Augusta Signs recently provided entrance signage for Fishburne Military School’s Hitt-Millar Field House in downtown Waynesboro, Virginia. My customer’s representative was Carl Kerby, chairman of Fishburne’s Building and Grounds Committee. Carl Kerby, a life-long Waynesboro building developer, owns Westhills Company Builders, a quality Waynesboro developer who has built twelve to fifteen homes a year that range in size from 1,600 to 12,000 square feet and in price from $250,000 to $1 million.
Carl has a vested interest in Fishburne Military School. A 1955 graduate of Fishburne himself, Carl has proudly served the Fishburne-Hudgins Educational Foundation, Inc., the Board of Trustees for Fishburne Military School, since 1996. Only a few months ago my company made a sign at Fishburne’s Alumni House that was re-named in his honor!
Many people don’t realize that Carl was one of my first customers when I opened Tree Street Signs way back in 1990. I had just left a career in engineering and architecture to venture into a full-time signage career and Carl contacted me to do a rendering of one of his new spec homes on Summit Drive in Waynesboro. He also had my company design brick monument signs for several of his residential and commercial developments including Stratford Commons, Pelham Knolls, and Village Green at the Lake, in which he was heavily involved. I also remember doing signs for Carl a little later over at the Eagle’s Nest community at Waynesboro Airport.
The days of working with Carl did not end with Tree Street Signs. When I re-opened my sign business as Augusta Sign Company in 2015, Carl was calling me again for signs. Since I re-opened for business I have helped him with multiple vehicle signage projects, branding a work trailer, yard advertising signs, and I even replaced the road sign in front of his office on Pelham Drive.
Then, several months, ago Carl called me for pricing on signage to brand the entrance to Fishburne’s new field house in Waynesboro. It was a little tricky designing and pricing lettering for a wall that was not there yet, but after looking at the architectural drawings and coordinating things with Carl and the general contractor, I was able to offer several proposals for consideration.
Carl opted for 1″thick painted cast aluminum material for both the letters and the large insignia that now enhance the main entrance. As always I reached out to Gemini, a family-owned letter and plaque manufacturer based in Minnesota, for the quality lettering needed for this project. Once the letters were cast, painted, and shipped, I laid out a paper pattern on my shop tables that would be used to position the graphics on the wall.
Carl arranged to allow my company to use the lift equipment on site which made the installation process very smooth. My part-time helper, Marshall Carpenter, and I carefully positioned the pattern, drilled the holes, and installed the lettering with aluminum studs, each sunk into the brick wall with silicone adhesive and epoxy.
The end-result was just as planned! Carl was a happy customer and we felt proud that we could contribute our talents to help one of the area’s most prestigeous and historic private schools. It will be interesting to see how it will look when all the construction work is complete later this fall; when the roads and walkways are paved, when the landscaping is added; when the students begin to use it as a functional place! It will be just another successful project chalked up to Carl Kerby! Thanks Carl for all the work over the years!
Mark Hackley is owner of Augusta Sign Co., Staunton, VA 540-943-9818