Fourteen new wayfinding signs went up in downtown this week, directing visitors to businesses, parks and museums, and facilities like government buildings and public restrooms.
The signage will reduce sidewalk congestion by helping pedestrians reach destinations efficiently, City Engineering Project Manager Mark Epstein said, and boost visibility for businesses and attractions.
The signs were designed, built and installed by Blackmouth Design of Bainbridge Island. The Day Road environmental design-build firm was selected from among several potential sign vendors.
“Blackmouth were better suited for fabricating a custom design, they had a good resume and reputation as a branding firm, and they were willing to work with me to keep the project within budget,” Epstein said. “We made a good choice.”
The Bainbridge Island Downtown Association (BIDA) and Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) approached the City about improved wayfinding signs in 2019. The City worked through last year with BIDA, the Chamber and Blackmouth to develop designs and sign locations.
The new signage features the same green and gray palette found in the City of Bainbridge Island logo.
Rich Batcheller, Blackmouth owner, said he was pleased to work with the City on a project for community benefit and hopes to do more.
“Locations and messages were already ‘cooked,’ we just had to make them look cool,” Batcheller said. “I do think it’s going to be quite colorful and grab everybody’s attention. It’s going to be complicated to get lost.”
Blackmouth did the metal work for signs and poles in its Day Road shop, and kept subcontractors local where possible. Sign painting is by Modern Collision Rebuild of Bainbridge Island, with vinyl lettering and icons by Sound Reprographics.
The signs can be found on Winslow Way, Bjune Drive, Olympic Drive and Harborview Drive.
The project was awarded partial funding of $12,000 in October 2019 by the City’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC). The Council approved additional funding of $24,000 when it approved moving forward with the project for a total budget of $36,000.