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New Signage for McGuckin Hardware in Boulder

9th of September 2016 |   BSC Signs

BSC Signs installed new signage for McGuckin Hardware in Boulder, including three large LED displays.


When BSC Signs was selected by McGuckin Hardware in Boulder to create new exterior signage for their store, we knew just how important of a job it would be. We designed, built, and installed illuminated channel letter signs, and installed three large LED message center displays. We'll tell you more about the signs, but first here's a little background about the store.  

A Boulder Landmark

If you live in Boulder, you're probably a regular at McGuckin Hardware on Arapahoe Avenue. The 60,000 square foot store is a local landmark, and they've been in business since 1955. They call it "Boulder's Favorite Everything Store", and a walk through the aisles shows just how true that is. They stock over 200,000 items, all superbly organized, from electrical and plumbing items to sporting goods, pet supplies and tools. This is a one of a kind store, with just the one location. 

McGuckin Hardware is also known for its helpful and knowledgeable staff. Many have been serving customers at the store for ten years or more, and it has resulted in a base of loyal customers. According to their website, they have 250 employees. 


Behind the Green Vest

There's even a book about the McGuckin Hardware story. It's called "Behind the Green Vest", written by Colorado author Clay Bonnyman Evans and published in 2015. You can read Chapter One from the book here, and check out this photo album which shows the store over the years. 



Here's a short interview we recorded with Barry Hight, president of McGuckin Hardware. He explains why they upgraded their logo and signage, and talks about how they will use their new LED message center displays.


Upgrading the McGuckin Hardware Signage

The first part of the project was to replace the old existing signs. We replaced them with channel letters signs, using their new corporate logo. These channel letter signs have internal LED illumination that gives the store much improved visibility, especially at night. 





Preparing to Install the LED Displays

The first goal of the signage project was to make sure the store name was highly visible to passing traffic. The channel letter signs took care of that requirement, and with the new illuminated 3D letters, the store name is easy to see from a distance. The next step was the installation of the message center signs.

McGuckin Hardware wanted to be able to communicate special offers, events, and other information to anyone either coming into the store, or passing by. Our sign specialists recommended the installation of Daktronics LED displays. These electronic message center signs are programmable and allow store staff to easily customize messages.  

Daktronics is a South Dakota based company that is a world leader in large LED displays. If you've attended a professional sports event, you've no doubt seen one of their huge displays. Their regional sales staff came out to Boulder to meet with McGuckin Hardware managers and BSC Signs specialists. The decision was made to install three large Daktronics full color LED displays. 


Here's an interview we did with Tye Dato of Daktronics. In this video, he explains how Daktronics works with sign companies and their customers.

Here are the three displays and shrouds on the trailer. They've already been checked over at the BSC shop.





For each of the three panels, the BSC crew first installed mounting brackets on the wall and fed the power and data cables through, ready for connection to the LED display.





Installing the Message Center Displays

The next step was to very carefully raise the panels into position, attach them to the brackets, and connect the cables. The units were tested to make sure everything was working correctly before the panel covers were attached.






The installation of the illuminated channel letter signs and the LED displays is giving McGuckin Hardware a much more visible presence in their area.

Tye Dato from Daktronics came out to Boulder on the day of the installation and spent several hours with the staff, training them in the use of the LED displays. Daktronics and BSC Signs also provide ongoing support.

About BSC Signs

BSC Signs is Colorado's premier full-service sign company. Established in 1999, we provide a full range of sign services in Metro Denver and other Front Range cities, including Boulder and Colorado Springs. BSC Signs designs, fabricates, installs, and services a wide range of business signage. Follow us on Facebook to see our latest projects, or take a look at our sign gallery. Looking for a quote? Call our office at 303-464-0644. 





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