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Standard Interior Signs

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Facilities Planning and Construction has developed a standard for interior signs used at the University. This system meets requirements set forth in the American Disability Act (ADA) of 1990. Below you will find information about the standards along with how you will need to request new signage for your department.

Standard Colors

There are six standard color combinations that have been selected for the University. These colors have been selected to create the 50% contrast required by the ADA. If your building already has new signage installed, you are required to use the existing color combination. Call 777-3501 for existing building color combinations.

Color Combinations

  1. Gray Lettering - Black Background
  2. Black Lettering - Gray Background
  3. Candlewick Lettering - Black Background
  4. Black Lettering - Candlewick Background
  5. Candlewick Lettering - Burgundy Background
  6. Burgundy Lettering - Candlewick Background

Click here to see examples of materials and colors.

Modular Frame System

All frames are black with rounded edges.

Standard Frame Types and Sizes

Sign Type Size Sign Type Size
A - Room # & Function 8" X 8" N - Name Plate 4" X 8"
B - Room # only 2" X 6" O - Specialty 2" X 10"
C - Directional 8" X 8" P - Specialty 3" X 10"
D - Men 8" X 8" Q - Specialty 6" X 12"
E - Men/HC 8" X 8" R - Specialty 12" X 12"
F - Women 8" X 8" S - Directory 3" X 18" Header
2" X 18"  Insert Panel
3" X 18" Base
G - Women/HC 8" X 8" T - Stairwell Info.
w/o roof access
12" X 12"
H - Unisex 8" X 8" U - Stairwell info.
With roof access
12" X 12"
I  - Unisex/HC 8" X 8" V - Desk Name Plate 2" X 8"
J  - Stair 8" X 8" W - Specialty 8" X 8"
K - Elevator 8" X 8" X - Specialty 2" X 6"
L -  Fire Exit 8" X 8" Y - Conference Room
2" X 8"
M - Name Plate 2" X 8"    

Installation Standards

Facilities Planning and Construction has established a sign mounting policy that is intended to cover most foreseeable mounting conditions.

The basic rule for sign installation is to install the ADA sign 2" from the door frame on the handle (strike) side of the door five foot to the center of the sign. Optional departmental or nameplates will then be mounted 1" below the initial room sign. This rule will satisfy approximately 90% of the situations.

In the event that this basic installation is not possible, the installer will use the following principles to find the most appropriate location for the room sign:

  1. Find the nearest visible wall space on the handle side of the door. If a glass side light exist the sign may be installed on the glass side light with a back plate installed on the opposite glass side to cover the double stick tape used for installation. Signs should not be installed on doors.
  2. If a group of doors is arranged so closely together that there is no suitable wall space available nearby, then the sign may be placed outside the vestibule leading to these doors. If there are still questions about where signs need to go contact the Office of Space Management.
  3. If a sign is to be placed beside a double door with suitable wall space available on either side of the door, then the sign will be placed on the first side reached during clockwise way finding in the building.
  4. If there is limited space available on the handle side of the door, such that there is not enough room to allow two inches of space between the frame and the sign, then the two inches will be sacrificed in order to install the sign.
  5. If the planned placement of the sign will cause a problem because of unforeseeable aesthetic considerations, (artwork or other complications) then the installers will contact the Office of Space Management to make an on site decision.

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