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Campus Signage

Background

The College of Charleston’s location in the heart of downtown Charleston makes signage essential to distinguishing our campus from the surrounding area. Standardized, recognizable interior and signage builds awareness of our campus among passersby (both tourists and area residents), and greatly facilitates navigation for visitors and members of the College community. Facilities Planning, in partnership with the Division of Marketing and Communications, designs, implements and maintains the College's standardized interior and exterior sign systems. The Office continues to upgrade signage to ease wayfinding and meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Procedure

All requests for interior and exterior signage must be directed to the Office of Facilities Planning. Interior signage includes, but is not limited to office signs, nameplates, restroom signs, room signs, directional signs, directories, etc. Exterior signage includes, but is not limited to building identification, historic markers, donor plaques, street numbering, etc. The most efficient method of ensuring fulfillment of requests for new and/or additional signage is through Facilities Management's Work Order Request Portal and selecting SIGNAGE as your 'problem code'. Facilities Planning will then determine locations, standard sign type(s), content and appropriateness. Sign costs, including outsourced design labor, materials, fabrication, and installation labor are funded by the requesting department. Sign costs related to an open, established capital project are typically integrated into the project budget.

Facilities Planning's CAD/GIS/Graphics Administrator handles all standardized requests such as placements of additional signage and updates to existing directional/directory signs. The CAD/GIS/Graphics Administrator also designs and supplies self-service templates that allow departments to update and print their own name inserts from their desktop. Department directory updates and self-service templates may be requested by contacting Rachael Bradford, CAD/GIS/Graphics Administrator.

Non-standardized requests are reviewed by Facilities Planning as well as Marketing and Communications’ Director of Brand Marketing. All interior and exterior building signage must adhere to the style and logo guidelines outlined in the Brand Manual administered by the Division of Marketing and Communications. All standardized and non-standardized exterior signage requires approval from the City of Charleston's Board of Architectural Review.