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Everywhere a Sign

New campus directional signs

The new exterior signage on campus includes directional signs, pictured above, and building identification signs, pictured below.

Soon after the close of the spring semester, crimson signs with white lettering began appearing across campus.

The exterior signs—about 2,000 of them—are the first part of a comprehensive signage master plan IUP adopted in 2012. They include directional signs for vehicles and pedestrians, signs to identify buildings and parking areas, and signs marking accessible routes and entrances.

When the project wraps up later this summer, it will also include new traffic and street signs. Eventually, IUP plans to add electronic kiosks.

According to Tom Borellis, Special Projects assistant to the vice president for Administration and Finance, the new signage addresses three main needs: helping visitors and new students find their way around campus and thus improving their safety, meeting Americans with Disabilities Act and fire code requirements, and improving the campus’s image.

New campus building identification signs

Borellis was a consultant to IUP when he assisted in planning the previous campus signage about 30 years ago. Those signs provided identifying information, such as building names, but little directional help.

And as the university added new signs, styles became inconsistent. Borellis counted about 20 variations from the standard design. The new signs meet IUP graphic and color standards and contain minimal graphic elements in an effort to keep them timeless.

“With proper maintenance, they’ll last forever,” Borellis said.