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Summer has just begun, and that means families and communities will be out enjoying different activities together. What better way to dine than at a hip food truck at a local park or urban area? Food trucks are popping up across the nation, and they're getting more spruced up now than ever. Let Thomas Reprographics help you bring your food truck to life with food truck vehicle wraps!

An article from gives a few tips on how to make your food truck stand out among the rest, and we can definitely help make that happen with food truck vehicle wraps.

Branding goes beyond a logo, a [cool] truck skin or paint job and a snazzy tag line. These are part of the equation but not a full branding effort. Sometimes it requires a unique and creative concept that can carry through the food you serve, the info you tweet and the nicknames you give your staff or customers. Nom-Nom Truck, for example, calls their followers nom-sters. Simple, yet effective. It makes the customers feel like they are part of a unique group, or at least a unique brand experience.

Your food truck wrap may draw in an audience, but that's as far as Thomas can go to to keep them there. Combine a fun truck atmosphere with delicious food and friendly workers, and you've got the trifecta!

In a city with 4000+ licensed trucks like L.A., there are bound to be similar menu items on a large majority of the trucks. So how do you differentiate your menu form the others? You can’t just throw double meat on that roll, you need to connect the dish to the roots of your core culinary values; make that fish taco authentic and serve it with an authentic side that fits your niche. Then you do it well, really well. Red Hook Lobster Pound in D.C. and NYC does one thing. Lobster Rolls. But depending on where you are from you either want a “Connecticut” style or “Maine” style roll. This is a key to their brand identity – people know that they know what they are doing.

Set yourself apart. Do it by the vehicle wrap on your food truck and by having a cool and different concept for your menu. Combine the two to make your truck stand out and make people want to come back for more.

Something that is more unique about the food truck business than some other food establishments is the sense of widely engaging community between the business owners, their customers and the towns they call home. This is physical community as opposed to social Internet community. Truck owners loaning each other equipment, night markets in neighborhoods undergoing economic renewal and support toward events for social good; these are all the ways community is cultivated. This just becomes part of who you are as you continue to engage and participate. I would say this is one of the most effective forms of brand marketing. Less forced, more natural and very transparent.

Food trucks are a great way to bring people from across your community out together. The vibe of food trucks is so much different than a sit-down restaurant, and being outdoors brings you closer to nature, too.

Let Thomas Reprographics help you bring your community together while setting you up with some awesome food trucks vehicle wraps to draw attention to your truck. Give us a call at 1-800-877-3776 to get a quote on your vehicle today!

It happens to everyone — you open your mail box, find one (or several) brochures advertising something you're completely uninterested in, and end up with a trashcan full of crumpled brochures and brochure printing is only effective when the brochure falls into the hands of your target audience.

If you are interested in advertising your business through brochure printing, you may or may not already know that the key to successful marketing is learning who your audience is and where you can find them. When printing or sending out any advertising materials be sure to ask yourself those key questions.

With regards to who your intended target audience is it may be complicated. Take dentists as an example--we all need one, but dentists may not offer services to every single individual. Alternatively, since the majority of people dwell in a house or home, perhaps a residential construction business would be more able to service a large number of people. Advertising companies and new businesses, after they take the time to reduce the market, tend to make less mistakes.

Successful marketers have discovered by concentrating on specific markets their efforts are more beneficial to the company they were hired to market for. Narrowing down your customers will help if as an example, your a dentist who specialize in certain procedures and are trying to find new patients. Also perhaps a residential construction company would likewise be able to benefit by targeting those people who desire to have a home built for them in a certain time frame.

As another example, if you’re a door-to-door dentures sales clerk, your target market or market will probably be people who need dentures. In this way, once you have completed your brochure printing, a good option to have your brochures displayed is probably not going to be your own office. Determining where your specific consumers visit will helpful to you in order to get new customers and expand you clientele base.

Be creative when identifying where your intended audience are. If you’re trying to get the word out about a new automatic fishing pole, going door-to-door in a suburban neighborhood might be slightly effective, but not nearly as effective as if you were to take a stack of brochures to the next fishing or outdoorsman expo in your state. Present your stack of literature, hot from the press, to your local bait and tackle shop.

