Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

KKA provided interior and exterior signage and wayfinding design services for the expansion project and the associated underground parking structure. Program elements include four levels of patient bed towers, two levels of ancillary space and two levels of underground parking. The 530,000 sq. ft. project focuses on the story of six California ecosystems: rocky shore, redwood forest, valley, high dessert, foothills and mountains. 


Location: Palo Alto; Client: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford; Architects: Perkins + Will, New York and HGA Architects & Engineers, San Francisco; Fabricator: interior: Thomas Swan Sign Co.exterior: Martinelli Environmental Graphics Photography: © Emily Hagopian (Images 1, 2, 4-8)


Stanford University, Denning House

The Denning House is a dedicated new home for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford University. The program’s goal is to develop a community of global leaders that will address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation. The Denning House is a warm and open space that serves as a convening hub for the scholars to gather as a community and exchange ideas. The building and donor signage program reflect the rich natural materials of the house, yet in a modest and unself-conscious way. The resulting solution supports the residential-like design vision for the project.

Location: Palo Alto,CA; Client: Stanford University; Architects: Ennead Architects; Fabricator: Martinelli Environmental Graphics


Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Donor Recognition

KKA worked on multiple donor recognition walls encompassing nine unique campaigns. Each installation elegantly acknowledges donors with a unique graphic setting and a playful twist that is fitting for a pediatric environment. 

Location: Palo Alto; Client: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford; Architects: Perkins + Will, New York and HGA Architects & Engineers, San Francisco; Fabricator: Thomas Swan Sign Co.

California Academy of Sciences​

The California Academy of Sciences celebrates a new kind of museum experience — one that is dynamic, thriving, interconnected and focused on the natural world. The building is uniquely a natural history museum, aquarium, planetarium and four-story rainforest, all housed under one living roof. KKA provided comprehensive way-finding design services for the LEED Platinum Certified project. The signage design is inspired by the established architectural vocabulary and the educational and environmentally sustainable culture of the Academy.

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: California Academy of Sciences; Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop/Stantec; Fabricators: Thomas Swan Sign Co. (code/wayfinding), WeidnerCA (exterior), Martinelli Environmental Graphics (donor); Photography: ©Tim Griffith (Images 1, 2)


Hoover Institution

The two-story, 55,000 gsf David and Joan Traitel Building will add new capacity in both offices and conferencing facilities in order to meet this demand for policy-oriented research and dissemination. The top floor will house the administrative headquarters of the Hoover Institution. The ground floor will be a major conferencing center, featuring the 400-seat Hauck Auditorium, named in honor of Everett “Sparky” Hauck and his wife, Jane, and Blount Hall, a dining-multipurpose room for 440, named in honor of Bill Blount.

Location: Standford, CA; Client: Standford University;
Architect: William Rawn Associates of Boston with help from Cody Anderson Wasney of Palo Alto: 
Fabricator: WeidnerCA: Photography: ©Tim Griffith

Sacramento Valley Station

Working with Amtrak and the Sacramento Historical Preservation Society, KKA provided interior, exterior, parking signage and a wayfinding program for the newly renovated 60,000 square foot train station. This system incorporates Amtrak standards with custom wayfinding signage, while integrating the historical character of the 1926 building. Modern technologies, including illuminated signage and digital screens facilitate a safer and more welcoming environment.

Location: Sacramento, CA; Owner: City of Sacramento
Department of Transportation; 
Architect: ZGF Architects Fabricator: Thomas Swan; Photography: ©Tim Griffith


San Francisco Federal Building​

KKA’s signage and wayfinding program is a response to Morphosis’ primary objectives of setting a bench­ mark for sustainable building design, the opening of the typical office environment, and creating an urban landmark. The utilization of energy-efficient skip-stop elevators promotes exercise and health as well as social interaction beyond the short elevator cab conversation. KKA’s program mirrored this conceptual thesis by employing a mass transit sign system aesthetic. The interior signage is reminiscent of a subway system map and sign program, utilizing both the graphic iconography and nomenclature.

