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Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Clearstory provided interior and exterior signage and wayfinding design services for the expansion project and the associated underground parking structure. Program elements include four levels of patient bed towers, two levels of ancillary space and two levels of underground parking. The 530,000 sq. ft. project focuses on the story of six California ecosystems: rocky shore, redwood forest, valley, high desert, foothills, and mountains. 


Location: Palo Alto; Client: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford; Architects: Perkins + Will, New York and HGA Architects & Engineers, San Francisco; Fabricator: interior: Thomas Swan Sign Co.exterior: Martinelli Environmental Graphics Photography: © Emily Hagopian (Images 1, 2, 4-8)

Denning House
Stanford University, Denning House

The Denning House is a dedicated new home for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford University. The program’s goal is to develop a community of global leaders that will address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation. The Denning House is a warm and open space that serves as a convening hub for the scholars to gather as a community and exchange ideas. The building and donor signage program reflects the rich natural materials of the house, yet in a modest and unself-conscious way. The resulting solution supports the residential-like design vision for the project.

Location: Palo Alto,CA; Client: Stanford University; Architects: Ennead Architects; Fabricator: Martinelli Environmental Graphics

LPCH Donor Wall
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Donor Recognition

Clearstory worked on multiple donor recognition walls encompassing nine unique campaigns. Each installation elegantly acknowledges donors with a unique graphic setting and a playful twist that is fitting for a pediatric environment. 

Location: Palo Alto; Client: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford; Architects: Perkins + Will, New York and HGA Architects & Engineers, San Francisco; Fabricator: Thomas Swan Sign Co.

Hoover Institution​, Traitel Building

The two-story, 55,000 gsf David and Joan Traitel building added administrative offices and conference facilities for the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Clearstory’s design seamlessly merged the building’s rich material palette with the Institution’s brand and archive of war and peace materials from the 20th and 21st centuries into its flagship building.  The program includes a glass wall spanning the entire length of the public pavilion that chronicles the institution's history, custom wall coverings of curated and abstracted political posters, and a series of “spotlights” on key past fellows. 

Location: Stanford, CA; Client: Stanford University;
Architect: William Rawn Associates of Boston with help from Cody Anderson Wasney of Palo Alto: Fabricator: WeidnerCA: Photography: ©Tim Griffith

California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences celebrates a new kind of museum experience — one that is dynamic, thriving, interconnected and focused on the natural world. The building is uniquely a natural history museum, aquarium, planetarium, and four-story rainforest, all housed under one living roof. Clearstory provided comprehensive way-finding design services for the LEED Platinum Certified project. The signage design is inspired by the established architectural vocabulary and the educational and environmentally sustainable culture of the Academy.

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: California Academy of Sciences; Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop/Stantec; Fabricators: Thomas Swan Sign Co. (code/wayfinding), WeidnerCA (exterior), Martinelli Environmental Graphics (donor); Photography: ©Tim Griffith (Images 1, 3)

Sacramento Valley Station

Working with Amtrak and the Sacramento Historical Preservation Society, Clearstory provided interior, exterior, parking signage and a wayfinding program for the newly renovated 60,000 square foot train station. This system incorporates Amtrak standards with custom wayfinding signage while integrating the historical character of the 1926 building. Modern technologies, including illuminated signage and digital screens, facilitate a safer and more welcoming environment.

Location: Sacramento, CA; Owner: City of Sacramento
Department of Transportation; Architect: ZGF Architects

Fabricator: Thomas Swan; Photography: ©Tim Griffith

Stanford University, Anderson Museum
Clearstory provided signage and wayfinding services for this museum facility, the new $30.5M home of the Anderson Collection of 20th Century American Art. The 33,000 gsf building houses one of the world’s most impressive private collections of modern and contemporary American art, which includes over 120 works by artists such as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and Frank Stella. 

Location: Stanford, CA; Client: Stanford University;
Architects: Ennead Architects; Fabricator: WeidnerCA;  Photography: ©Tim Griffith

SF Federal
San Francisco Federal Building​

Clearstory’s signage and wayfinding program is a response to Morphosis’s primary objectives of setting a bench­mark for sustainable building design, the opening of the typical office environment and creating an urban landmark. The utilization of energy-efficient skip-stop elevators promotes exercise and health as well as social interaction beyond the short elevator cab conversation. Clearstory’s program mirrored this conceptual thesis by employing a mass transit sign system aesthetic. The interior signage is reminiscent of a subway system map and sign program, utilizing both the graphic iconography and nomenclature.

