Kitchener 401 Entrance Signs

September 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

Kitchener is the only City within the Region of Waterloo not to have an entrance sign located along the 401, so there has been a design contest brought forth to choose a proper sign.


The results of the vote, budget and MTO approvals will be some of the major factors considered in preparing a report which will go to the Community Services Committee on October 20, 2008. The final decision will be made by Council at its October 27, 2008 meeting.


There were 4 options available for residents to choose from and they included:


Sign A – Natural Approach  (Boring!)










“A monolithic Limestone slab provides an elegant yet rustic backdrop to the pin-mounted City of Kitchener logo while carefully placed limestone chunks, ornamental grasses and hearty, slow growing evergreens create a rustic landscaped environment to surround and enhance the focal point.”


Sign B – A blend of heritage, hospitality and progress (OK, but too old-fashioned looking?)










“The historic clock tower, symbolic of functionality and design, rests within the ellipse foundation, communicating the region’s commitment to its developing role as a progressive global community. The iconic Freeport (King Street East) Bridge, set before the timeless architectural aspect of the main structure, further embodies the city’s commitment to preserving its rich heritage.”


Sign C – Architectural Details  (EW!)









“Architectural details can be fine tuned to invoke a resemblance to the old city hall from which the logo’s clock tower has been derived […] LED lighting powered by the sun, using solar panels and batteries. Two types of lighting are suggested: Halo lit reverse channel letters direct light from within each letter towards the wall surface resulting in a halo of light spilling around the opaque letter and logo elements, creating a dramatic effect […] The grading and plantings are accented with natural limestone retaining walls that also visually anchor the display in its environment. Blue spruce trees are strategically placed to frame the background and low spreading junipers and perennials populate the foreground. The overall effect will be to draw one’s eyes towards the city’s logo, announcing YOU HAVE ARRIVED IN KITCHENER.


I don’t think so, those lovely solar panels impede too much on the design. If they were possibly set behind the sign, then it might have potential…


Sign D – Symbolic elements that speak to the cultural and industrial history, geography and future of Kitchener  (Young and hip, embodying a revitalization of the City, so this gets my vote!)











“The shaped landscape feature that follows the embankment represents the furrowed farmland adjacent to the city. It is also a reference to the banks of the Grand River, an important catalyst in the city’s development. The engineered portion of the installation references the cultural and industrial heritage of the community. The modular construction symbolizes the Mennonite heritage of the region through its quilt-like appearance.”


This sign near-perfectly depicts what Kitchener is and what Kitchener’s future will be. This sign wins my vote hands down.


What are your thoughts on the signs? Leave your comments in the comment section!


Source: City of Kitchener


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