School Spirit, Boron High School
Perforated Window Vinyl
Muroc Joint Unified School District- Boron HS Gymnasium & Library
Perforated Window Vinyl – Printing & Installation
Printing & Installation of Mascot Window Graphics
Creating a Sense of Community in the Mohave Desert
We love referrals. When we get them, we know A&I is doing an excellent job and that our clients trust giving our name to someone else. This referral started with a phone call, some challenges, and a satisfied new client.
The phone call was from WLC Architects and CPM (California Professional Management), asking A&I to print mascot window graphics they designed and have them installed for a school district. They knew we had recently acquired an HP R-1000 series latex printer and a Colex CNC Cutter, and this project would allow us to use both. We love opportunities to rise to challenges our clients bring to us, so of course, A&I said, YES!
We contacted the Superintendent of Muroc Joint Unified School District (MJUSD) to schedule an appointment to do a site visit. MJUSD is a public K-12 unified school system of approximately 2000 students located in the western portion of the Mohave Desert, about 110 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The District serves the communities of Boron, North Edwards and Edwards Air Force Base, and maintains four school sites: two comprehensive junior-senior high schools and two K-6 elementary schools. The Mohave Desert spans four states California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, and totals 20 million acres! What used to be the Muroc Gunnery in 1933 is now known as Edwards Air Force Base.
Visual Impact & Benefits of Perforated Window Vinyl
The project required printing on Perforated Window Vinyl Material and installing it on the school gymnasium and the campus-facing library windows of Boron High School. This unique material is made up of tiny micro punctures across the entire surface, allowing for one-way visibility. You have probably seen this material on storefronts and the rear windows of vans, cars, and work trucks advertising their products. Perforated window vinyl material is durable for indoor or outdoor use, maintains privacy and shade from the sun. The micro punctures are small enough for the graphic to sustain a high-quality image on one side yet be see-through on the reverse side.
In places like the desert, having these perforated window vinyl applications has multiple benefits. It is a perfect way to keep that electric bill down while keeping the interior cool. Best of all, it serves as a stunning graphic to attract visitors, patrons, or, in this case, excite and ignite school spirit.
Challenges Along the Way
After our site visit, A&I faced our first challenge on the project, the measurement of the windows. It is critical during a project that we obtain exact measurements of the spaces of large-scale installations. A&I takes extra care to ensure that we take physical measurements on-site. Although we receive take-offs from architectural plans, in construction, things can change. It so happened on this project that when our installer went out to perform the measurements, he noticed an additional set of windows in the gym not originally part of the project. Great catch on our installer part, because of this, the District decided to add perforated window vinyl to the extra set of windows. Since these were located in prime view of the local freeway, the community was delighted to see a beacon of Boron High School beaming from a distance.
Pulling It All Together
Yet another challenge was coordinating the cleaning, ordering the boom lift, and ensuring we have all safety guidelines covered. Muroc was a two-hour drive from A&I Ontario, California office, with miles in between; good communication and having all the proper installation tools on-site is incredibly vital.
When that day came, the printing was easy, and the installation went perfectly! We combined our years of printing knowledge and the performance of our printer and cutter to be a part of something much bigger, teamwork and school spirit. Pride will be beaming from students of Boron High School as they are greeted every school day by their Bobcats mascot bigger than life and covering their gymnasium windows.
“Pleasure in the Job, puts Perfection in the work” ~ Aristotle