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: United States General Services Administration Region 9; Architects: Morphosis/SmithGroupJJR;
Fabricator: AGI; Photography: ©Tim Griffith


181 Fremont

Standing at 70 stories and over 800 feet tall, 181 Fremont provides a new focal point for the San Francisco skyline. The high-rise includes 432,000 square feet of Class A+ office space and 67 luxury residences on the tower’s top 17 floors. Working closely with multiple architects and the Owner, KKA provided full signage design services for the project. The signage design contributes to the distinct identity and sense of place for both the residences and office spaces that share an address within this iconic architectural tower.

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: Jay Paul Company;
Architects: Heller Manus (Core & Shell), ODADA (Residence Interiors); 
Fabricator: WeidnerCA


Stanford Children's Health 
Specialty Services

As the first facility to fully implement Stanford Children’s Health’s new interior standards developed by HOK, KKA worked closely with the team to design a complete wayfinding and signage program fully integrated with the interiors palette. Color and custom themed graphics became critical components in directing patients to their correct destination and providing a welcoming environment. In addition, KKA’s thorough understanding of the client’s operational needs resulted in a program that allowed for maximum flexibility.

Location: Sunnyvale, CA; Client:Stanford Children's Health; Architect: HOK; Fabricator: WeidnerCA; Photography: ©David Wakely Photography


Kaiser Permanente
Mission Bay Medical Offices

KKA provided complete design services for the ground-up, 220,000 square foor medical office building and associated parking garage, implementing Kaiser signage standards in the nine-story building but also developing custom sign types to augment the standard sign program. KKA worked with the architectural constraints and long range views of the corridors, mounted the signage letters vertically at department entrances rather than the standard horizontal mounting and enlarged the flag identification signs for better visibility.

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: Kaiser Permanente; Architect: KMD Architects; Fabricator: Diverse ID; Photography: Michael O’Callahan Photography


James R. Herman Cruise Terminal
at Pier 27

KKA provided complete signage and identity design services for this modern cruise ship terminal. The building’s austere, working-waterfront aesthetic has been augmented with an undulating roofline and the sparkle of an accent of blue glazing. Working within spatial constraints of the project, KKA developed a slender and luminous wayfinding totem that utilizes transportation symbols to guide passengers through the embarkment and disembarkment process. Additionally, a large kinetically illuminated rooftop “Port of San Francisco” sign was developed exclusively for boat traffic on the bay.


Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: Port of SF; Architects: KMD Architects/ Pfau Long Architecture; Fabricator: Priority Architectural Graphics;  Photography: ©Jeffrey Galbraith (Image 2)


Sutter Health CPMC
Van Ness Campus

KKA provided full wayfinding and signage design for this 740,000 square foot, 274-bed hospital. This 12-story facility will house women’s, children’s, cardiology, oncology, emergency care and transplant departments. The dense urban location required a redesign of the exterior Sutter Standard utilizing a taller, sleeker monument, providing clear directions to the Emergency Department and underground parking. The interior wayfinding is seamlessly integrated with the interior finishes. 

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: Sutter Health; 
Architect: SmithGroupJJR;
 Fabricator: Arrow Sign Company

Sutter Health CPMC
Mission Bernal Campus

KKA provided full signage and wayfinding design services for the new Mission Bernal Campus. The former St. Luke’s Hospital has been reimagined as a 215,000 sf, 120-bed acute care facility with an expanding emergency department, expanded obstetrics and other clinical services. The new building opened ahead of schedule in August 2018. The project includes a Streetscape Master Plan in order to appropriately plan and design public realm improvements surrounding and 

within the campus. 

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: Sutter Health; Architect: SmithGroup JJR; Fabricator: Ellis & Ellis 


LightHouse for the Blind
and Visually Impaired

KKA developed a wayfinding and signage program that specifically responds to the unique requirements of the nonprofit organization’s clients, users and staff. The 45,000 sf space houses short-term residential facilities, training and community areas, and administrative support. The signage design goes beyond the legislated mandates of typical code, as it is accessible to a broad spectrum of people who have varying levels of visual impairment. As part of the design process, KKA produced mock-ups in multiple sizes and contrasting colors in order to best develop a system that would address all the needs of the client.

