The grand reveal of our largest windscreen project to date recently went up at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The Conant Cougars now proudly display 7,854 square feet of windscreen at their stadium. Wrapping around their entire track, and spanning across their bleachers and parking lot fence. A few sections of the windscreens were even broken up into separate panels so that the gates were still accessible. This vast amount of windscreen was broken up into a total of 57 pieces. The visitors’ side of the Conant track had the longest single stretch of windscreen measuring 536 feet!
The vibrant windscreens at the stadium shout Cougar Pride, with artwork in every section. These aren’t just your typical blank mesh banners to add a pop of color and privacy. The Cougars boast their school colors, mascot, and slogans throughout each area of windscreen. The Athletic Director and Booster Club were looking to transform their stadium from all angles with school spirit; boosting morale in the Cougar’s everyday life and at sporting events. People driving by are even welcomed to the school with the windscreens that are displayed on the back of their visitors, street-side bleachers.
DESIGN & PRODUCTION
The design process was a unique challenge for this project, working digitally at such a small scale in comparison to the final output. Files were set up at 4% scale. With artwork strategically placed in every section, it was challenging to break up all of the designs into the correct sections for proofs, and further into more pieces for printing.
It was crucial that the designs on the track windscreens lined up correctly with the football field, and with the windscreens above them on the bleachers. Measuring accurately for where the centers of artwork would be in these areas to line up the designs was definitely important.
We met with the client a few times to discuss and revise artwork, and took accurate measurements a total of four times. It was helpful to have these meetings and double-checks to make sure everything came out correctly.
Not only was the design process a challenging one, but it was definitely a unique task for our production and sewing department to handle this much material between printing, trimming, sewing, and placing grommets. Our HP Latex 360 Printers were used to print the graphics, with an 8-in touch screen and a 64-in roll width for high quality prints, these printers used Latex inks to print all of the graphics. Our staff of three seamstresses were hard at work hand-sewing all of the windscreens with the help of a production member holding and feeding the material through their sewing machines. It was really a team effort on all ends!
The maintenance staff at Conant took on the task of installing everything, and they did a fantastic job. We do offer installation for our products, but there are some occasions where we come across school staff or buildings and grounds who feel comfortable to take on the challenge.
Conant also updated their press box with a brand new MaxMetal sign covering a total of 64 square feet (not featured in photos).
This is our second project to date with Conant, following a 300 square foot scoreboard banner we designed, produced, and installed for them about a year ago.
"The windscreens look great. The parking lot windscreens are awesome..."