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Tri-Cities

Tri-Cities, a growing metropolitan area in southeast Washington where 300 sun filled days offer visitors a year round outdoor paradise. Fun in the sun is a way of life in the Tri-Cities–one reason it’s among of the most popular spots for Washington vacations. The Visit Tri-Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau began to roll-out their new brand identity and slogan “ Brighter Bolder Better”, with a new website and marketing materials, the natural next step was the development of a new wayfinding program that would help connect the 4 major cities of Pasco, Kennewick, Richland and West Richland.

In addition to the comprehensive wayfinding program, MERJE is assisting with developing the strategies for the administrative aspects of this regional wayfinding program, including management, maintenance and funding opportunities. The project includes gateways, orientation maps, vehicular and pedestrian elements that reflect the new brightly colored logo and the Tri-Cities outdoor experience.

St. Louis METRO

Cities, towns and communities understand in order to provide a higher quality of life and compete economically with other cities, an accessible, efficient and reliable transit system is a priority. The St. Louis METRO Wayfinding Audit looks to benchmark some of the most common practices from other sucessful multi-modal cities to see where Metro may improve their performance and make better connections to its users.

MERJE, with Daniel Boyle Associates has conducted a Wayfinding Audit that looks at all forms of communication and customer touch-points. Signage, information hierarchy, maps and terminology are all primary issues that are considered. The plan offers a series of recommendations and a phasing plan for implementation.

Spokane County, WA Map

Spokane County

Spokane is a vibrant city, with a roaring river that offers the best of urban living with a closeness to nature. White water rafting, Broadway shows and local wineries and craft breweries make this an exciting place to explore.

The Spokane Regional Wayfinding Program is a collaborative effort between Spokane County, the City of Spokane, City of Spokane Valley, City of Liberty Lake, West Plains Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Spokane, Washington Department of Transportation and the Spokane Regional Transportation Council.

The design incorporates natural materials, bright accent colors and opportunities to include artistic sculptural elements. Gateways will mark the entry to Spokane County, as well as each of the regional towns and districts. Within the City of Spokane color-coded directional signage will help guide visitors throughout the Districts.

Johnson City

Downtown Johnson City in Northeastern Tennessee is a place of uniqueness shaped by a sense of history, but not bound by the past. It offers a mixture of arts, cultures and faiths; education, entertainment, and tastes; business, government and emerging technologies; and opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship.

MERJE is developing a signage plan, which will provide unified gateways that welcome visitors, directional signs that lead to downtown, assist navigation to parking opportunities and create landmarks that provide orientation and express the character and culture of Johnson City. The project fosters a greater sense of connectivity, publicizes information about downtown amenities and events, and provides direction to attractions and activities throughout the community.

Huntington Beach Gateway

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach California offers 10 miles of uninterrupted beach, the most consistent waves on the West Coast, exceptional shopping and dining and a culture that is the quintessential SOCAL lifestyle.

MERJE has been hired by the HB Convention and Visitors Bureau to develop a comprehensive citywide wayfinding program. In addition to signage, MERJE recommendations include a mobile app for self-guided walking tours, landmark public art murals, and custom crosswalks, all of which reinforce the Surf City USA brand experience.

Design options for the wayfinding system are inspired by the classic surf culture, the natural environment and the soul and creative forces that enliven your HB experience. Translucency, light reflection, bold graphic patterns, natural materials and digital structures all have a place in the design concepts.

Delaware County Community College

Delaware County Community College is the center of educational opportunity in Delaware and Chester Counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As a result of the College’s growth, the current signage systems are functionally inadequate and lack a uniform standard of quality and image. To that end, the College’s Wayfinding and Signage Committee hired MERJE to plan and design a new Campus Signage Master Plan.

MERJE recommendations including a new approach to parking, building identification and room numbering. The design options reflect the character of the surrounding community and fit with in the natural landscape of the campus.

Capitol Riverfront Beauty Shot

Capitol Riverfront

Washington, DC’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood features one and a half miles of river frontage stretching north to the U.S. Capitol. Anchored by the Nationals Baseball Park, the district is a bustling business community and residential neighborhood during the day and active energetic entertainment district in the evenings and on weekends. Located around the Navy Yard Metro Station, the neighborhood is easily accessible and envisioned around multi-modal transportation that includes, public transit, bike share, ferries and pedestrian access.

MERJE has been retained to develop a comprehensive wayfinding program for the district that focuses on pedestrian elements, including information hubs, directional signage, maps and banners. Promoting the neighborhood identity is also a primary goal of the program. With extensive new development being planned, expandability, flexibility and long-term maintenance are part of the required design criteria.