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Custom aluminum field markers signs

Discussion in 'Product and Supplier Referrals' started by Andy D, Aug 29, 2019.

  1. Andy D

    Andy D Very Active Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    Hattiesburg, MS
    I have been asked to quote a job for several custom aluminum field markers signs,
    the architect provides no specs and in the addendum basically says it's a typical sign
    and whatever is typically done :mad:

    Does anyone know is there are kits for these?

    Has anyone done signage similar to below? I'm assuming the top two panels are routed .080 or .125 aluminum, but might be a solid panel with vinyl?!?!?

  2. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

    Mar 12, 2005
    New England
    Yea, looks to be routed...but that assumes a lot. You need more details, like the colors & finish. They spec that for the poles but not the sign?
  3. 2B

    2B Moderator

    May 5, 2011
    Yes, more details are needed, also assuming routing.

    I would scope as tig welding tabs onto the poles and then routing the "signs" so the tabs and signs are a solid piece.
    Guessing they want the "signs" to be powder coated since the frame is being powder coated.

    reading the specs, have concerns about installation.
    • placing aluminum into the concrete
  4. Chriswagner92

    Chriswagner92 Member

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  5. rossmosh

    rossmosh Active Member

    Oct 9, 2014
    New Jersey
    Architects should not spec signs just like they shouldn't spec what type of kitchen cabinets you use.

    My experience is there are two ways to handle this job.

    1. You start a dialog and figure out what they actually want. If you build a report with them to the point where they think "This company can deliver what I want", the price might be less of a concern.

    2. Just price it with the right, cheap materials. At the end of the day, the architect is just trying to find a vendor, potentially just to close out their obligation on the job. Win the bid and then when it comes time to actually do the job, you'll offer them a "good, better, best" option package and let them ultimately decide.

    I'm genuinely baffled how professionals can consider this "bidding out a job". It's not even close to enough information.
  6. Andy D

    Andy D Very Active Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    Hattiesburg, MS
    It's different for me, I find public projects that lists a sign package and bid it to all of the contractors who are bidding the entire job. I have sent "clarifications" emails to architects and engineers prior to the bid several times,
    but have yet to receive a response. I'm a small cog in multi-million dollar projects and I imagine it gets crazy before a bid date.

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