Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., received a bit of an exterior facelift Thursday as workers installed a new sign on the north side of the building that features the science center's current test tubes logo.
A crew from Baldus Signs of Fort Wayne spent most of the day on the project, removing the old sign, replacing the lighting system and then installing the new sign, which faces vehicles traveling south into downtown on Clinton Street.
The new sign is the same size as the old one — 8 feet by 20 feet — and is made of Lexan plastic, said Marc Cotter, Science Central building and exhibits director.
Baldus Signs plans to return in the coming weeks to remove and replace the sign at the entrance to Science Central's parking lot on the south side of the building, said Martin Fisher, the center's executive director. The new entrance sign also will feature the test tubes logo, which the center adopted in May 2013.
Science Central officials believe the old signs date to when the center opened in 1995.
The cost for installing the new signs in back and front will run about $15,000, Fisher said.
Science Central has been saving money to update the signs and recently had enough to do the work, said Doris Lemert, the center's marketing and development director.