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: United States General Services Administration Region 9; Architects: Morphosis/SmithGroupJJR;
Fabricator: AGI; Photography: ©Tim Griffith

181 Fremont
181 Fremont​

Standing at 70 stories and over 800 feet tall, 181 Fremont provides a new focal point for the San Francisco skyline. The high-rise includes 432,000 square feet of Class A+ office space and 67 luxury residences on the tower’s top 17 floors. Working closely with multiple architects and the Owner, Clearstory provided
full signage design services for the project. The signage design contributes to the distinct identity and sense of place for both the residences and office spaces that share an address within this iconic architectural tower.

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: Jay Paul Company;
Architects: Heller Manus (Core & Shell), ODADA (Residence Interiors); Fabricator: WeidnerCA

Stanford Sunnyvale
Stanford Children's Health 
Specialty Services

​As the first facility to fully implement Stanford Children’s Health’s new interior standards developed by HOK, Clearstory worked closely with the team to design a complete wayfinding and signage program fully integrated with the interiors palette. Color and custom themed graphics became critical components in directing patients to their correct destination and providing a welcoming environment. In addition, Clearstory’s thorough understanding of the client’s operational needs resulted in a program that allowed for maximum flexibility.

Location: Sunnyvale, CA; Client: Stanford Children's Health;

Architect: HOK; Fabricator: WeidnerCA;

Photography: ©David Wakely Photography

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Kaiser Permanente
Mission Bay Medical Offices

Clearstory provided complete design services for the ground-up, 220,000 square foot medical office building and associated parking garage, implementing Kaiser signage standards in the nine-story building but also developing custom sign types to augment the standard sign program. Clearstory worked with the architectural constraints and long-range views of the corridors, mounted the signage letters vertically at department entrances rather than the standard horizontal mounting and enlarged the flag identification signs for better visibility.

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: Kaiser Permanente;
Architect: KMD Architects; Fabricator: Diverse ID; Photography: Michael O’Callahan Photography

James R. Herman Cruise Terminal
at Pier 27

Clearstory provided complete signage and identity design services for this modern cruise ship terminal. The building’s austere, working-waterfront aesthetic has been augmented with an undulating roofline and the sparkle of an accent of blue glazing. Working within spatial constraints of the project, Clearstory developed a slender and luminous wayfinding pylon that utilizes transportation symbols to guide passengers through the embarkment and disembarkment process. Additionally, a large kinetically illuminated rooftop “Port of San Francisco” sign was developed exclusively for boat traffic on the bay.

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: Port of SF; Architects:
KMD Architects/Pfau Long Architecture; Fabricator: Priority Architectural Graphics;  Photography: ©Jeffrey Galbraith (Image 1)

©David Wakely (Image2 and 4)

Sutter Health CPMC
Van Ness Campus

Clearstory provided full wayfinding and signage design for this 740,000 square foot, 274-bed hospital. This 12-story facility houses women’s, children’s, cardiology, oncology, emergency care, and transplant departments. The dense urban location required a redesign of the exterior Sutter Standard utilizing a taller, sleeker monument, providing clear directions to the Emergency Department and underground parking. The interior wayfinding is seamlessly integrated with the interior finishes. 

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: Sutter Health; 
Architect: SmithGroup;
 Fabricator: Arrow Sign Company; Photography: Kyle Jeffers

CPMC Mission Bernal
Sutter Health CPMC
Mission Bernal Campus

Clearstory provided full signage and wayfinding design services for the new Mission Bernal Campus. The former St. Luke’s Hospital has been reimagined as a 215,000 sf, 120-bed acute care facility with an expanding emergency department, expanded obstetrics, and other clinical services. The new building opened ahead of schedule in August 2018. The project includes a Streetscape Master Plan to appropriately plan and design public realm improvements surrounding and within the campus. 

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: Sutter Health; Architect: SmithGroup JJR; Fabricator: Ellis & Ellis 

The Presidio of San Francisco​

The Presidio of San Francisco is a crown jewel within the National Parks system, is home to over 225 commercial and non-profit enterprises and has over 3,000 full-time residents. Clearstory has worked with the Presidio Trust for almost a decade on signage planning and implementation of a park-wide signage program. Projects have included: Park-Wide Analysis and Master Plan, Signage Prototyping, Phase 1 & 2 Vehicular Signage Implementation, Presidio Promenade and Park Trail Signage, over 60 interpretive installations; Streetscape Plan for Crissy Field’s Mason Street, and Tenant Signage Guidelines.

