PONTIAC, Mich. October 13, 2020 As part of its effort to return to safe, productive, in-person learning, the Troy School District partnered with iMBranded to implement a complete line of social distancing products for its schools and administrative facilities.
The district – with input from students, faculty and administrators – worked with iMBranded to ensure that all of the buildings were outfitted with a wide range of acrylic dividers and social-distancing graphics. The products, part of iMBranded’s Safely6ft (www.safely6ft.com) line of products, addressed multiple challenges related to classroom capacity, shared learning spaces and hallway traffic management.
The product line included both standard and customized acrylic shields for use in classrooms and administrative areas. Additionally, customized signage for floors and walls, along with area-specific table graphics were implemented to create one and two-way traffic patterns, cordon off non-usable areas, ensure social distancing and provide clear messaging.
“Safety, reliability and flexibility were paramount in this process,” said Rick West, assistant superintendent, Business Services, Troy School District. “iMBranded’s ability to deliver in a short period of time and their experience in helping bring people back to offices and factories during the past several months was a key factor in our partnership. We looked at all of the products and worked with their team to get them into the right places.”
The district ordered more than 1,800 acrylic shields – in several variants – along with dozens of graphic designs. The graphics are designed to be applied to all surfaces including tiles, windows, walls, doors, and carpets. All of the graphics and most of the TeamShield acrylic dividers were delivered in less than six days of ordering.
iMBranded launched the Safely6ft line of products – all built at the company’s Pontiac, Mich. facility – for offices, factories, restaurants, and educational facilities in April 2020 as a response to the pandemic. The education-specific products include mobile and stationary acrylic dividers for tables, classrooms and shared spaces, as well as social distancing graphics for all areas of facilities.
“When we launched the line of products for educational environments, our singular goal was to help get everyone back as quickly and safely as possible,” said Jim Whitehead, founder and CEO of iMBranded. “A few members of our team are Troy High School graduates, so we take great pride in being a part of this effort.”
Early feedback from the Troy students and faculty has been positive.
“So far, we’ve found the products easy to use and the students have adapted well,” Dr. Rich Machesky, superintendent, Troy School District, added.
Much of the funding for the project was covered by the CARES act.
Founded in 1996, by Jim Whitehead to provide graphics for the fledgling snowboarding industry, iMBranded is now a premier architectural millwork and large format graphics company located in Pontiac, Mich., providing products for the automotive, education, retail, restaurant and hospitality sectors.
MBE Group, on behalf of iMBranded