Seeking to make it easier for the public to find, and get around, the freshly renovated City Hall, Palo Alto plans to spend nearly $330,000 on signs, directories and a large monument in the coming weeks.
The City Council is scheduled to approve a contract on Monday night with Express Sign & Neon Inc. for the installation of wayfinding signs in and around the Hamilton Avenue building, as well as in City Hall's underground garage.
The contract includes $298,000 for creation and installation of signs, as well as a $30,000 contingency budget for any unforeseen work.
The signs are the newest component in City Hall's major renovation, a $4.5 million project that the council swiftly approved last year and also includes a new community room on the first floor, a new space for the Information Technology Department, a refurbished Council Chambers and a renovated lobby with a digital display.
The contract with Express Sign & Neon calls for installing exterior signs in the areas surrounding the building, including the plaza, garage entrances and exits, portals over the main lobby and the entrance to the Police Department.
The building's tinted-glass walls would be adorned with aluminum letters spelling out "city hall" at the entrance. Similarly, a sign saying "police" would be placed near the Forest Avenue entrance to the Police Department, according to a report that was reviewed last year by the Architectural Review Board. There would also be a large monument along Hamilton Avenue, near Bryant Street, according to a report from Public Works.
Inside the building, new signs would direct the public to room locations and departments. New building directories would also be installed in the building lobby and inside elevators.
The eight-story building would also now become a nine-story building, though defenders of the city's height limit need not be alarmed. The city plans to stop calling the building's Mezzanine level by its current name and start referring to it as "second floor" to reduce confusion. As a result of this change, the current floors two through eight will become floors three through nine, according to the report.