The Sign Authority, Inc. recently fabricated and installed this multimedia display wall for Hubble Middle School in Warrenville, IL, part of Community School District 200. Hubble Middle School was initially located in the original Wheaton Community High School building, built in 1925. In 1964, it became known as Wheaton Central High School. In 1992, the building was converted into a middle school. It was named for the astronomer Edwin Hubble, a Wheaton native and graduate of Wheaton Community High School. The current building was completed to open the 2009-2010 school year. Most of the students and parents have not been aware of who Edwin Hubble was and that he was a Wheaton resident and attended Wheaton Community HIgh School.
Principal Jon Pilkington, called The Sign Authority, because we have done some display walls for other schools in District 200. We came out to the school to do a free consultation, and a site survey to see how we could put this multimedia display wall together. The design challenge when creating something like this is to make sure the information is readable, relate-able and pleasing to the eye. Jon had a vision, but did not quite know how the whole thing could be put together.
We started out by deciding on some dimensional letters to be placed in the center of the display. Edwin Hubble is spelled out with 3/8″ thick, flat cut acrylic with a metal laminate on the face. This is a very popular way to give these dimensional letters a “metal” look without breaking the bank! You really would not be able to tell at first glance these are not actually metal letters. Because of Edwin Hubble’s discovery of the constellation Andromeda, we thought a mural of the image as a backdrop would be interesting. We printed on a rapid air vinyl that can easily be re-positioned upon installation.
The old photos on the right side of the multimedia wall display were printed on an etched vinyl and backed with a white vinyl for better readability. We used brushed aluminum stand-offs to give the wall display some more visual interest. The photos on the left side of the wall display were printed and mounted on black PVC with “blind stand-offs” behind the panel.
Overall everyone was very pleased with the outcome of this multimedia wall display for Hubble Middle School. If you are looking to feature your school’s namesake or just create an interesting wall display in your school, give us a call at 630-462-9850 or visit our website at www.thesignauthority.com for some more great ideas!