You might say the new glass monument sign at PNC Centre at One North Franklin in Chicago is a monument to collaboration; the collaboration between architects, builders, property owners, property managers, tenants and the crew here at Impact! Signs. Tishman Speyer manages the building at One North Franklin where PNC Bank and other major players have recently been identified by the modern steel and glass tenant sign we installed.
We knew we’d need to be on our game to work with Tishman Speyer; an important part of their company philosophy is to create value for all of their tenants. Our final product had to do the same. As outdoor signage it needed to stand up to something most signs don’t have to endure – Chicago winters. Because of the high traffic in and around the building the sign also needed to be vandal-resistant and withstand the occasional elbow lean.
Visitors to the newly named PNC Centre may not even notice that the sign is new. The stainless steel base, frosted glass and stainless lettering complement the Centre’s architecture perfectly because the sign was designed by Fitzgerald Earl Architects of Chicago. Tenant identification is important, but creating a sign that fit the clean aesthetic of One North Franklin was important too. The creative partnership resulted in a sign that marries sleek elegance with bold durability, and we were honored to be selected by a firm of the caliber of Fitzgerald Earl to bring their design to life.
Each major tenant receives that Tishman Sperry touch with their business name and logo in raised stainless steel over an individual frosted glass panel. Fittingly, PNC Centre is etched into the stainless steel building identification plaque at the base of the sign. PNC’s scheduled move into the building gave us some aggressive deadlines to meet, and we met them all –of course. On the day of the ribbon cutting ceremony the sign and a few of the guys from Impact! Signs were all shined up and ready to go. We just hope we look as good in the press photos as the sign does.