New entrance signage for Biofuels Center (22 Apr 2009)
The Biofuels Center has erected a sign covering the damaged concrete left from the signage dating back to the Federal Tobacco Research Station days. The new sign was designed to be emblematic of the changes coming to North Carolina’s landscape as the new biofuels cluster develops. The sign comprises an aged brass logo on stainless steel. The colors in the logo illustrate the organic nature of the biomass feedstocks the agriculture and forestry sectors will supply to make North Carolina’s advanced fuels, while the metallic silver backdrop and steel blue lettering reflect the nuts-and-bolts of biofuels manufacturing and production that will be needed to reduce North Carolina’s dependence on imported fuels.
The new sign on the Biofuels Center’s building in Oxford also symbolically illustrates the shift of the former Tobacco Research Station to the new purpose embodied on the Biofuels Campus. It is expected that as the Biofuels Campus develops, it will parallel and lead the development of the state’s biofuels industry sector. The blend of the organic and industrial in the new sign embodies North Carolina’s transition from 20th Century industries such as tobacco to 21st-century renewable fuels.