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Welcome to the "Back to School" issue of the Whitney Veigas newsletter. As we say good-bye to summer and head into autumn, we take a look at some of our recent education work, from dormitories to high schools.
While we work on signage for all types of projects, the educational/academic sector comprises a significant portion of our work. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance with signs for your next project.
- Jean Veigas



While similar to apartment and condominium buildings, dormitories often have specialized uses and requirements that impact signage, including:

  • Suites with multiple bedrooms
  • Lots of common areas
  • Cafés or other eateries

Because of the unique nature of student living, sign programs for dormitories often include specialized items such as integrated whiteboards at suite entrances, additional life safety signage like individual bedroom identifiers, and food servery signs.


Projects that we have recently completed, or are currently working on, include:


[MassArt Dorm: to view, download images within your email program]  

» Massachusetts College of Art and Design - New Dorm
Architect: ADD, Inc.


Design, supply, and install the signage for this building currently under construction. (See architect's rendering to the left). This residence hall also contains a student health clinic and residence floors for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.


» Berklee College of Music - New Dorm
Architect: William Rawn Associates


Utilized our new expedited sign planning service to create specifications and construction documentation for the interior signage at this new 370 bed facility.


» Framingham State North Hall
Architect: Pfeufer Richardson


Designed the sign program for this recently constructed 400 bed dormitory


  Read about these dorm projects in the September issue of High-Profile Monthly.  


Classroom Buildings

Classroom buildings, whether K-12 or university, have similar signage needs: quick and easy access to the correct room. Directional signs and simplified diagrammatic maps of the building assist in wayfinding. The classrooms themselves will often include paper inserts so that teachers can list their names, discipline, or class hours. Also, we find "paper grabbers" are well received. This device allows a note to be hung below the sign with class cancellation or other info. For laboratory buildings we have developed custom paper inserts for lab signs, to accommodate the necessary OSHA safety symbols. Classroom buildings often include faculty offices and support spaces that have their own unique signage requirements.


Recent classroom building work includes:


» Boston College McGuinn Hall
Architect: DiMella Shaffer


» Houghton College Paine Science Center, Houghton, NY
Architect: Payette


[Model School signs: to view, download images within your email program]


Massachusetts Model Schools

The purpose of the Massachusetts School Building Authority's Model School Program is to effectively adapt and re-use the design of successful, recently constructed public schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Whitney Veigas has designed and reused sign programs for several schools under this program. All of these schools use a similar interior sign system. Design elements from the more customized sign types are adapted and reused in other projects.


Completed projects include the new Natick High School and Plymouth North High School. We have recently finished the design and documentation for the East Bridgewater High School, and have been awarded contracts to provide design documentation and specifications for Hingham Middle School and Marshfield High School. The architect for all of these schools is Ai3.


[Architectural Sign Program course images: to view, download images within your email program]


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


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

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

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

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



Please contact us to schedule a presentation.


[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.


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