technical Safety BC. The signs were shipped across British Columbia to their individual service locations and subsequently installed. Our scope of work included site surveys to determine individual signage type and sizes, permiting and shop drawings, fabrication, certification for electrical signs and installation. This successful rebranding project was completed over the course of 2 to 3 months to complete with 100% satisfaction from the customer.
Blakeburn Elementary School Sign
Published January 4, 2018 by Superior Signs
Over the summer months Blakeburn's main school sign was damaged. We were contracted by the school to create a new sign for the school. We decided to use a laminated wood beam as our starting point. We engraved the beam using a combination of flat endmill and v-grooved 3D tool paths creating a simple but elegant look. The letters were then infilled and the beam got a full treatment of a high gloss varathane. The results final result is was a simple natural looking entrance sign.
Air Canada Commercial Backdrop
Published Dec 1, 2017 by Superior Signs
Superior Signs was commissioned by Air Canada to provide a backdrop display for an upcoming commercial. The 12’x28’ backdrop display was fabricated out of layered painted precision foam board and all of the larger cotenants offset from the back wall to allow for halo illumination.
The display was shipped to YVR and installed in one of their hangers where part of their commercial was shot. The full commercial can be viewed here or below
Custom Signs for the Big Flat Pancake Co.
Published November 17, 2017 by Superior Signs
The Big Flat Pancake Co. is a local restaurant that opened up in Port Coquitlam. We were contracted by the owners to help fabricate the signage for the storefront as well as carry some branding elements throughout the interior of the restaurant. Using a combination of Non-illuminated, Front lit and Halo elements in their exterior channel letters we were able to give them a unique look for their signage while maintaining their branding standards.
Using airbrushing techniques, one of our Graphic Artists airbrushed the company’s initials into some onto their salvaged wood wall to make it appear to be branded into the panels giving their modern interior a vintage accent.