Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab, Virginia Tech Roanoke Center
The Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab at the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center opened in April 2019. This project presented a dilemma faced by many donor walls these days. They needed something to honor the current sponsors, but still have room to grow without making it look piecemeal.
Because it’s a maker space, the customer really wanted something fun and unique with the ability to be lighted. Due to time constraints of opening day, actually wiring the sign into the building’s electrical system was problematic. We were able to find a great solution with a battery powered LED lighting system, and an organic design with custom printed circles created and manufactured in house that feature pops of color and pictures as well as sponsors. When a new sponsor is secured the existing color circles can be replaced with the sponsor logo, and there is room for another 15+ circles of future growth.
Signage for Thinkabit
The lighted sign has a hidden aluminum box mounted on the wall that enables all the cords, cables, LEDs, and battery pack to be hidden from view. The circle you see is two layers; one custom routed PVC with a halo cut logo that allows the light to shine through, and one acrylic that has the actual logo on it. They were mounted over the aluminum box with brushed aluminum stand-offs to finish the look.
The rest of the donor wall sport laser cut circles that were direct printed with custom colors, pictures, and sponsor logos that can be rearranged and changed out as new donors are added to the space.
Their opening day presentation was a success, and we received a glowing review from our customer.
Thank you, again, for the incredible work you all did on the sign. I appreciate your innovative solution for the lighting and it looks better than I ever imagined. I love that it changes colors and is so fun! We received tons of compliments on it at the grand opening and I cannot wait to show it off when we have students around!
-Leigh Anne Stover Program Coordinator
The Thinkabit Lab experience is a one-day field trip that is currently open to sixth grade students. Program participation is funded by Qualcomm and our generous corporate sponsors, who are featured on this awesome sponsorship board created by Blue Ridge Sign & Stamp. To learn more about the Thinkabit Lab, visit www.vtrc.vt.edu/thinkabit (link will open in new window).