Established in 1977, Wm. Whiteley Limited is a design-build company specializing in developing and manufacturing superior quality education signage, wayfinding and sign systems. We have over 30 years experience working with the interior design, architectural and facility management communities on literally hundreds of projects throughout all major industry and business segments. Our many clients have included colleges and universities; healthcare facilities; airport & transportation terminals; hotels; sports facilities & spas; public buildings; and corporate and retail facilities. We offer end-to-end services including product design, interior and outdoor wayfinding & sign system planning, graphic design, prototyping, manufacturing, and installation.
What a good wayfinding system can do...
A good wayfinding system (including directional, informational, identification, and safety and security signage) helps all facility users to save valuable time, while reducing stress and encouraging self-reliance. It also enhances building and personnel safety and security.
Challenges faced by Educational Facilities in specifying signage...
Multiple User Groups
Signage specified for education facilities must effectively address the needs of a diverse user population likely to include regular staff and students; parents, temporary staff; contract or trades employees; as well as other occasional visitors. Considerations include such issues as:
- Student age (preschool to university)
- Language (spoken language and skill level)
- Special physical needs (sight, mobility and other challenges)
Safety and Security
To ensure the safety and security of all facility users, appropriate information regarding day-to-day rules and regulations, updates or notices, and emergency routines or conditions must be readily available. The critical nature of this information makes it essential that signage be tamper resistant and building code compliant.
Flexibility of Updating
Many signs required by education facilities require frequent updating (i.e. special event notices; activity boards; advice of special or temporary/emergency conditions, etc.). Ease of updating, ongoing costs, & security of contents are critical considerations in selecting signage (see Permanent or Changeable below).
Ease of Maintenance
In order to stand up to heavy traffic and use, signs specified for education facilities must be hard wearing, tamper resistant, compatible with products required for cleaning and easily maintained.
Why choose Education Signage by Wm. Whiteley Limited?
Industrial designer Bill Whiteley has created a range of interior & exterior sign products renowned for their functionality, aesthetic simplicity & user-friendly attributes. These products can be used individually or as a base from which to build a complete wayfinding program.
- Complete Facility Signage - Indoors & Outdoors
Our indoor & outdoor signage systems offer comprehensive identity and wayfinding systems including signs designed to support information, direction, identification and safety and security needs. Help and Support Available
Whether you need assistance in defining your requirements or in ensuring that the signage you select is customized to reinforce your brand, our professional & experienced staff are available to work with you to ensure the success of your project.
Our office systems include both permanent and changeable options. Proven, practical and minimal, our sign products are designed to easily integrate with any interior finishes, from contemporary to traditional. Components have been designed to complement one another in scale, allowing you to mix and match, selecting the right sign for the job every time.
Our Office signs are proof that quality and affordability can go hand-in-hand. We are pleased to provide quotations for projects of any size.
- Standard and Custom Colours and Finishes Available
We offer standard colours and finishes as well as custom options.
- American Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliant
Our signs can be manufactured to meet ADA standards & other barrier free requirements for public facilities including raised letter and pictograms, contrasting colours, Grade 2 Braille, installation height, etc.
- Maintenance and Durability
Made from powder-coated steel and / or high quality acrylic with silk-screened borders, our office signs are designed with ease of care in mind. Signs are tough, durable and easily maintained by cleaning and facilities staff.
- Ready to Install
Both indoor and outdoor signs are shipped assembled and ready to install following the simple instructions provided.
Permanent or Changeable?
Based on its content or purpose, signage may have text that is unlikely to change over time, for example: lobby directories, room numbers and department identification, mandatory safety and security information, floor numbers, washroom facilities, parking & traffic flow information, etc. On the other hand, signs such as office or workstation signs including employee names and titles, signs advising of temporary conditions, etc may require more frequent updating. Wm. Whiteley Limited designs and manufactures signs and sign systems which can accommodate the need for both permanent and changeable text. Our changeable signs are designed to hold paper inserts which can be updated virtually instantaneously using on site computers and printers. Let us work with you to develop a sign schedule identifying the types and content of signs required for your project.