Sign Types

Vehicular Directional Sign Types

Located along the roadway, Vehicular Directional Signs direct motorists to Campus Parking Garages (at Storrs Campus) or Campus Areas (at Health Campus) and their respective / associated Primary Destinations. They also provide motorists leaving the campus with directions to neighboring Interstate and County Routes. These signs are programmed at key decision points in advance of road intersections so that adequate time is given to motorists to comprehend the information and make appropriate choices.

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Parking Sign Types

As most visitors will be approaching the campuses in a vehicle, the secondary point in the journey will require parking before transitioning on-foot. To this end, Visitor Parking facilities are generally more prominent, while Staff / Faculty Parking facilities are less prominent. Parking Identification Signs identify the name, intended user groups, and supplementary information such as additional parking locations available on campus, or permit requirements for access.

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Pedestrian Directional Sign Types

Upon parking, visitors shall be oriented to their location on campus, and proceed to self-navigate to their final destination

The Pedestrian Campus Map Kiosk is typically located outside of Visitor Parking facilities. This is a four-sided sign with an overall Campus Map and accompanying Campus Directory, a Neighborhood Map that focuses on destinations that are within a 15-minute walking distance, as well as Pedestrian Directionals to neighborhood destinations available. This sign type is also located in proximity to major visitor destinations to support secondary navigation across campus.

Pedestrian Directional Signs are typically programmed along pedestrian pathways, and located in advance of decision points and pathway intersections. General attention should be given to the placement of these signs; the directional sign panels should be perpendicular to the main path of travel to maximize sign functionality and readability in both directions
of approach.

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Building Identification Sign Types

Building Identification Signs inform arrival to destinations. These typically identify the building name and accompanying street address. To comply with ADA requirements, accessible entrance information is displayed to confirm accessibility.

A messaging strategy has been developed to accommodate the display of honorific / donor building names in the wayfinding system.

From left to right: Sign 01 is designated for all Destinations/Buildings at the Health Campus for maximum visibility and readability based on the anticipated vehicular approach and general campus conditions. This sign type is also designated for the prime destinations that have been identified on the Storrs Campus Vehicular Directional Signs, i.e. Visitor Center, Jorgensen Center, Gampel Pavilion, and the Fine Arts Complex.

Sign 02 is generally assigned to primary visitor destinations, primary academic buildings, and residential clusters. Sign 03 is generally assigned to secondary academic buildings, offices, and residences. Signs 01, 02, and 03 are intended to be situated in advance of the building entrance in proximity to the general pedestrian pathway.

Sign 04 is programmed at the primary building entrance and displays the same information as the aforementioned freestanding sign types as a means of confirming arrival. Sign 05 has been developed for implementation when there is inadequate wall space for Sign 04.

Sign 06 is intended to be placed along accessible routes from inaccessible entrances of buildings to accessible entrances.

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Honorific Destination Messaging

A messaging strategy has been developed to address campus destinations with donor names. This strategy proposes abbreviating such building names composed of fewer words to encourage immediate recognition and quicker memorization, thus standardizing the overall name length on the most wayfinding signs.

The abbreviated building names shall be displayed on the directional wayfinding and freestanding building identification signs. Full building name, incorporating donor recognition in a modified typographic style, shall be displayed at the arrival point, on the wall-mounted Building Identification Sign, and on the Pedestrian Orientation Kiosk.

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Regulatory Sign Types

These sign types provide operational/instruction information.

From left to right: Sign 01 is typically programmed at parking facilities, and displays information such as operating hours.

Sign 02 & 03 are typically programmed at athletic and recreational facilities and inform visitors and users of do and don’t.

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