(June 5, 2012) -- The contractor engaged to install UTSA’s new way-finding system has marked locations for hundreds of new directional signs to be installed at the Main and Downtown campuses. The completed project will assist visitors and UTSA community members find their way around the campus.
Visitors and UTSA community members may notice spray paint on surfaces where signs will be installed and stakes with flat circular tops placed in the ground. With installation set to begin in fall 2012, sign mock-ups will be available for inspection later this summer.
Temporary stakes will pinpoint sign locations, assure that there are no conflicts with utilities, trees, other signs or other obstructions, and specify the orientation of the signs. Additionally, electric lines will be installed for signs that will be illuminated. Installing necessary electric and data lines over the summer will reduce disruption on campus during the busy fall semester.
The new signage includes the Main Campus perimeter with directions for those traveling on UTSA Boulevard, the Loop 1604 frontage road and Babcock Road to the most convenient campus entry point. Signs intended to assist vehicle drivers will be installed on Main Campus roadways, along with new parking lot signage. Pedestrian signage will include way-finding stations and building signage on the Main and Downtown campuses.
A large and elegant stone and glass gateway at the Peace traffic circle on the north side of the Main Campus is planned for completion this fall. After completion of the Peace gateway installation, corner markers will be added at the Downtown Campus.
A schematic plan of the design of the signage was delivered as a part of the UTSA Master Plan, completed in 2009. A way-finding consultant then was engaged to complete the project including a message schedule and signage location. The UTSA Wayfinding Steering Committee was formed to provide input and perspective on various options presented by the consulting firm, and to assist in finalizing the signage plan and to share information about the project with their colleagues. Membership in the committee includes students, faculty, staff and administrators.
The steering committee members include Pamela Bacon (co-chair), Doug Lipscomb (co-chair), Tom Cannon, Ross Cobb, Sam Gonzales, Julius Gribou, Dan Kiley, Joe Martin, Jim Mickey, Bob McKinley, John Murphy, Lowa Mwilambwe, Aaron Parks, Edda Petiton, Kevin Price, Hazem Rashed-Ali, Daniel Sibley, Derek Trimm, Marianne Woods and Jesse Zapata.
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