FEBRUARY 6 2003
WALL MOUNTED SIGNS
10.1. General Information. Wall mounted identification signs supplement the freestanding
identification signs described elsewhere in this pamphlet. In some situations, wall mounted signs
better complement base architecture and reduce maintenance problems.
10.2. Usage. The base commander will decide if wall mounted signs are appropriate to the base. If
wall mounted signs are chosen, use them throughout the base. A sign master plan ensures that all
signs, whether freestanding or wall mounted, are installed in a systematic fashion.
10.3. Description. Wall mounted signs are made up of individual dimensional letters applied
directly to the surface of the wall. Letters are 12 mm to 25 mm (" to 1") deep, Helvetica medium
typeface. The depth separates them from the plane of the wall and gives them a crisp appearance,
while the Helvetica medium typeface relates to other Air Force signs.
10.4. Colors/Finishes. The color
of the letters should compliment the predominant color
the building while providing enough contrast with the background for visibility. Use a light-color or
bright metallic finish for the lettering on dark buildings and a standard brown or dark bronze finish
for the lettering on light colored buildings.
10.5. Materials. Several letter materials are available through sign manufacturers, such as rigid
foam with aluminum facing, PVC, etc. Letter materials should be selected based on durability,
architectural compatibility, cost effectiveness and ultimately, approval by the Sign Control Group.
10.6. Size. Since the letters are applied directly to the surface of the wall rather than to a background
panel, they must be of sufficient size to stand out against the architectural detail of the building. A
minimum 300 mm (12") capital letter height is specified for one and two story buildings, while
larger letters are used for larger buildings. Messages for wall mounted signs are limited to a
maximum of four words.
10.7. Placement. Placement of the message on the building wall is a matter of good judgment. The
following pages show several approaches. The base civil engineer should select the most appropriate
solutions for the architectural style of the buildings, and apply them consistently.