Rippowam Cisqua School celebrated the school’s 100th academic year in 2017, raising generous donations through their Centennial Campaign that made possible the transformation of the upper campus with a new library, innovation center, science labs, art studio and more. Timely Signs Project Manager Joe Beichert and Graphic Designer Gillian Barnard toured the newly renovated spaces with RCS Centennial Campaign Manager Daphne Viders and a plan was formed to recognize the multiple donor levels through a variety of signage, lettering, and donor plaques.
The donor recognition program was designed to compliment the bright wide-open spaces and exposed wood beams in the new interior. Classrooms were dedicated to individual donors with dimensional lettering in a white-on-white scheme and printed glass etch films on door glass sidelights. Wall mounted plaques with laser etched aluminum plates were a fitting tribute to donors that contributed to the larger interior spaces. Outside, etched stainless steel plaques provided naming opportunities for each tier in the new amphitheater, and individual tree plaques offered additional gift recognition.
In addition to the donor recognition program, a corridor in the school was chosen as the location for a centennial history display. Caroline Mockridge, Director of Special Projects at RCS requested a semi-permanent installation that reflected the RCS aesthetic and highlighted the pillars of the RCS school experience. The finished display included historic photos presented thematically on wall mounted panels and a timeline graphic that extended along the length of the wall.