Will the project include internal wayfinding?
This phase of the project focuses exclusively on external wayfinding and signage, but provides a platform that will be extended to internal wayfinding. The next phase of the project is planned to focus on internal wayfinding.
When will sign installation begin?
Over the summer final specifications for all signs, their location and a priority sequence for their implementation was completed. Following that the University will initiate a competitive process to select a vendor to fabricate and install the signs. Given the scale of the project, a phased approach will be taken with installation beginning in 2019.
Is there a map showing wayfinding routes and sign locations?
A high level plan with sign locations and types may be seen on the Wayfinding web site. Please note that, due to size and resolution constraints, the plan does not show all signs (e.g. trail markers, parking signs, building entrance signs).
Is the large Waterloo sign at the entrance of University Avenue being removed?
The sign at University Avenue is an important landmark and will continue to play an important role on campus. While there are no specific plans to move the sign at this point, recommendations have been made to consider an alternate, more safe location on campus.
Will the signs have a lighting component?
The current signs have been designed to use ambient or, where appropriate, spot lighting. Design development will continue to explore if other types of lighting (e.g. internal) are required.
Will the proposed gateway signs provide sufficient visibility?
The gateway signs have been specifically designed for visibility and safety. Constructed from transparent material, using a see-through pattern and with appropriate spacing and set-back, the proposed designs meet line-of-sight requirements.
Do the signs and wayfinding system meet accessibility requirements?
The project is fully AODA compliant and, through consultation with on-campus experts also meets the University’s standards. That includes path placement, sign colours and contrast, font size, type height, sign location, etc.
Will there be digital wayfinding included?
In the discovery phase of the project students, faculty and staff all indicated their support for the use of digital wayfinding but voiced clear preference for static wayfinding as the priority need. Future phases will consider how to best integrate digital.