Why is the Waterloo sign located at the University Avenue entrance being moved? 

The Waterloo sign has become a favourite photo backdrop for students and visitors. Unfortunately, its location requires photographers to stand in the road, putting them at risk of being struck by passing vehicles. Moving the sign to a highly visible central location that is safe and easy to access ensures it remains an important and enduring part of campus culture. 

Where is the Waterloo sign being moved to and when will that happen?

The Waterloo sign will be moved to a safe, visible and easy to access location between the Arts Quad and the Grad House after restoration work is complete – expected to be this September.

Why are some new signs placed near or next to existing signs?

Existing signage was kept in place to ensure adequate signing during the installation process. Starting the first week of August, such signs will be moved (if they are to be retained) or removed (if they are being replaced) with work expected to be complete by the Fall. This phased staging also helps to reduce the cost of removal by doing it all at once, rather than a single sign at a time.

Where can I find out about closures and restrictions?

All efforts will be made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of students, faculty, staff, visitors and workers. The University will do its best to update the community on any closures and restrictions during sign installation, which can be found on the project updates page.

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?

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.