Archive | August, 2011

When you need a drastic change…

When you need a drastic change for your facility, I-5 Design can help. Our decor renovations accomplish dramatic facility upgrades with minimal downtime for operations. For the Seminole Casino project, we created a beautiful, high impact update that was a night and day difference. Our designers took the old and outdated building exterior and added custom decor elements and signage to add visual interest and far better identification. All of the custom décor elements where preassembled at our fabrication facility in Washington and shipped onsite in Florida. Our onsite implementation crew completed the transformation very efficiently, which minimized downtime to the casino. The end result of this project was a beautiful gaming facility with a dramatic and inviting exterior facade.

John W.
I-5 Project Blogger

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System Implementation

Pictures of in-shop manufacturing and systems

Implementing systems into every area of our company is something we are continually working towards. Systems can be useful in a variety of applications, for instance, safety, organization, product improvement and more. Each employee is required to learn, follow and improve the systems in place. Our shop foremen and production managers are continually enforcing these systems, leaving little room for mistakes or errors. Workflow becomes streamlined and downtime is minimized as each system is followed correctly, and improved upon. We call this process of product improvement “Kaizen”. It is a Japanese production philosophy that means, continuous, incremental, improvement. By following this system, we are creating a more profitable and productive work environment that results in a high-quality end product for our clients.

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LED Lighting

Photo compilation of color changing LED lighting system

LEDs are the best lights in the market. They are extremely bright, energy efficient, and some are even programmable, allowing for thousands of custom color choices and video files to be played through them. At I-5 Design & Manufacture, we’ve always used the best LEDs available, and with recent advances in this field we now use a new and brighter white LED, which is actually more cost effective. With our new I-5 UltraBright Lighting System we have over 130 lumens per foot, which is significantly higher than the average white LED, producing a cleaner, brighter, and better light. Our lighting specialists are continually looking for ways to improve our products so that we can give the best quality possible to our clients.

Jim H.
I-5 Design & Manufacture
Project Blogger

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Why use aluminum over other metals?

Photos of Comanche Nation Casino

Many of the decor items and signage we manufacture start as a sheet of aluminum. Aluminum material is light but sturdy and can be routed, welded, formed, painted, textured etc. By manufacturing a building facade out of aluminum, we can transform an exterior without actually changing the building structure. This lightweight material also allows us to build larger exterior signs and décor, helping your facility to get the most visibility possible. We have found that aluminum material gives us more options and helps us create bigger and better decor items and signage for any facility.

Bryan S.
I-5 Design & Manufacture
Production Employee

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Efficient Implementation Eliminates Customer Headaches

Venture Bank Exterior and Interior

I-5 Design has a proven track record of exceeding customer expectations for the atmosphere during the installation at their facility. We plan so your decor package can be implemented with no interruption to your customers or business. Safety and quality are our main focus which in turn creates the best environment for your employees and customers.

We worked with Vice President Stephanie Ursino to design, manufacture and install a new look for the interior and exterior appearance of Venture Bank locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Here is what she had to say about us.

“Having a group of guys climbing around in front of the doors all day could cause a real inconvenience for customers, but I-5 made it almost seamless and didn’t interfere with a single customer.”

Stephanie A. Ursino
Vice President
Venture Bank

John W.
I-5 Design & Manufacture
Project Blogger

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Warm Inviting Designs

Warm Inviting Designs

Whether it’s tropical, elegant, fast food or any other style, I-5 will ensure a high quality project while finishing on or ahead of schedule. With years of experience our designers are well-equipped in bringing out the existing character of your facility, and giving you the greatest return on your investment. Offering diverse and attractive looks in contrast to the mundane and repetitive, our designers can take a once-simple venue and transform it into a warm and inviting environment.

John W.
I-5 Design & Manufacture
Project Blogger

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High-Quality Welds

Choctaw Welding Photos

I am one of the welding technicians here at I-5 Design and welding is my part in contributing to the strength, longevity, and impact of each décor structure we produce. At our company, quality and service are the ideal and our department gets to use the most advanced welding equipment available to achieve this standard. Each welding technician is certified through WABO and AWS and trained to use microprocessor-controlled MIG and TIG power sources for in shop fabrication. This enables us to consistently produce the best weld integrity and visual appearance for each element. Whether it is custom sheeting or structural framing, our advanced equipment and technical ability allow us to consistently produce the highest quality welds possible and contribute to creating amazing products. I’m proud of the decor elements that we produce in my department and the contribution I get to bring to each project.

Josiah M.
I-5 Design & Manufacture
Welding Technician

 

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Finishing Department System

Photos of in shop letters with specialty finish

At I-5 Design and Manufacture, each department is continually upgrading their systems so that workflow is streamlined and downtime is minimized. The Finishing Department at I-5 Design has created an MDF priming system which ensures a smooth finish while cutting our prep time in half. The aisle signs for DeCA Carlisle are an example of this system’s successful implementation. MDF has a very coarse edge, which absorbs paint, creating a rough and discolored finish. Using the I-5 MDF priming system ensures a smooth finish consistent with the front of the object. Whether a high gloss metallic or an eggshell latex finish is desired, the I-5 MDF priming system is part of what creates our standout decor elements.

Todd R.
I-5 Design & Manufacture
Manager I-5 Finishes Department

 

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