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: Presidio Trust;
Fabricators: Martinelli Environmental Graphics, Winsor Fireform

Moffett Towers I and II
Moffett Towers I and II

Clearstory provided design and consulting services for the development of site signage, exterior building signage, and interior tenant signage standards for Moffett Towers I & II in Sunnyvale, adjacent to Moffett Federal Airfield. Clearstory worked closely with the project design team to develop a signage program appropriate for the unique image, architectural character, and setting of these projects. The scope for Moffett Towers I, included a site of 52 acres, seven mid-rise office buildings, a fitness center, a cafe, and three parking structures. The scope for Moffett Towers II, included a site of 47 acres, five eight-story towers, a fitness center, and three parking structures. 

Location: Sunnyvale, CA; Client: Jay Paul Company;
Architect: DES Architects; 
Fabricator: WeidnerCA

Moffett Gateway
Moffett Gateway

Ideally located at the southeast corner of Moffett Park, Moffett Gateway is a 16-acre campus with two seven-story LEED Platinum office buildings and a freestanding garage and amenities building. Working closely with Jay Paul Company and DES Architects, Clearstory developed a signage program for the site, office buildings, fitness center, and parking garage, as well as monument signage for the site and tenant branding opportunities for the buildings themselves. The signage is designed to be unique, but also feel at home with Jay Paul Company’s adjacent developments.

Location: Sunnyvale, CA; Client: Jay Paul Company;
Architect: DES Architects; Fabricator: WeidnerCA

Tunnel Tops
Presidio Tunnel Tops Donor Circle

This new 14-acre Presidio Tunnel Tops park connects visitors from around the world with nature and inspiring views of the Bay Area, “replacing freeway with free play.” In addition to programming and implementing existing code and wayfinding Presidio signage standards, Clearstory designed donor recognition features to honor major contributors to the creation of the public park while simultaneously considering environmental conditions to produce elegant yet durable monuments. Pre-weathered cypress reclaimed from the project site draped with cascading panels of oxidized etched bronzes serves as a thoughtful, minimalist design solution.


Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: The Presidio Trust;  Landscape Architect: James Corner Field Operations; 

Fabricator: Martinelli Environmental Graphics/Swinerton

LightHouse for the Blind
and Visually Impaired

Clearstory developed a wayfinding and signage program that specifically responds to the unique requirements of the nonprofit organization’s clients, users and staff. The 45,000 sf space houses short-term residential facilities, training and community areas, and administrative support. The signage design goes beyond the legislated mandates for the visually impaired and addresses a broader spectrum of people who have varying levels of visual impairment. As part of the design process, Clearstory produced prototypes in multiple sizes and contrasting colors and tested the efficacy of the design with the Lighthouse stakeholders. 

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: LightHouse for the

Blind and Visually Impaired; Architect: Mark Cavagnero Associates; Fabricator: Garnett; Photography: ©Jasper Sanidad Photography

Netflix Corporate Headquarters

The environmental graphics highlight Netflix’s core product and support their culture by displaying memorable images and snippets of dialogue from popular films. Clearstory provided design services for the original headquarters buildings and subsequent expansion projects
to accommodate the company’s growth.

Location: Los Gatos, CA; Client: Netflix;
Architect: Form 4 Architects; Fabricator: WeidnerCA;
Photography: ©Robert Canfield Photography

Mosso Apartments

The 464-unit Mosso Apartments is split between two adjacent buildings with distinct architectural palettes. 900 Folsom is inspired by a mid-century mod aesthetic, displaying bold color and geometry in its facade. 400 Clementina is a contemporary statement comprised of natural wood and steel materials. The project includes numerous lifestyle amenities that are shared by the residents of both buildings. Clearstory designed a responsive signage program that celebrates the character and ambiance of each building, and creates a cohesive structure for the program, helping to unify the project identity.

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: Essex Property Trust, Inc.; Architect: Architecture International; Fabricator: Martinelli Environmental Graphics; Photography: RMA Architectural Photography

Bing Concert Hall at
Stanford University

The Bing Concert Hall’s iconic and intuitive form provides an exceptional architectural and acoustic experience. This unconventional “theater-in-the-round” design created significant wayfinding challenges. Clearstory worked seamlessly with the architect, the primary donor and Stanford University to create an integrated wayfinding and identification signage program. Iterative prototyping studies were completed during the construction phase to ensure the effectiveness and success of the signage program.