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: LightHouse for the

Blind and Visually Impaired; Architect: Mark Cavagnero Associates; Fabricator: Garnett; Photography: ©Jasper Sanidad Photography


The Presidio of San Francisco

The Presidio of San Francisco is a crown jewel within the National Parks system, is home to over 225 commercial and non-profit enterprises and has over 3,000 full time residents. KKA has worked with the Presidio Trust for almost a decade on signage planning and implementation of a park-wide signage program. Projects have included: Park-Wide Analysis and Master Plan, Signage Prototyping, Phase 1 & 2 Vehicular Signage Implementation, Presidio Promenade and Park Trail Signage, over 60 interpretive installations; Streetscape Plan for Crissy Field’s Mason Street, and Tenant Signage Guidelines.

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: Presidio Trust;
Fabricators: Martinelli Environmental Graphics, Winsor Fireform


Moffett Towers I and II

Kate Keating Associates provided design and consulting services for the development of site signage, exterior building signage and interior tenant signage standards for Moffett Towers I & II in Sunnyvale, adjacent to Moffett Federal Airfield. KKA worked closely with the project design team to develop a signage program appropriate for the unique image, architectural character, and setting of these projects. The scope for Moffett Towers I, included a site of 52  acres, seven mid-rise office buildings, a fitness center and cafe, and three parking structures. The scope for Moffett Towers II, included a site of 47 acres, five eight story towers, a fitness center, and three parking structures. 

Location: Sunnyvale, CA; Client: Jay Paul Company;
Architect: DES Architects; 
Fabricator: WeidnerCA

Moffett Gateway

Ideally located at the southeast corner of Moffett Park, Moffett Gateway is a 16-acre campus with two seven-story LEED Platinum office buildings and a freestanding garage and amenities building. Working closely with Jay Paul Company and DES Architects, KKA developed a signage program for the site, office buildings, fitness center, and parking garage, as well as monument signage for the site and tenant branding opportunities for the buildings themselves. The signage is designed to be unique, but also feel at home with Jay Paul Company’s adjacent developments.

Location: Sunnyvale, CA; Client: Jay Paul Company;
Architect: DES Architects; 
Fabricator: WeidnerCA


Mosso Apartments

The 464-unit Mosso Apartments is split between two adjacent buildings with distinct architectural palettes. 900 Folsom is inspired by a mid-century mod aesthetic, displaying bold color and geometry in its facade. 400 Clementina is a contemporary statement comprised of natural wood and steel materials. The project includes numerous lifestyle amenities that are shared by the residents of both buildings. KKA designed a signage program that is responsive, celebrates the character and ambiance of each building and also creates a cohesive structure for the program, helping to unify the project identity.

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: Essex Property Trust, Inc.; Architect: Architecture International; Fabricator: Martinelli Environmental Graphics; Photography: RMA Architectural Photography

Anderson Museum
KKA provided signage and wayfinding services for this museum facility, the new $30.5M home of the Anderson Collection of 20th Century American Art. The 33,000 gsf building houses one of the world’s most impressive private collections of modern and contemporary American art, which includes over 120 works by artists such as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and Frank Stella. The gift of the collection marks a major milestone in the Stanford arts initiative, a university-wide effort to increase support for the arts and creativity, including significant investments in new arts facilities, faculty positions and graduate fellowships, as well as new arts programs designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and engagement with the arts throughout campus.

Location: Standford, CA; Client: Standford University;
Architects: Ennead Architects; 
Fabricator: WeidnerCA;  Photography: ©Tim Griffith


Bing Concert Hall at
Stanford University

The Bing Concert Hall’s iconic and intuitive form provides an exceptional architectural and acoustic experience. This unconventional “theater-in-the-round” design created significant wayfinding challenges. KKA worked seamlessly with the architect, the primary donor and Stanford University to create an integrated wayfinding and identification signage program. Iterative prototyping studies were completed during the construction phase to ensure the effectiveness and success of the signage program.

Location: Stanford, CA; Client: Stanford University;
Architect: Ennead Architects; 
Fabricator: VKK Signmakers


Stanford Health Care, Emeryville

Stanford Health Care’s first outpatient facility in the East Bay is designed as a one-stop destination for its patients, providing both primary and multi-specialty care providers in the same location. Wayfinding and signage for the 90,000 sf Design/Build tenant improvement project combines the Stanford Health Care signage standard with custom integrated sign types while reinforcing the brand. KKA also developed a comprehensive exam room numbering system to support SHC’s Patient Pass System and provide a seamless patient and provider experience.

