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EPA Center: An Arts Center in East Palo Alto

EPA Center is a new-construction, creative youth center in East Palo Alto, CA and the first Arts Center in this part of the Bay Area. It will serve as a space for youth to amplify their arts and design talents during and after school and throughout the summer.

The facility was built to LEED Platinum standards and designed in a way to promote sustainable use of the building as well. Part of Priority Architectural Graphic’s project scope were creating signs designed to alert occupants with a green light when the HVAC is not in use so windows can be opened to let in fresh air without wasting energy via heat or air conditioning.

A lot of the EPA Center’s signage is built at very specific angles – matching the incline of stairs, wrapping walls, matching angled light fixtures – so site surveys were mandatory for many of the facility’s signs. And being an art-centric facility, our team understood the critical importance that signage angles were perfectly executed since creative users will likely notice any imperfection or inconsistency in design and fabrication.

Designer/Architect
Atelier Cho Thompson
Contractor
Overaa
Year Completed
2020