El Camino Hospital is a multi-campus, not-for-profit organization located in the heart of Silicon Valley with hospital campuses in both Mountain View and Los Gatos, California. El Camino Hospital has served the South San Francisco Bay Area for nearly 50 years. The emphasis has always been an aggressive push for cutting edge technologies and the best medical staff. In fact, El Camino Hospital’s new Mountain View Campus was named the most technically advanced hospital in the world by Popular Science Magazine.
Due to this cutting edge technological background, only equally impressive signage would suffice. The initial design concepts were developed by Sage Brandworks, a multi-faceted design firm located in Lafayette, California. The entire El Camino Hospital brand was re-examined and culminated with a complete new image for the hospital. Part of this re-branding included concept designs for interior as well as exterior signage.
It was at this point that Hackley Architectural Signage (HAS) became involved in the interior signage portion of this new hospital. The complete scope of this project included consulting, planning, design development, project management, manufacturing, installation and aftercare for the newly constructed 5 story, 260 bed Mountain View Campus Main Hospital. But the first step included an evaluation of the project and the implementation of a global time line for its successful completion. Very quickly, it became apparent that the signage component of the project was significantly behind schedule. It was necessary for the typical time line for a project of this size to be cut in half in order to meet the hospital’s opening date.
As the manufacturer and the installer, HAS was able to value engineer the initial concept designs in order to achieve the desired high-end look at the most economic cost possible. Plus, as the sole-source provider, HAS was able to execute this with confidence in light of the very short time line.
By the time the hospital opened to the public, HAS was integral in the planning, manufacturing and installation of the complete interior signage program. This included thousands of signs ranging from ADA code compliant room signs, regulatory and informational signs, directional and wayfinding signs, branding and marketing signs as well as highly technical flat panel screen enclosures and internally illuminated donor recognition displays and freestanding monuments.