Gender Neutral Signs and Laws
ADA Signs Wholesale makes a very special point of keeping up with ADA regulations and proposed regulations. Gender Neutral ADA compliant signage is part of our business.
Did you know that March 1st, 2017 is the deadline for compliance with California Assembly Bill 1732. In case you’re not familiar with this bill, you can see the full text, here.
In the meantime, here’s a direct quote from the California bill:
Requires all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or state or local government agency to be identified as all-gender toilet facilities, and designated for use by no more than one occupant at a time or for family or assisted use, beginning March 1, 2017.
Additionally, did you know that several cities and states already have similar bills in place, or are considering adding the laws?
The Right ADA Customer
When it comes to signs finding the right customer is the key to success. Signs PDQ finds that General Contractors are typically in need of ADA signs. Finding these general contractors is the first step. Perhaps your city has the “Bluebook”. This book lists names of contractors that will be bidding jobs. See if you can locate your local Builder’s Exchange or Dodge Reports.
Yes, there is a membership fee but they usually offer a no cost trial period. Contacting the General Contractor is key in this process. This call will begin this relationship. Signs PDQ finds that contacting the estimating department is a good place to begin. Ask if they have a prequalification form and how to get it. Be timely in filling out the form…this is their first impression of your reliability. Ask them how you can receive bids from them. Each contractor’s routine may be unique. Soon you will be on their bid list and on your way to receiving bids on a regular basis.
General Contractors are putting together bids in order to come up with their best total dollar amount in order to win the bid. Having a competitive bid from subcontractors in a timely fashion is what they are looking for. Pre Bid meetings and Bid due dates are on the bid request form. Attending Pre Bid meetings is an excellent way to meet people representing the General Contractors.
Typically, a sign in sheet will be present. Obtaining a copy of it is a great way to find out who to market to. Attending a Pre Bid meeting gives you a heads up about the project. Looking over the sign specs and possibly the plans before the Pre Bid meeting is a good idea.
This is a good opportunity to find out the answer to your questions. Yes, you may have more questions later. Another reason to have a great relationship with the General contractors. Throughout this process remember YOU are the sign “expert”. You may not know the answers but you can certainly find out. Signs PDQ is happy to help with questions you may have. Don’t forget…EVERYONE attending the Pre Bid meeting will need signs!!! Make contact, get connected, stay connected!
You’ve registered with General Contractors, filled out their Pre – Qualification sheet and hope to receive bid information. Invitations to bid will ideally arrive via email.
Signs PDQ is involved with the Builder’s Exchange in Cleveland, Ohio. We have found this to be an excellent source for General Contractors to get connected with us in order to send ITB’s (Invitation to Bid). Signs PDQ frequently receive invitations that include links for the specs and plans. These links have really simplified the process. Utilizing the link that is provided will save time and money.
The Builder’s Exchange also summarizes the sign opportunities several nights a week. This will help you stay on top of what you are currently bidding on, what you have previously bid on and future bids. If you’re going to do the work to bid on a job you want to get it in front of all the General Contractor’s that will be bidding. Attending pre bid meetings will help you find out who is bidding the project.
This is a GREAT NETWORKING EVENT! The room is full of companies that will need signs! Some GC’s will email you directly and may want to know if you plan to bid. It is always a good idea to respond to their requests when possible…thus building a relationship with them. Looking over the specs and plans to review if the signs needed are signs you can provide and install.
Be sure to take note of the bid due date. We have found that this date sticks and although it may occasionally change, it rarely does. For more information check out ADAsignsWholesale.com.
You have now been marketing to General Contractors and Project Managers by attending Pre-Bid meetings, contacting them for pre-qualification forms and following up with an occasional call or email. You are now hearing about bids and GC’s are reaching out to you for bids. The plans for these bids need to be obtained.
The Builder’s Exchange is a great place to begin. Many cities have the BX and will offer a trial week so that you can begin to understand what they have to offer. Once you have the plans in hand (or on your computer!) you want to read the specs to be certain this is a project you want to move forward with. There will be various sign types on the spec sheet. Now you will want to go to the Bid/Drawings section of the bid sheet. The category I am speaking to is the interior room signs…ADA signage.
Typically there will be several sign types that you will see drawings of. Each drawing will be labeled with a specific letter or shape. You will find this on the interior drawing of the building. Look for a door schedule that will total up each sign type separately. If this schedule exists…YOU’RE IN LUCK because the signs will be counted for you! No door schedule?
You will be counting the various signs. The next step is formulating your results on a spreadsheet. Email your info to firstname.lastname@example.org We will get back to you Pretty Darn Quickly! Read more about the process of increasing your companies bottom line at ADA Signs Wholesale.
You need a wholesale estimate for ADA/Braille signs to mark up & present to your customer. You can count on Signs PDQ for a quick estimate on any amount of signs. If your customer needs a couple of ADA compliant signs or an entire building full of signs we can help you.
Our suggestion is to be detailed when you email your estimate request to us. Contact us for a spreadsheet to use as a guide to get all the important info to us. Once you receive our estimate you will need to get your quote together. Our suggestion is to make your estimate as detailed as possible. This will be helpful not only to your customer but to you. By adding item numbers, colors, frames, type of ADA sign you will help us get you the correct items quoted but will help you once you are awarded the job. Bid situations can take a bit of time so making note of specs are extremely important. When you are awarded the job your life will be much easier when details are available. Need more info? Check out our website.
You’ve been asked (ITB- Invitation To Bid) by a General Contractor. When a GC requests a bid from you it is obviously courteous to respond. Not only is it courteous, but this gives you the opportunity to develop a relationship with this contractor. Before you decide if you will be bidding, we advise you to look over the bid and compile a list of questions you may have. Responding to an estimator in a timely fashion is ideal….the continuing of a relationship. Get your hands on the plans! Most plans are available on line. Many GC’s have on-line plan rooms. It is possible that they have included the link with the invitation. If not, you will be instructed on what site to visit in order to view the plans. If you’re fortunate a “door schedule” will exist and the sign may have been counted for you. There will be architectural drawings that show you the types of ADA/Braille engraved signs they are looking for. You will see what type of signs are required. You may have to count the signs yourself and even determine the quantity of each style. If a symbol is designated for each ADA sign style you will need to look for these on the drawings of each level in the building. Contact Signs PDQ at 440-951-6651 or email dotoole@signs pdq.com.
Last week Signs PDQ attended a Pre-Bid meeting held by a local General Contractor in Cleveland, OH. This particular job includes the rehab of several buildings and one new building. There were many reasons why this meeting was valuable. We have mentioned throughout our blogs that developing relationships with GC’s is beneficial. This is an excellent opportunity to achieve this. Prior to this walk-through we did our homework by studying the blueprints regarding all signage needed. We formulated any questions we have. This would be the time to get questions answered. Pre-Bid meetings are great networking events. We met 25 contractors that may need signage for various projects. We also obtained insight into the project. Signs PDQ was the ONLY sign company present. Upon returning back to Signs PDQ we had already received an email from the GC regarding a question we asked. We then began formulating our quote which consisted of about 300 ADA signs as well as dimensional numbers above the doorway of each building. Once you have counted the signs give Signs PDQ a call and we’ll estimate all ADA/engraved signage. We’re here to help! Visit adasignswholesale-48e673.easywp.com