Put yourself in your target audience shoes and consider their needs if you intend on being successful in marketing. Marketing an imported vehicle mechanic shop for instance, in low-income location and vs versa, will not be lucrative for you.

When it comes right down to it, the best marketing strategies may not be what you immediately think. You need to consider first who you are trying to reach and where you may be able to find these people. Although one would consider it a puzzle, successful advertising that works well is possible. It is crucial for successful advertising to basically put yourself in the consumers shoes.

Original article from Smart Answers Live.

Creative menu design

Need new menu designs for your restaurant that will make people excited about ordering? (In addition to the food, of course). Thomas Reprographics can definitely help with that, by printing menu designs that will draw customers in even more to the food that you have to offer.

Here's what BestDesignOptions has to say:

Aside from listing down the dishes and drinks and their corresponding price, the menu is also the most important internal marketing tool of any restaurant, cafeteria, fast food, bar, club, snack bar or wine room. In fact, the menu that you hand to customers when they get in your restaurant is the only piece of printed advertising material that you are sure will be read by the customers. Thus, when design a menu, one must think of it as your restaurant’s business card. The menu introduces your restaurant to customers, including not just what food and beverage you offer, but also the overall dining experience that they should expect. As in any other branding materials, a menu should also have the graphics and colors that customers see in your restaurant. In other words, its design should complement the theme, decorations, food quality and price range of the establishment.

Read the rest of the article here.

Get started on your new menus today by calling Thomas Reprographics at 800-877-3776.

The outside of your building can be just as important as the inside. Having visually appealing decor is great once you've drawn in customers, but what brings them in? You can't always rely on a pretty building or a prime location, which is where banner printing comes in handy.

Thomas Reprographics is a nationwide company that brings banner printing to companies all over the U.S. Banners bring multiple benefits to companies to help them draw in customers. Here are a few reasons why banners can benefit you.

Banners Are A Way of Drawing Interest

You can use banners to attract customers at trade shows, for grand openings, for open houses, or to promote a new product or service. In order to have an attractive, eye-catching banner, printing quality matters. You’ll want to select a sign company or digital print shop that is experienced in making attractive banners. You’ll need to select a material and size to fit your needs. It’s important to create a statement that reflects your company’s products and services. The font style and colors you use should be consistent with your brand’s image. Think of well-known brands of merchandise and services. You’ll likely see an image in your mind of their colors and font style. If you think of any well-known business, you’ll readily imagine their signs and banners. If you saw one that didn’t align with the image you have in your mind, you would doubt its authenticity. And so it is with your image. Draw interest and align your signs with your image.

Permanent vs. Temporary

The wooden, metal, or plastic signs in front of business usually state information that doesn’t change. For example, the company name, phone number, or address might be listed. For banners, you can pinpoint specifics. Your banner printing can notify customers of a big sale or of a special deal you have going on. You may promote your company at a tradeshow and want to hang banners above your display. Banners can be made of vinyl, mesh, or even paper. They can be six feet long or 150 feet long. You can have them hanging up or flying behind a small airplane.

Banner printing can be a creative way to get information about your company’s products and services out to potential customers. You can produce the best goods in the world but if people don’t know about your business, how will they be able to buy your goods? Exposure leads to opportunity. When you advertise with banners, you can get word out about your business in a relatively inexpensive manner.

Check out Thomas Reprographics and start bringing in more customers with banner printing. Call them at 800-877-3776 to get started!

Original article from Smart Answers Live

Restaurant menu board

Top Menuboard Strategies: A sharp menu strategy and menuboard design can help operators increase sales, despite the menu-labeling mandate.

When the federal menu-labeling law goes into effect this year, restaurants with 20 or more locations will need to provide calorie counts on menus and menuboards. Experts say the calorie shuffle presents a good opportunity for restaurants to reevaluate their menu strategy and menuboard design, two elements that, if done right, should soften any blow from the labeling mandate.

Some operators are uncertain of the consequences of the menu-labeling law. Many fear that customers, when presented with a 900-calorie sandwich on the menu, might suddenly lose their appetite for fast food.

But Howland Blackiston, a principal at design and branding company King-Casey, says operators can rest assured this won't be the case.

