Signs from the Philadelphia Water Department's "Green City, Clean Waters,"
program made their debut at the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show. CGA principal Virginia Gehshan and designer Kate Otte were given a behind-the-scenes tour
of the Flower Show, which included PWD's exhibit, "Art of Stormwater." The
signs, designed by CGA, illustrate the process and benefits of green stormwater infrastructure being implemented across Philadelphia; the exhibit featured a
beautiful full-size rain garden. In its 185th year, the Philadelphia Flower Show, presented annually by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, is the longest-
running and largest indoor flower show in the world.
Installation of the University of Chicago Medicine's donor wall and interactive kiosk has been completed at the Center for Care and Discovery. Following inten-
sive fabrication and software development, the UCM community can now visit
the new donor recognition exhibit, located in the CCD's sky lobby. Designed by
CGA to honor and celebrate benefactors of all levels, the interactive kiosk also enables visitors to access donor stories, mission statement and UCM news.
With a striking display and designation as a "hospital of the future," the CCD, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, can continue to build its strong community
Photo courtesy of The University of Chicago Medical Center
With images and inspiring stories, the donor recognition system at the University
of Chicago Medicine's Center for Care and Discovery will also serve as an engaging exhibit. Designed by CGA, the freestanding donor "wall,” which vividly displays the strong support of the UCM community, is in the final stages of fabrication. The zinc panels, edge-lit glass and gold leaf fill have been carefully crafted. Final programm-
ing and field testing for the interactive kiosk is also now underway. CGA is excited
for the upcoming installation and a new user-friendly experience for the CCD’s many visitors and supporters.
Major progress has been reached in the reconstruction and restoration of Historic Atturaif located in Addiriyah, Saudi Arabia. With final details being executed at the gateway, souk, Salwa Palace, visitor reception center and footbridge, Historic
Atturaif is expected to become a popular, world-class tourist destination. In compliance with UNESCO accreditation, locally sourced materials and authentic construction methods are being used throughout the 58-acre district. CGA dev-
eloped the master wayfinding plan to direct visitors throughout the labyrinthian corridors of the living museum. In addition, CGA designed the Salwa palace-inspired placebranding program for web, print and signage applications. Atturaif, a major preservation project for the Arriyadh Development Authority, is scheduled for completion in late 2014.
Gateways and wayfinding signage are now substantially in place and turned on
at the University of Texas at San Antonio, as part of its multi-year master planning effort. Following the implementation of architectural gateways, a comprehensive
sign system now provides improved pedestrian and vehicular navigation. The sys-
tem developed by CGA includes an integrated network of vehicular and pedestrian directionals, orientation stations, sheltered kiosks, banners, parking IDs and building identification signs.
Reaching a population benchmark in 2010 with over 30,000 students, UTSA is one
of the fastest growing universities in Texas. CGA's wayfinding strategy helped est-
ablish UTSA's main and downtown campuses as growing college towns. CGA dev-
eloped the UTSA master plan in collaboration with Barnes Gromatsky Kosarek Architects, David Chou & Associates and The Lighting Practice. Check out the UTSA feature here on Architype, an architecture and design site dedicated to innovative projects for the built environment.
Gateway photo courtesy of Jered E. Widmer, The Lighting Practice
Signage photos courtesy of Steven Stamper, fd2s
The City of Rochester Pedestrian Wayfinding Plan was awarded the top Honor Award of Excellence by the New York State Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Judged by a multi-disciplinary jury, the project was developed in collab-
oration with Bergmann Associates; architects, engineers and planners. With the
goals of increasing tourism and attracting new public and private investment, CGA designed a comprehensive pedestrian wayfinding system for Rochester's thriving
and growing Center City. The study conducted for improved orientation and direct-
ion was inclusive of all major destinations, public venues and attractions. Home to Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, Xerox, RIT and the annual Lilac Festival, CGA's wayfinding system integrated historic markers that highlight Rochester as a dynamic center of commerce and beauty in Western New York.
Elegant wayfinding and gateway signage has been installed at Notre Dame of
Maryland University in North Baltimore. NDMU's new system welcomes and
directs visitors throughout the beautiful 58-acre campus. CGA selected earth
tones to complement the bucolic landscape and brick architecture. Hand-made ornamental forms and cast bronze crests were also integrated to reflect the university's 100 years of history and its new grand entrance, designed by Robert
AM Stern Architects. NDMU is excited to introduce the comprehensive system
and believes it will create a positive first impression for visitors, prospective students, parents and friends.
After conducting extensive interviews, analyzing the company's mission, values
and brand, CGA designers developed a master plan for a system of environmental
brand enhancements for the company's campus headquarters and satellite build-
ings. The effort included lobbies, pre-function spaces, hallways, conference rooms,
workspaces, lounges, pantries and copy areas. The team's goal was to welcome
clients, share important values and ideas and tell the company story through the
voices of employees, using a wide range of static and digital media. Several build-
ing renovations are underway, including a streamlined digital information system
that informs and directs staff, visitors and potential investors.
Wayfinding signage has been installed at the University of Rochester's Memorial
Art Gallery, in honor of its centennial anniversary! CGA designed a comprehensive
sign system to direct and inform visitors, as well as reinforce its new "MAG" signa-
ture. Donor recognition and identification signage were also developed for the
gallery's newly constructed Centennial Sculpture Park. Memorial Art Gallery, found-
ed in 1913, houses a permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects that covers
about 5,000 years of art history. Today it is considered one of the "best balanced"
art collections in New York state.
The City of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has selected the RBA Group, CGA and
Pennoni Associates to undertake the South Bethlehem Eastern Gateway Vision
Plan. CGA is crafting a clearly defined system of sculptural gateway elements
to mark the entrance of South Bethlehem, to be known as the "South Side." The
goal is to capture the history and energy of this community, while welcoming
and directing visitors to the area. Bethlehem, a city of 75,000 hosts over 4 million
visitors every year with destinations such as the ArtsQuest Center at the Steel
Stacks Campus, the Banana Factory, the Arts and Four Blocks International
District, Sands Casino Resort and Lehigh University.