Kalahari Resort is an African-themed waterpark resort in Sandusky, OH, with a $19 million conference and meetings facility called The Nia Center. Kalahari’s Nia Center is the only facility in the region to provide a complete conference experience that includes 95,000 sq. ft. of versatile function space including 596 guest rooms, eight dining options, a collection of unique retail shops, Spa Kalahari and a fully-equipped fitness center. The conference area features 25 meeting rooms, including a 17,200 sq. ft. grand ballroom, two 3,500 sq. ft. junior ballrooms, four unique African hut-inspired meeting rooms and an executive conference center. The state-of-the-art facility offers a dynamic menu of amenities to enhance the guest experience, including MeetingMatrix™, an online planning tool that enables meeting planners to plan, diagram and model their meeting plans from a virtual location.
The Nia Center required a comprehensive signage solution that would integrate seamlessly into its African-themed environment, distinguish The Nia Center brand, and reflect the center’s overall commitment to technology and business productivity. In addition to supporting the technology needs of the center, the desired solution would provide a comprehensive wayfinding program to provide directional assistance to guests. The overall implementation required quick and thorough process of planning and implementation to coincide with the grand opening of the facility.
ASI was enlisted to provide a comprehensive wayfinding solution that included interior static directional and ADA-Ready™ signs and exterior illuminated dimensional letters. Services included a complete, design, fabrication, and installation. The client’s goal was to have a total signage solution that complements the African theme through color and stylized graphic elements. ASI chose to use its modular, curved-face sign system, Pacific Interior™ to complement architectural features and meet the wayfinding needs of the center.
The interior signs include large facility maps, directionals, ADA-Ready™ room and restroom signs, projecting signs and dimensional letters. The exterior signs include two halo-lit logos that provide a powerful yet refined large-scale identification at night.
By utilizing ASI for its architectural signage needs, The Nia Center received a complete signage program that complements the look and feel of the facility and provide patrons a clear, updateable, and seamless information system.
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