"A lot of folks are panicking, saying, 'We have to put calories on the menu, we're going to lose business, and people are not going to come anymore,'" Blackiston says. "But [for] the brands that we worked with who have initiated this and already put calories on [the menu], long term, it doesn't really impact sales. It may impact the mix. People might be ordering different things, but they're not necessarily ordering less."

Blackiston says the best way to ensure a brand survives the menu-labeling mandate and continues to offer the products customers desire is to tighten its menu strategy. He says it is surprising to see how many quick-serve operators don't have a clear menu strategy, even though it can help achieve increased sales.

"Many of [the brands we work with] don't have a menu strategy, or they haven't formalized it in any way," he says. "It exists a little bit here, and someone else has got information over there. They sort of cobble something together."

A menu strategy, he says, identifies and prioritizes a brand's desired business objectives as it relates to the food and beverage products offered. Not only does such a strategy sharpen how a brand communicates its product to customers, but it also drives its business goals, Blackiston says.

A good menu strategy should start with visionary goals, followed by tactical business goals that correspond to performance, such as growing sales and profits, Blackiston says.

If a goal is to increase beverage sales, "it may impact your menu strategy because you decide to add an additional cup size to improve sales performance," he says. "Rather than two sizes of beverage cups, you may have three sizes. This may encourage more people to default to the middle size, which will increase sales."

Compared to consumers of the past, today's diners place a greater emphasis on value than anything else, says Lisken Kastalanych, vice president of marketing at Pollo Campero. This plays a critical part in any quick serve's menu strategy, she says.

"I think value has been redefined," Kastalanych says. "If [people are] going to go out and pay these days, quality is even more important, because they have fewer dollars to spend and they want to make sure they're spending it right."

Kastalanych says what is important to highlight on a menu is an attractive quality-to-price ratio. An operator who markets menuboard items that are high on quality and moderate on price pleases customers, she says.

Having multiple price points on the menu offers an opportunity to show off a desirable quality-to-price ratio, Kastalanych says. For example, when Pollo Campero debuted a modern store design and expanded menu in a store in September, the Latin chicken chain invented a menu section called Tapas & Tastings to tempt customers with a bite-sized meal for less than $4.

Once a clear menu strategy is set, the menuboard itself becomes an important tool for communicating that strategy to customers. The experts say menuboards should be carefully constructed to maximize the returns on the menu strategy.

"Most guests read the board even if they have a preconceived notion of what they want to order," says Kimberly Schwank, senior marketing manager at the Coca-Cola Company. "I can tell you that a successful menuboard should incorporate five key attributes: photos, organization, readability and simplicity, use of color, and information."

Blackiston says clarity and simplicity are especially important with consumers.

A neat menuboard influences the success of its core parts, he says. In terms of organization and information, the center of the menu is a hot spot, naturally drawing in consumers' eyes first. Placing the most popular and frequently ordered items in the hot spot ensures hungry patrons find them faster, Blackiston says.

Pollo Campero's new prototype proves this theory: The menuboard presents desserts in the middle of the menuboard, right below the top seller, chicken.

"We display desserts front and center, so our dessert mix at this restaurant has been much higher by actively displaying them," Kastalanych says.

La Madeleine introduced its bakery-café concept in October with digital menuboards that include a photo on each board panel.

"We try to have a photo for each category to help the guests' eyes navigate toward what they're in the mood for," says Stephanie Miller, La Madeleine's senior manager of brand marketing.

Miller says operators shouldn't forget how these strategies relate to the customer experience.

"We installed horizontal boards, and from guest feedback we heard they were a little bit harder to read," Miller says. "The [new, vertical] menuboards were truly a response to that need for an overall better experience for our guests."

Get started on your restaurant graphics today!

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As a marketer, are you looking for novel ways to convey your message? Bright graphics and media messages on the ground are starting to catch the eye of more advertisers and consumers than ever. According to Tim Greene, director of wide-format market research at InfoTrends, the North American market for floor graphics will grow at a rate of nearly 12 percent through 2015 (read the full article here). With the variety of media options available for floor graphics now, consumers have many opportunities for ground-level projects. Graphics can be installed on pretty much any floor service, from concrete and vinyl to carpet; outdoor or indoor applications. Make sure your provider is using an anti-skid material and you can really floor your clients! Give a Thomas Reprographics specialist a call, and we can give you several options to consider to begin advertising on the ground-level!