Location: Stanford, CA; Client: Stanford University;
Architect: Ennead Architects; Fabricator: VKK Signmakers

Stanford Emeryville
Stanford Health Care, Emeryville

Stanford Health Care’s first outpatient facility in the East Bay is designed as a one-stop destination for its patients, providing both primary and multi-specialty care providers in the same location. Wayfinding and signage for the 90,000 sf Design/Build tenant improvement project combines the Stanford Health Care signage standard with custom integrated sign types while reinforcing the brand. Clearstory also developed a comprehensive exam room numbering system to support SHC’s Patient Pass System and provide a seamless patient and provider experience.

Location: Emeryville, CA; Client: Stanford Health Care;
Architect: KMD Architects; Fabricator: Ellis & Ellis Sign Systems

Photography: DNK Digital

Stanford Medicine Outpatient
Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center

Stanford Health Care purchased a former tech company site and transformed the campus into a 360,000 square foot medical outpatient center. Clearstory worked closely with the architect to create an integrated wayfinding and signage system for the four-building campus and adjacent 300-car parking structure. The signage reflects the high end, hospitality-inspired interiors while maintaining the integrity of the Stanford Health Care brand.

Location: Redwood City, CA; Client: Stanford Health Care; Architect: Stantec (Pavilion A-C), ZGF (Pavilion D and Parking Structure); Fabricator: WeidnerCA (Pavilion A-C), Ellis & Ellis Sign Co. (Pavilion D and Parking Structure); Photography: Joe Fletcher Photography (Pavilion A-C), David Wakely Photography (Pavilion D and Parking Structure)

College of Marin

Clearstory developed an Exterior Signage Master Plan and Interior Signage Standards for College of Marin’s two campuses. Originally an arboretum, the 27-acre Kentfield Campus is dense and urban, with historical landscape features, while the Indian Valley Campus is on 333 acres of open space comprised of bay and oak woodlands. The design of the Signage Master Plan was carefully developed to complement and unify the two campuses, strengthen campus borders and entrances and facilitate pedestrian wayfinding.

Location: Kentfield & Indian Valley, CA; Client: College of Marin/Swinerton Management Consulting; Landscape Architect: RHAA; Fabricators: VKK Signs, Western Sign Company

Moffett Place

This intelligently designed, state of the art, 1.9 square foot workplace campus includes six, eight-level office buildings with a world-class fitness center located on a beautifully planned 55-acre site. Clearstory created a signage program that is thoughtfully integrated into the site and building design, while also providing tenants valued identification and branding opportunities and a wayfinding system that supports work-place efficiency. Moffett Place is one of five Class A office parks Clearstory has collaboratively developed with Jay Paul Company and DES Architects


Location: Sunnyvale, CA; Client: Jay Paul Company;
Architect: DES Architects; 
Fabricator: Arrow Sign Company

UC Irvine Douglas Hospital
UC Irvine Douglas Hospital

The $556 million Douglas Hospital houses the latest technologies while providing a patient-focused healing environment. Clearstory provided signage design and wayfinding services for the seven-story building. Additionally, a donor recognition program was developed that included a donor wall and various building naming opportunities integrated into the wayfinding signage.


Location: Irvine, CA; Client: UC Irvine Medical Center;
Architect: HOK; 
Fabricator: WeidnerCA (donor);
Photography: Barry Schwartz Photography

Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford University provides accommodations and support for families with seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Clearstory developed a donor recognition program for the funding of the facility’s expansion. The design is comprised of two kinetic components in an exterior courtyard garden; the sculptural pieces turn to the touch and are meant to engage families and reinforce the Client’s playful and whimsical project goals.


Location: Palo Alto, CA; Client: Ronald McDonald House; Architect: Steinberg; Fabricator: WeidnerCA;
Photography: ©Robert Canfield Photography

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center

Clearstory provided full design services for the
rebuild of the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. A new 284-bed, 550,000 square foot inpatient building was constructed to meet current seismic requirements, enabling the City to continue providing acute care services to the community. The interior wayfinding utilizes recognizable images that reference San Francisco neighborhoods, assisting in memorable, color-coded wayfinding through-out the building. The exterior signage was also updated to provide clear wayfinding in the dense urban environment. 

Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: SF General Hospital/City

and County of San Francisco; Architect: Fong + Chan;
Fabricators: Martinelli Architectural Graphics (donor), Serigraphics and LaHue (wayfinding); Photography: 
©David Wakely Photography

UC Berkeley Clark Kerr
UC Berkeley Clark Kerr Campus

The University of California, Berkeley’s historic Clark Kerr Campus previously housed the California Schools for the Deaf and Blind. Today, student housing for over 800 under-graduates, as well as dining and conference facilities sprawls across the 25-acre, seven-building, hillside site. Clearstory upgraded site wayfinding and building identification signage for ADA compliance and better visibility while still reflecting the Mission Style architecture and park-like setting of the campus.


Location: Berkeley, CA; Client: University of California, Berkeley; Architect: EHDD; Fabricator: Ellis & Ellis

B.F. Sisk
B.F. Sisk Courthouse Renovation

The significant signage components reflect the design of a primary feature of the architectural scheme, a landmark along one side of the principal transverse corridor. The floor directo­ries are built into the elevator lobby walls and feature “life-size” floor numerals. A flat-screen digital display for the courtroom calendar is integrated into the courtroom identifi­cation sign.


Location: Fresno, CA; Client: Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts; Architect: SmithGroup JJR; Fabricator: WeidnerCA; Photography: ©Bruce Damonte

Grand Hyatt
SFO Grand Hyatt

The Grand Hyatt at SFO is a world-class airport hotel with a direct connection to SFO via AirTrain. With approximately 350 guest rooms, the hotel offers high-end meeting spaces, event spaces, fitness and spa center, lounges, and full-service dining and beverage experiences. Clearstory developed a custom interior and exterior signage program for the hotel, working closely with the design team to integrate signage with the architecture and color palette, which references local materials and landscapes unique to San Francisco. Material and light are key elements of the signage family to reinforce the design goals of the public spaces.


Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: San Francisco International Airport; Architect: Hornberger + Worstell; Interiors: Brayton Hughes Design Studios, Puccini Group

Crane Cove Park
Crane Cove Park

Crane Cove Park is located within the historic Pier 70 shipbuilding district, along the southeast waterfront of San Francisco. The park was designed with many modern park features yet also incorporates historic industrial artifacts, including a ship slipway, two large cranes, ship cribbing and many smaller artifacts. Clearstory developed a signage and interpretive program that authentically references the industrial context of the site, including a hand-painted six-foot park identification sign mounted onto the historic building 49, the use of simple c-channel vertical supports and the incorporation of interpretive signage into site furnishings.   


Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: Port of San Francisco; Architect: AECOM; Interpretive Graphic Standards: Macchiatto

SFO Long Term Pkg
SFO Long Term Parking

Clearstory developed a comprehensive signage program for SFO’s Long Term Parking Garage No. 2. The new multilevel above-ground parking structure increases the Airport’s long-term parking capacity by a net 3,600 spaces. LTPG2 will also be joined to the existing LTPG1 with a vehicular and pedestrian bridge, allowing for circulation to a future AirTrain platform. The scope of work includes building identification, wayfinding, code, room identification, and operational signage for the project. Clearstory also coordinated extensively with the parking guidance system consultant on the placement of digital signage and possible opportunities for integration with static wayfinding.


Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: San Francisco International Airport; Architect: DLR Group/Kwan Henmi, FMG Architecture

Stanford Medicine
Stanford Medicine Exterior Wayfinding Master Plan

Clearstory developed a complete wayfinding analysis and exterior signage master plan for the Stanford Medicine campus. Clearstory worked closely with representatives from all major stakeholder groups, including Stanford Health Care, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, School of Medicine, and Stanford University to solicit input and ensure all entities were properly represented on campus. Clearstory generated a series of diagrams and exhibits that facilitated informed discussions and decisions between stakeholders. The next steps were to formalize all stakeholder decisions in a final assessment report and schematic designs were developed for final implementation by the end of 2019.


Location: Palo Alto, CA; Client: Stanford Medicine

SFO Terminal 1, Boarding Area B

SFO’s goal is to revolutionize their guest experience, by revising, fostering, and celebrating a modern romance of travel. The ambitious $600 million Boarding Area B will embody these goals. The project includes the redevelopment of the three-level terminal that includes air-side operations, 28 gates, retail, amenities, and support spaces. SFO has recently developed a new comprehensive wayfinding guidance system that includes a myriad of standards and guidelines. Boarding Area B is one of the earliest projects to implement the system. Clearstory is working closely with multiple stakeholders to pilot and bring to life the new wayfinding system.  


