Archive | November, 2011

ENVY Nightlife at the Route 66 Casino

Photos of the ENVY Nightlife

We recently completed another project for the Route 66 Casino, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico – the ENVY Nightlife. The objective of this design was to create a vibrant and energetic atmosphere for the nightclub that would appeal to the 21-35 age demographic. To realize this vision, we designed a dramatic entrance with compelling signage and wall décor, which faces the gaming floor and draws attention to the exterior of the venue. Inside of the nightclub, the design is spectacular. Suspended from the ceiling is an incredible oval lighting element, which has over 400 lineal feet of direct-view LED tubes radiating outward from the center. This element is capable of displaying everything from large scale video to intricately designed effects that range from a pulsated heartbeat to a whirling cyclone in a starburst of intense color and movement. A four-tiered cornice dramatically frames the stage with a graceful curving shape and high-gloss specialty metal finish etched into it. Suspended from each winged cornice structure are chrome chain curtains that can be drawn back to display a secondary DJ Booth. Many types of light fixtures were designed to swirl around the dance floor creating another dimension as the light beams move through the haze. All of the lighting chosen for the nightclub is fully programmable and color changing, allowing for a variety of moods to be created. All of this and more work together to create an ever changing, amazing nightclub experience.

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Every color has a purpose

Photo of a casino color board
Making the right color choice for your venue is essential, and there are many factors that go into choosing the correct one. Different Colors produce different reactions in people, which is why it is extremely important for a designer to know just what color is needed in a particular design. Here are some examples of what different colors entail. Red is very vibrant and hot; it can indicate danger, which is the reason that stoplights and warning signs are red. However, it can be a very powerful accent color, and also used to portray strength, or passion. Yellow is often considered the brightest and most energizing color. Many times it is used to reflect sunshine, and cheerfulness; it can also be used to portray hope, as well draw extra attention to a specific object. Blue can be refreshing, strong, or peaceful, and often creates a soothing or cool atmosphere. You will see light blue in many doctor or dentists offices, because it is produces a reassuring environment. Those were just the primary colors, but every single color has emotion, or feelings attached to it, and should be thoughtfully chosen. When choosing colors for your venue and you wonder why they “just don’t look right”, try considering what the different colors are portraying, and you might have a simpler time choosing the perfect palette for your project.

Susan H.
I-5 Design
Project Blogger

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Custom Metal

Photos of various iMetal surfaces

One of the custom décor elements that we produce at I-5 Design & Manufacture, and incorporate into many of our designs is iMetal. iMetal is a specialty metal material that can be applied to a variety of surfaces or elements, and comes in limitless colors and patterns. Depending on the style of the venue, our designers create a customized design pattern utilizing state of the art technology that is then translated to production and applied to the material. At the beginning of the manufacturing stage, each piece of material is stored at room temperature to prevent oxidation, and is carefully examined to ensure that it is completely flawless. The sheet is then thoroughly treated and primed to ensure maximum vibrancy and reflectiveness for the finish look. Once the design is integrated into the aluminum, it is primed for the spray booth, in which it is painted and coated to the exact color specified by the designer. After the painting process is complete, what was once an unfinished sheet of aluminum is now a rare piece of art created specifically for your facility.

John W.
I-5 Design
Project Blogger

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The Importance of Systems

Interior aisle signage

During a recent project, our production crew was scheduled to manufacture 115 custom aisle markers for several different grocery store locations across the country. To accomplish this in the most time efficient manner, the project manager and production foremen created a step-by-step process that was simple and easy for the crew to follow. By developing an assembly line system, each member of the team was able to concentrate on a specific task; preparing their part and repeating the necessary steps exactly the same way each time, thereby maximizing efficiency without compromising quality. As the production managers and shop foremen develop and oversee these systems, individual members of the team also have the authority to suggest improvements to the system or stop the assembly line if they see a problem. Following these steps correctly ensures that every location is provided with the same high quality product every time, and that there is no deviation from the uniform design of each store.

Jim H.
I-5 Design
Project Blogger

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Ensuring quality through Research & Development

Research & Development: “Discovering new knowledge about products, processes, and services, and then applying that knowledge to create new and improved products, processes, and services that fill market needs.”

In an industrious and fast-paced economy, companies must be continually finding new ways to fill needs if they want to succeed. We at I-5 Design & Manufacture are constantly searching for new techniques and strategies to keep our customer base growing. One of the first additions that we have added, as a result of research and development, is the Waterjet cutter. This machine uses jet-powered water to cut through a variety of materials including stone, glass, plastic and more; it can even cut through six inches of steel. Waterjet cutting allows for more accurate cuts and cleaner edges, resulting in higher quality signage and décor for our customers. Through research & development, we are able to ensure that our customers receive the best, and only the best quality for every application and environment.

John W.
I-5 Design
Project Blogger

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Efficient Installation

If you owned a venue and were scheduled to have a large-scale remodel, you would have a lot on your mind – Will we need to close down? How long until we can re-open? Will the installation crew inconvenience patrons? At I-5 Design and Manufacture, we always put our clients concerns first. This means that we create systems to enhance the quality and efficiency of every installation that we do. Before we begin a remodel, we study the location and lay out a detailed, step-by-step plan so that the venue is able to remain open or little downtime is caused during the entire process. Accurate and methodical planning is key to a successful installation and starts at the beginning of each project. Before going on-site, the project manger conducts several meetings with the installers to analyze the project so that every detail is taken care of before the installation has even begun. The shop crewmembers are also directly involved with making the project go smoothly. The way that each décor element is loaded into the trucks is done in a systematic way so that when on-site, each piece comes out in the order that it is to be applied. As each step and system is followed correctly, timeframe can be greatly reduced and a higher-quality end product is achieved.

Jim H.
I-5 Design
Project Blogger

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Venti’s Cafe & Taphouse

Photos of Venti's Cafe & Taphouse

The Venti’s Cafe & Taphouse, located in southern Salem, Oregon offers a variety of menu choices, as well as a contemporary design style that complements the cuisine very effectively. With the use of a primarily orange hued color palette, the interior has a modern atmosphere that corresponds with the natural materials to produce a warm and urban feel. Wave shaped wooden panels with a vertical grain elongate the look of the ceiling while the staggered formation adds depth and dimension. The same pattern is used on the bar facing, so as to create a uniform and aesthetically pleasing look and feel. To produce an industrial flare, stained concrete flooring was chosen, which is simple and balances the bold and fresh décor elements. Some of the most interesting features of the café are the light fixtures. Various contemporary fixtures of different shapes and colors were placed at specific places throughout the interior to provide unique focal points and entertainment for customers. The overall ambiance of Venti’s is inviting as well as energetic, combining great food and design for locals and visitors to enjoy.

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