Distressed Sign

Do you struggle with creative ways to showcase your signage or graphics for your business? Do you have a specific style or look in mind, but don’t know how to make it happen?

See how Thomas Reprographics uses its creativity, experience and relationships with vendors to help firms overcome their signage challenges.

Business owners nationwide are discovering that car wraps and vehicle graphics are the best way to reach customers quickly, effectively and economically. Compared to traditional forms of advertising — outdoor signs, television, print and radio — vehicle advertising can reach more consumers at a lower Cost per thousand impressions (CPM) than any other form of outdoor advertising.

Eye-Opening Mobile Advertising Facts

Consider these statistics compiled by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America:

  • More than 95% of Americans are reached by media targeting vehicle drivers and passengers.
  • One vehicle wrap can generate between 30,000 - 70,000 impressions daily.
  • Fleet vehicle advertising boosts name recognition 15 times greater than any other form of advertising.
  • 30% of mobile outdoor viewers indicate they would base a buying decision on the ad they see.

The Best Return on Your Advertising Investment

The benefits of a vehicle wrap hit home with stunning clarity when you compare its cost to the Cost per thousand impressions (CPM) of other forms of advertising (Statistics courtesy of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America):

  • A 30-second prime-time spot in the top 100 television markets cost $17.78 per CPM.
  • A 60-second drive-time ad in the top 100 radio markets cost $8.61 per CPM.
  • A one-third b/w page ad in the top 100 newspaper markets cost $22.95 per CPM.
  • A four-color one-page ad in 23 top magazine publications cost $9.35 per CPM.
  • The average for all forms of billboard ads cost $2.18 per CPM.
  • Vehicle wraps cost $.77 per CPM.

Turn your vehicles into moving billboards with colorful fleet graphics today! Thomas Reprographics offers decal and full color graphic solutions to make your message stand out from the crowd. Graphics can be applied to any side of your vehicle, including rear roll-up doors. We handle all manufacturing and installation from full vehicle wraps on bobtails, trailers, vans and pick-ups to small vinyl cut logos and lettering. We pride ourselves on professional, local installation and our relationships with installers throughout the U.S. who are all capable of getting the job done right the first time.

Why use Thomas Reprographics?

  • Our quality materials have a 3-5 year average lifespan
  • Use your custom logos or artwork
  • Professional installation available in most U.S. cities
  • Quick turn-around

Click here to download a coupon for 25% off!

What’s on the horizon for green building in 2012? Experts say it will rebound globally despite continuing economic stresses. Expected at the top of the trends are the transition to LEED 2012 (the newest version of the green building rating system), the adoption of sustainable building practices internationally and an increased focus on greening existing buildings.

See details on top trends here and here.

As a digital print service provider, Thomas Reprographics takes sustainability seriously. From the products and equipment used to employee and customer education, we have adopted sustainability practices to help make a positive impact for future generations. With the digital era, it’s much easier to offer our customers ways to manage and distribute their information without the use of paper. In Digital Publishing Solutions December 2011 issue, Thomas Reprographics is highlighted as an eco-conscious company featuring our sustainable practices.

Remember Thomas Reprographics when considering your contribution to green building in 2012!

According to Fast Company, in a recent story about brand equity was an interesting observation. The survey, which talked to 50,000 consumers, “found that only 20% of the brands they interact with have a positive impact on their lives, and… that 70% of brands could disappear entirely without them noticing.” There are 970,000 foodservice locations in the U.S. Each of them a brand, from Sally’s Sandwiches to McDonald’s store #7,794, each location has a local reputation even apart from the headquarters’ brand. How can “brands” have such a low impact on consumers? Hint: it is more than the food and it is more than the price or the promotion. Engagement comes with a high cost. According to the same Fast Company survey, more than half (51%) of consumers want to reward responsible companies by shopping there, and 53% would pay a 10% premium for products from a responsible company (read more).

