Two new exterior signs were installed atop the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

Two large, identical exterior signs identifying the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center were placed on the building April 4 by Kiewit Building Group. Since the project is near completing use of the existing tower cranes, the sign installation had to be scheduled before the cranes were removed.

The cancer center is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017.

Unlike other signs that are installed in sections on a building, these signs featured a unique unit assembly system that allowed the signs to be completely assembled at ground level. They were then hoisted onto the building in one piece.

Several Omaha firms were involved in the signage project. They included: HDR – completed the design for the signage; Architectural Wall Systems – locally manufactured and assembled the sign frame; ASI Signs – fabricated the lettering; and Christensen House Moving – transported the signs to the UNMC/Nebraska Medicine campus.

Signage Quick Facts

  • The signs weigh 8,000 pounds each. In addition, there is another 1,400 pounds of weight in the associated rigging needed to put the signs in place.
  • They are 36 ft. long, 16 ft. tall and 13 ft. deep.
  • Lettering on the “BUFFETT” name on the signs is 5 ft. tall and is visible from nearly a half-mile away.
  • The signs are comprised of zinc panel cladding with aluminum frame and utilize energy efficient LED lighting.
  • The signs were moved at midnight on Monday morning when traffic was minimal.
  • The signs are the largest fabricated by Architectural Wall Systems. They took approximately six weeks to assemble.

Watch a quick time-lapse video of the signage installation: