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Welcome to the winter issue of the Whitney Veigas newsletter.
In this issue of our newsletter we examine how the design-build approach is used in signage projects by presenting a case study of our recently completed project for the Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA. 
In addition, we announce the availability of our new AIA/CES registered course on designing and specifying architectural signs.  Read more about the course below, and if you are interested, contact us to schedule a presentation in your office.
Finally, I hope you have all seen the recent issue of Architecture Boston devoted to the work of Ben Thompson.  It brought back fond memories of the two years I worked in his office in the early 70's: riding my bike to work down Brattle Street, wearing Marimekko dresses, doing sketches of Quincy Market vegetable carts, working on restaurant layouts, and helping set up lunch for Julia Child.  It sure was not the typical architect's office.
- Jean Veigas


Design-Build Case Study: Temple Beth Elohim

We recently completed the interior, exterior, and donor recognition signage for the Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley MA, designed by William Rawn Associates and built by Richard White Sons.


This project highlights our design approach to architectural sign programs as well as shows the advantages of using the design-build approach on your projects.


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:: The Design-Build Advantage ::

We were selected by the architect and the owner to design, supply, and install signs for this project under two design-build agreements directly with the owner. One of the agreements was for identification and wayfinding signage; the second was for donor recognition signs.


There are several advantages of the design-build approach over the traditional design-bid-build approach:


  • Predictability of costs as the total budget for signs is determined upfront
  • A single source of responsibility and true project ownership
  • Time and costs related to documentation, bid review, and other management tasks are reduced or eliminated
  • Value engineering can be integrated throughout the project life cycle
  • Overall project delivery time is reduced


To read the full case study, download this one-page PDF. [PDF icon]


Our AIA/CES Registered Course

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We are now scheduling presentations of our AIA/CES registered course Architectural Sign Programs.


The course examines the unique requirements and difficulties of specifying and documenting architectural signage, and offers strategies for designing and implementing successful sign programs for all types of projects.


Please let us know if this course would be of interest to you and your firm so we can schedule a presentation.

:: Course Information ::


Architectural Sign Programs




One hour


1.0 HSW (Health, Safety, and Welfare category) Learning Unit




Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the importance of signage and the relationship between architecture and signs

2. Understand the primary tasks involved in designing and specifying an architectural sign program

3. Describe the problems and limitations associated with the current approach to specifying signage

4. Develop strategies to successfully specify and document architectural sign programs


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Signs for Academic Projects

Whitney Veigas recently completed work for these projects:


Brandeis University Mandel Center – design, supply, and installation
Architect: Kallmann McKinnell & Wood


Newton North High School – design and documentation
Architects: Gund Partnership, Dore & Whittier Architects


Rashi School – supply and installation
Architect: HMFH Architects
Sign Design: Gill Fishman Associates


Click here to read more about these projects. [PDF icon]


[arrow image]   For assistance with signs
on your next project,
please contact Jean Veigas
in our office.






Design and Documentation Services :: Sign Supply :: Turnkey Design-Build Solutions

  For more than 25 years, Whitney Veigas has been designing and supplying architectural signage.
We are located in the Boston area and work closely with architects and building owners to create interior and exterior sign programs for academic, institutional, and corporate facilities. Our careful attention to process and aesthetics ensure well designed and well implemented sign programs.