As you plan for 2012, think about your brand, what does it stand for? Do you engage your customers? Do you have a positive impact on their lives? Does your brand demonstrate responsibility? Let Thomas Reprographics help you be a better brand, one that consumers would reward you by shopping with you. Do you realize that before anyone takes a bite at your restaurant, you’re making an impression? Your signs, menus, and other collateral material are your first chance to establish your brand identity with your customers. Not only do you want these items to look perfect, you want to be able to make changes quickly and easily as you change menu items, update prices, and promote special offers. And if you have more than one location, you want to maintain brand consistency while allowing for local variations.

Everything at Your Fingertips

Visualogistix®, a service from Thomas Reprographics, brings your collateral management into the 21st century. Instead of letting signs, menus, displays and other material get outdated because it’s too hard to make changes, you can quickly and easily make changes, while ensuring high quality and brand consistency. Visualogistix gives you:

  • All your collateral — brochures, posters, signs, flyers, etc. — stored electronically (instead of stacked in a closet)
  • Your own Web page to order your collateral, with 24/7 access from anywhere in the world
  • The ability to establish standards for customization and consistency across the organization
  • Access for others in the organization to order collateral as needed, within your established approval process
  • Reduced time — and the associated costs — spent managing revisions, storage, inventory, and obsolescence.

Good news for retailers! The National Retail Federation’s 2011 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey is still forecasting overall holiday retail sales to grow 2.8 percent during the months of November and December to $465.6 billion. Additionally, nearly six in 10 holiday shoppers (59.9%) say they plan to take advantage of retailers’ sales and discounts to make additional non-gift purchases for themselves and their families during the holiday season. See the results of the full survey here. Make sure you’re ready for the increase in business this holiday season with eye-catching banners, signs and window graphics for all your locations.

Visualogistix, a new service from Thomas Reprographics, brings your collateral management into the 21st century. Instead of producing mass quantities of collateral materials (much of which is wasted) or carrying the expense of one-off production, you order what you need when you need it with the ability to customize as needed. Visualogistix gives you:

  • All your collateral — brochures, posters, signs, flyers, etc. — stored electronically (instead of stacked in a closet)
  • Your own Web page to order your collateral, with 24/7 access from anywhere in the world
  • The ability to establish standards for customization and consistency across the organization
  • Access for others in the organization to order collateral as needed, within your established approval process
  • Reduced time — and the associated costs — spent managing revisions, storage, inventory, and obsolescence.

Download our full brochure on how Visualogistix can help your business, or visit our website.

Start your projects right by using ConstructionVaults to manage the initial design and ongoing changes for your construction projects. Regardless of the application you use to design the project, ConstructionVaults provides full BIM integration and collaboration for everything from cost estimation to simulation to scheduling and analysis. And everything is stored for easy reference and review with other project members.

Start-to-Finish Control

  • Easy, effective collaboration
  • Simplified workflow
  • Powerful document management

You design your projects for success. ConstructionVaults helps ensure that success by providing the tools you need to share documents, track information, ensure approval, and deliver results. We understand that design management is a process that extends throughout the lifecycle of a project.

Right Time, Right People, Right Info

ConstructionVaults makes it easier for you to share your ideas and manage design throughout a project by:

  • Allowing you to upload and share documents in virtually any file format, regardless of whether or not other project members have the same software
  • Tracking input by team members with a powerful audit trail
  • Creating and managing workflow processes to improve efficiency
  • Integrating communication tools for consistent notification and input

The combination of power and flexibility of ConstructionVaults tools helps you manage your project design and get things done on time and within budget. Contact us for more information on how ConstructionVaults improves your design management. For more details on how you can benefit from the ConstructionVaults design management features, contact us.

Are you looking for a new way to showcase your product? Are you sponsoring an event or location that needs to really catch the consumer’s eye? Look no further than Asphalt Art! It’s the most eye-popping way to transform ordinary ground and surface materials such as asphalt, concrete and untreated stone into stunning, vibrant advertising canvases. Browse through the photo gallery to see some of the ways Asphalt Art has been applied. At Thomas Reprographics, Asphalt Art is one of the many different substrates we use. Unlike standard laminated vinyl floor decals, this patented technology is extremely durable and does not de-laminate. It easily withstands tough treatment such as automobile traffic and can be easily removed, usually without any leftover residue. Since the artwork literally conforms and adheres to any porous textured surface, it is very slip resistant, making it perfect for use on stairs and floors anywhere.

