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Island Signage Replacement Project Set to Begin This Year

Kiawah’s signage is getting a new look. After a lengthy process, design prototypes have been approved (see photos above, final signs may differ slightly from prototypes) and the first phase of installation is set to begin this year. Installation will be completed in phases over a period of years.

“We’re excited to finally begin rolling out these new designs,” said KICA COO Jimmy Bailey. “It has been a long process to get this point, but we believe it has been worth the wait.”

In a community the size of Kiawah Island, having effective signage is extremely important. It not only functions as a way for property owners, visitors and guests to navigate unfamiliar surroundings, but is also vital in continuing and strengthening the community’s brand. Though Kiawah Island’s current system set the standard for community signage when it was implemented, after over 30 years in operation, it is beginning to show its age.

In 2013, the KICA board approved a three-step process for reviewing and updating Kiawah’s signage system: analysis of the existing system, conceptual planning for a new system and final design. The process was overseen by a steering committee comprised of representatives from KICA, the ARB, the Town of Kiawah Island, the developer and the resort.

Appearance isn’t the only reason for updating. The current finishes are difficult and expensive to maintain. Also, the review of our existing signage showed that its wayfinding capabilities are outdated and often times confusing to guests and visitors

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