Arizona State University’s College Avenue Commons is a five-story, 137,000 gross-square-foot mixed-use building designed to provide classrooms, offices, labs and collaboration/study space primarily for the Del E. Webb School of Construction. JRC Design was commissioned by ASU to design donor identity room plaques and a donor wall, and coordinate the installation of the signage. Picking up on the materials used throughout the building, the designers used laminated plastics for the name plaques, and the cabling system that had been used for the safety rails as a suspension device for the donor wall.
A donor wall existed near the entrance to the Garden, however it was often overlooked by visitors. The naming system was changeable, but not very flexible nor cost efficient for adding or moving names. JRC Design was asked to review the wall, and make recommendations for a more dynamic viewing experience that would draw daytime and evening visitors to the wall prior to their entering the Garden. The design team provided several options for the wall, and the DBG chose to go with edge lit printed acrylic panels that could be replaced each year. The background art was done by an artist who has done similar work for the Garden in the past.
As part of a major redesign of the medical center’s wayfinding system, JRC Design created a Volunteer Recognition Wall to honor the many people, and even service animals, who devote time to helping patients and visitors throughout their hospital experiences. Five different materials to denote five time spans for the donors. The materials include copper sheet, mesquite, leather, aluminum, and verdigris copper. Each material relates to visual concepts of elements common to the Yuma locale. A key to the materials was included within the wall to explain the materials and their significance. Four hundred and fifty-four name panels span the wall. Most are removable so that, as each volunteer’s hours accumulate, their old panel can be removed and given to them as a memento of their service, while a new, higher level panel is inscribed with their name.