Why Use Custom Asphalt Art from Thomas Reprographics?

  • Spread your message vividly and uniquely
  • Cost-effective and non-permanent advertising solution
  • Utilize ad space you didn’t even know existed.
  • Work with a local, family business with over 50 years of experience

Complete this form or call us today to see how to turn your concrete into a marketing tool — it’s fast and easy.

"I didn’t get the e-mail." Those are words you always hate to hear. You can’t keep a project on track unless you can consistently communicate and collaborate with team members. But e-mail systems can be problematic — rejecting large files, dropping messages into junk folders, losing information in cyberspace.

ConstructionVaults includes features to keep your communication and correspondence efficient, effective, and easy to track.

  • Keep communications on track
  • Easily notify team of changes
  • Track communications
  • Search function for e-mails
  • Integrated communication

ConstructionVaults includes e-mail integration, allowing you to store e-mail communication about your project within the solution. You don’t have to worry about compatibility with different e-mail systems or losing communications in someone’s over-full inbox. You also avoid the problem of trying to send your large files over e-mail as your team can see messages and the associated files in one location.

In addition, you can track communication with a search function, ensuring you see the entire string of messages and giving you an audit trail. You see the same message everyone else sees without the worry of someone on the team being left out.

Contact us for more details on how the ConstructionVaults communication and correspondence management features can help keep your projects on track.

Football season is upon us! Are your stores prominently featuring their tailgating section? Do they have extensive signage directing your customers to those sections? You can’t sell it if they can’t see it! See what some other retailers are doing to bring in the fans. At Thomas Reprographics, Visualogistix gives you the consistent quality that helps your customers find what they want — and buy it. Your customers are bombarded with hundreds of pictures, graphics and messages — and that’s before they even get to your store! You want your investment in your brand to pay off with signs, graphics, and other material that make it easy for customers to find what they need and buy what they want. And sometimes to buy what you want! The easier their shopping experience is at your store, the more often they’ll come back. Visualogistix is the partner that can help you achieve that objective. Perfect for internal and external applications!

  • Full Color Banners
  • Vehicle Graphics
  • Window Clings
  • Stanchion Signs
  • Asphalt Graphics
  • Standing Cutouts
  • Point of Purchase
  • Floor Graphics
  • Hanging Signs
  • Popup Banner Stands
  • Backlit Graphics

For professional quality printing services, nobody beats Team Thomas! Click here to download a coupon for your next order of large format color graphics!

When everyone contributes ideas to a project from start to finish, you get better results faster. ContructionVaults gives you a single place for all authorized users to view and contribute to the design and construction process. Access design files, BIM models, share ideas, track discussions, and ensure everyone is on the same page from start to finish. Eliminate the need to e-mail huge attachments by keeping complex documents in one secure location.

Visibility and Input

  • View the same files, models, discussions
  • Generate ideas and contributions
  • Improve efficiency and effectiveness

Your project is a team effort, and without contribution from every team member, you can’t get your best results. With ConstructionVaults, you have a place where everyone can come to collaborate in a virtual project center.

Share, View, Merge — Collaborate!

ConstructionVaults makes it easy for everyone on the team – designers, project managers, contractors, engineers — to get the same information and provide valuable input. Authorized team members can share their portions of the project and merge with other contributions to ensure quality results. Use ConstructionVaults to ensure that everyone on the team is in sync, regardless of physical location. It’s like having a virtual conference room dedicated to your project, and members of the project team are the only ones with a key. Contact us for more details on how ConstructionVaults can increase the collaboration in your projects.

Burger Planet

Before anyone takes a bite at your restaurant, you’re making an impression. Your signs, menus, and other collateral material are your first chance to establish your brand identity with your customers. You want these items to look perfect and maintain consistency with your brand, especially if you have multiple locations. Thomas Reprographics is sensitive to these needs and we make your business our priority! Whether you are displaying your brand on a poster, window clings, or on a wrapped vehicle, our top quality products using the latest technology and the finest materials available transform any surface into an eye-catching business sign. From a single location to an entire chain, Thomas Reprographics has the right solution for the restaurant industry’s printing needs. Offering outdoor, indoor, back-of-house applications and everything in between. For 10% off any of our large format color graphics or to download our restaurant brochure, click here.

