Grand Rapids Community College
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Signage installation will aid campus wayfinding at Michigan community college

Dec. 8, 2021
The $600,000 project at Grand Rapids Community College includes building signs and directional aids near roads and on pedestrian plazas.

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Grand Rapids, Mich., is installing a comprehensive wayfinding system that will help pedestrians and motorists navigate the campus. 

The $600,000 project includes building signs as well as directional aids near roads and on pedestrian plazas, according to a news release. 

“GRCC’s downtown campus is easily accessible by private and public transportation and is very walkable,” said Lisa Freiburger, the college's vice president for Finance and Administration. “It also can be a little confusing for visitors because it is so integrated with the city and doesn’t have a true main entrance. This new project will help people find our campus, and also help them find their way around it once they are here.”

Large blue triangular signs with the college logo will be erected at key intersections to identify where the campus begins and ends. The Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse and Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center will have video display boards to inform students and community members about campus events.

Building addresses will be featured prominently on external signs to assist people following directions on mobile phones and other devices.

Pedestrian signs with maps are intended to help people traverse the campus on foot. Parking ramps have been renamed, using a system of easily remembered letters and colors for each floor.

Corbin Designs and the Grand Rapids Community College design team developed the signs and Universal Sign System is overseeing the construction of the project. 

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