Location: San Francisco, CA; San Francisco International Airport; The design-build project team led by the Austin-Webcor joint venture contractors and HKS-Woods Bagot-ED2-KYA joint venture architects

UCSF Weill
UCSF Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building

Clearstory provided interior and exterior signage, wayfinding design and donor services. This 274,000 square foot building, constructed on Block 23A, a surface parking lot between 3rd and 4th streets, houses wet or bench laboratories, office space and dry labs, clinical care services and clinical research space to meet expanded needs.


Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: UCSF; Architect: SmithGroup/Mark Cavagnero Architects; Rendering: SmithGroup/Mark Cavagnero Architects

KP Riverside MOB
Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Offices

Clearstory provided design services for implementation of a signage and wayfinding program for the new 210,000 gsf development: a 194,000 square foot five-story MOB; a separate 16,000 square foot Pavilion; and the parking lot and deck. Clearstory worked closely with HOK to ensure signage locations were optimized for visibility and legibility. The Kaiser Permanente signage standard was further adapted to integrate with the graphics and interior color palette and themes. Conference rooms throughout the building are named after streets and notable individuals familiar to City of Roseville residents, and floors have dedicated themes that represent water, agriculture, flora, and fauna.


Location: Roseville, CA; Client: Kaiser Permanente; Architect: HOK; Photography: ©David Wakely Photography

Stanford University ChEM-H & SNI Building

Stanford University’s Chemistry, Engineering & Medicine for Human Health and the Stanford Neuroscience Institute (ChEM-H & SNI) Building provides a ground-breaking facility for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative research. The 231,883 gsf building includes wet, dry and computational labs, offices and shared common spaces designed for collaboration, teaching and learning. The building is complex and large. The users will be new to the building for a few weeks, then most will spend a the majority of their time “in the lab" until their degree is complete. The wayfinding program was developed with this in mind. Relatively large graphics were applied to walls at key locations to nudge users along without a lot of complex messaging. It is just enough to support the new student or staff to learn the building.


Location: Palo Alto, CA; Client: Stanford University; Architect: Ennead; Photography: ©Matthew Anderson Photography

O street
Clifford L. Allenby Office Building

This California State office building is 360,000 sf and includes office, assembly, employee amenities, and neighborhood retail food service. The building has a capacity of 1,150 employees and houses staff from the Health and Human Services Agency, the Department of State Hospitals, and the Department of Developmental Services. Clearstory developed the wayfinding program that is integrated with the architectural portals and interior palette of the building creating a cohesive experience. The program also created an innate wayfinding system for the employees by establishing a language of quadrants, or neighborhoods for the workplace environment that stacks throughout the structure.


Location: Sacramento, CA; Client: DGS; Architect: ZGF; Photography: © Tim Griffith

Ped ER
Stanford Medicine Pediatric Emergency Department

Clearstory provided design services for the implementation of an interior and exterior signage and graphics program for the 9,000 SF Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) and adjoining 5,000 SF Critical Decision Unit, which replaced the existing Adult ED space in the Stanford Hospital. The scope of work addressed three major components: interior signage for visitor, staff and patient-oriented wayfinding; exterior signage to clearly identify the Pediatric ED entrance; and child-friendly environmental graphics consistent with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (LPCH).


Location: Palo Alto, CA; Client: Stanford Health Care; Architect: Ratcliff Architects; Photography: © Kyle Jeffers

Exelixis Corporate Headquarters

Exelixis is an emerging leader in cancer drug development. As they expanded their footprint in the Alameda, they wanted to create a flagship building on their existing campus that will help recruit and retain employees. Clearstory provided placemaking and wayfinding design services for the new building. The first floor is where visitors and candidates make first impressions. The graphics express the values and mission of the organization. The upper three floors are themed by archetypal california landscapes (stone, ocean, tree) and are displayed through graphically manipulated photography. 

The interior wayfinding strategy was developed to address the very large floor plate as well. The building was divided into quadrant neighborhoods that correlated to cardinal directions (north and south) and the east bay geography (hills and bay).


Location: Alameda CA; Client: Exelixis; Architect: Brick; Fabricator and Design Build Partner: WeidnerCA 

Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts

Clearstory developed signage design, wayfinding and donor recognition services for the San Francisco’s Conservatory of Music Bowes Center. The Center includes world class performance space, music instructional and practice spaces, community and student housing, as well as a public serving restaurant This dynamic social and cultural destination redefines the relationship between musical education, performance, and public experience.


Location: San Francisco, CA; Client: San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Architect: Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects; Fabricator: Base Building (WeidnerCA), Donor (Martinelli Environmental Graphics), Canopy (Arrow)

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