Location: Emeryville, CA; Client: Stanford Health Care;
Architect: KMD Architects; 
Fabricator: Ellis & Ellis Sign Systems Photography: DNK Digital


Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center

Stanford Health Care purchased a former tech company site and transformed the campus into a 270,000 square foot medical outpatient center. KKA worked closely with the architect to create an integrated wayfinding and signage system for the four-building campus. The signage reflects the high end, hospitality-inspired interiors while maintaining the integrity of the Stanford Health Care brand.

Location: Redwood City, CA; Client: Stanford Health Care;Architect: Stantec; Fabricator: WeidnerCA; Photography: Joe Fletcher Photography


College of Marin

KKA developed an Exterior Signage Master Plan and Interior Signage Standards for College of Marin’s two campuses. Originally an arboretum, the 27-acre Kentfield Campus is dense and urban, with historical landscape features, while the Indian Valley Campus is on 333 acres of open space comprised of bay and oak woodlands. The design of the Signage Master Plan was carefully developed to complement and unify the two campuses, strengthen campus borders and entrances and facilitate pedestrian wayfinding.

Location: Kentfield & Indian Valley, CA; Client: College of Marin/Swinerton Management Consulting; Landscape Architect: RHAA; Fabricators: VKK Signs, Western Sign Company


UC Irvine Douglas Hospital

The $556 million Douglas Hospital houses the latest technologies while providing a patient-focused healing environment. Kate Keating Associates provided signage design and wayfinding services for the seven-story building. Additionally, a donor recognition program was developed that included a donor wall and various building naming opportunities integrated into the wayfinding signage.

Location: Irvine, CA; Client: UC Irvine Medical Center;
Architect: HOK; 
Fabricator: WeidnerCA (donor);
Photography: Barry Schwartz Photography


Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford University provides accommodations and support for families with seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. KKA developed a donor recognition program for the funding of the facility’s expansion. The design is comprised of two kinetic components in an exterior courtyard garden; the sculptural pieces turn to the touch and are meant to engage families and reinforce the Client’s playful and whimsical project goals.

Location: Palo Alto, CA; Client: Ronald McDonald House; Architect: Steinberg; Fabricator: WeidnerCA;
Photography: ©Robert Canfield Photography


Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center

KKA provided full design services for the
rebuild of the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. A new 284-bed, 550,000 square foot inpatient building was constructed to meet current seismic requirements, enabling the City to continue providing acute care services to the community. The interior wayfinding utilizes recognizable images that reference San Francisco neighborhoods, assisting in memorable, color coded wayfinding through-out the building. The exterior signage was also updated to provide clear wayfinding in the dense urban environment. 

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: SF General Hospital/City and County of San Francisco; Architect: Fong + Chan; Fabricators: Martinelli Architectural Graphics (donor), Serigraphics and LaHue (wayfinding); Photography: ©David Wakely Photography


UC Berkeley Clark Kerr Campus

The University of California, Berkeley’s historic Clark Kerr Campus previously housed the California Schools for the Deaf and Blind. Today, student housing for over 800 under-graduates, as well as dining and conference facilities sprawls across the 25-acre, seven-building, hillside site. KKA upgraded site wayfinding and building identification signage for ADA compliance and better visibility while still reflecting the Mission Style architecture and park-like setting of the campus.

Location: Berkeley, CA; Client: University of California, Berkeley; Architect: EHDD; Fabricator: Ellis & Ellis


B.F. Sisk Courthouse Renovation

The significant signage components reflect the design of a primary feature of the architectural scheme, a landmark along one side of the principal transverse corridor. The floor directo­ries are literally built into the elevator lobby walls, and feature “life size” floor numerals. A flat screen digital display for the courtroom calendar is integrated into the courtroom identifi­cation sign.

Location: Fresno, CA; Client: Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts; Architect: SmithGroup JJR; Fabricator: WeidnerCA; Photography: ©Bruce Damonte


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