Every day, you face the same challenges. You have to manage change. You have to control costs. You have to deliver consistent quality. You have to get the project done. To do this, you have to coordinate with different people, various companies, and competing priorities across time zones and using a variety of technologies. These challenges can make each day hard to face. Today is a new day. ConstructionVaults from Thomas Reprographics puts you back in control. You get easy access to the technology you need to track changes, assign actions, communicate updates, purchase supplies, hire contractors, and maintain consistency. In short, you get the power to succeed. And you get all this without significant investments in technology. Whether you create projects, manage projects, build projects, or purchase supplies, ConstructionVaults puts you in control, saves you time, and keeps you on budget.

Centralized, Simplified Control

Our Content Management features give you and your team members one place to collaborate, update, and track changes to your construction documents. The document owner sets permissions for viewing, commenting, and revising, so there’s no concern about unauthorized changes. You also can see who made what revisions and when each change was made. With ConstructionVaults, you can:

  • Easily upload and share documents with other team members
  • Collaboratively review and mark-up documents
  • Create a hierarchal folder structure to store and share documents
  • Designate levels of authority (read, comment, revise, etc.) to team members
  • Find documents using a powerful search function and indexed content
  • Track and manage revisions and versions with a precise audit trail
  • Protect documents while they are being edited with check-in/check-out capability

Click here for additional details on these services.

Window clings are a popular media for retailers who want to incorporate mobile web content into their signage using QR codes. See some real life examples here. If you’re looking into this as a marketing opportunity, Thomas Reprographics can help! We can produce colorful window display graphics that will attract attention and beautify the structure they adorn.

  • Window Clings - These beautiful prints are durable enough to be used indoors or out, and are printed with UV rated inks to resist fading. Available in clear, white and view thru materials.
  • Stanchion Signs - Stanchion signs are ideal for displaying information or directing traffic in open areas, and are available in a variety of sizes and styles for every type of environment.
  • Direct-to-Board Prints - Printed directly to many flexible and rigid substrates for a world of creative options. Prints can then be die cut to any shape desired.
  • Floor Graphics - These full-color, self-adhesive, permanent or removable floor graphics can adhere to almost any smooth surface. Once printed, floor graphics can be contour-cut to any shape or size.
  • Department Signage - Print your graphics and signage directly to a rigid substrate and cut them out in any shape you want. Hanging hardware is included.
  • Backlit Graphics - Get beautiful photographic prints on high quality translucent or transparent material, perfect for product displays and other backlit applications. Colors are remarkably saturated and true, with dazzling whites and rich blacks.
  • Point of Purchase Graphics – A wide variety of equipment and substrates gives you the flexibility to be as creative in your advertising as your imagination allows.

The eighth annual Topping Out Networking Event and Awards Program was held Thursday, October 6th at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. Since 2002, leaders in the A/E/C industry have met annually to honor the teamwork it takes to create outstanding built environments in the DFW area, to recognize the year’s top ten projects, and to network with peers to discuss the industry’s future.

Topping Out 2011 signified a coming together of the building industry in more ways than one. Awards were handed out not on the basis of individual achievement but rather in honor of the collective accomplishments of the entire team responsible for a project’s success. Former Dallas Mayor and A/E/C executive, Tom Leppert, was the honorary chair of the event. Event co-chairs were Myriam Camargo of Camargo Copeland Architects, Jessica Ferrell of Austin Commercial and David Neal of Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing.

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas was this year’s winner, submitted by Corgan Associates, Inc. and H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC. Congratulations to all the finalists this year! Thomas Reprographics was a gold sponsor of this year’s event along with HKS, Inc., Engineering News Record-ENR Texas and Louisiana and The Blue Ocean. The beneficiaries of Topping Out areThe University of Texas at Arlington, School of Architecture and The ARC of Dallas.

Students at the University of Texas of Arlington displayed representative work at the Topping Out event. The work included student projects currently being completed in the School of Architecture design studios. During the event, the students were available to discuss their work and interact with industry professionals. The Topping Out event is among the flagship fundraising efforts for The Arc of Dallas. For more than 50 years, The Arc of Dallas has been serving people with developmental disabilities including mental retardation, autism and Down Syndrome.

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