Sign Standards & Procedures

signsThese standards were developed as a sign master plan for designs and specifications of signs throughout the college. A consultant worked closely with the college sign committee, architects, campus master plans, and various agencies in developing these policies.

The College Administration, ADA Steering Committee, Facilities Management Services, Department of Public Safety, and a consultant from the Oregon Commission for the Blind reviewed these standards.

The philosophy for the college directional sign program is to provide for the safety and convenience of first time visitors and new students. Returning students and visitors and staff receive volumes of printed materials providing directions and defining regulations and restrictions. All signs will meet ADA requirements.

Objectives

The major objectives of the standards are:

  1. Provide a central orientation point for visitors to each Campus.
  2. Standardize the appearance of and convey a positive, academic image for the College.
  3. Create a consistent identity and unity for each College location that acknowledges the unique requirements and character of each Campus and Center.
  4. Provide a planned and systematic approach to signage that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  5. Maintain a site sign program that enhances the College Traffic Demand Management Program.
  6. Provide clear, safe and efficient directions for vehicular and pedestrian access to facilities on each Campus and Center.
  7. Provide a flexible sign program that allows for expansion and growth of the College as determined by each Campus' master planning process.
  8. Create a sign program that incorporates designs which are economical to reproduce, maintain, repair and alter.

Executive Summaries

Traffic Control  (Paid for by Parking)

Federal, State, County and City road signs will direct visitors and students from major arterials along the preferred routes to each Campus or Center. The appropriate entity will be informed by the Print Center of needed changes and asked to provide missing signs or repair existing signs as required.

College traffic management signs will follow the Uniform Traffic Control Devices Manual. Other regulatory signs will follow the College Sign Standards (i.e. bus stops, car pools, van pools, disabled parking, etc.)

Parking(Paid for by Parking)
Freestanding directional signs will direct first time visitors to the parking directory map and parking pay stations at all Campuses. At parking pay stations detailed instructions and parking regulations will be posted. Routes to visitor parking will be clearly identified and will direct first time visitors to visitor parking areas. Routes to accessible parking will be identified by symbols and will direct disabled visitors to the accessible parking areas.
Pedestrian Directions (Paid for by Facilities Management Services)
Building identity signs will be mounted at major intersections and/or entrances. Major building identifiers for viewing from a distance will be in areas easily seen from roadways and pedestrian egresses from parking lots. Monoliths with vinyl directional information will be installed at major pedestrian intersections or egresses from each parking area and bus stop. Site maps will be placed as appropriate. Small directional signs will be placed on building corners at intersections of sidewalks where needed.
Building Interiors (Paid for by Facilities Management Services)
Directories will be posted inside main entrances to buildings. The information provided will include department room numbers, management staff room locations and other necessary information. Permanent room identity will be ADA tactile compliant room numbers for public access areas. These room numbers do not apply to non-public areas such as restrooms, mechanical, custodial areas, etc. Function identity will be permanent and ADA tactile compliant only for restrooms, stairs, and elevators. Department identifiers will be clear plastic window-inserts since departments are non-permanent function identifiers. Hanging signs can be used for room identifiers and way finding for district wide or campus offices all students must visit. Maps showing accessible routes; evacuation routes; locations of restrooms, elevators, telephones, and food services will be provided by and paid for by Facilities Management Services.
Special Signs (Paid for by Campuses/Centers/Departments)
Signs required for special events; signs required for campus policies; signs required for center policies; signs required for department needs or within organizational unit areas will be requested through the Print Center and paid for by the requesting organization or department. Also paid by the department are clear plastic window-inserts requested by departments for other than function identifiers and hanging signs used for room identifiers and way finding for other than district wide or campus offices visited by all students.

Approvals

Installation of permanent campus signs will be authorized by the appropriate campus dean or manager and created through the Print Center. All requests will be modified to comply with the standards detailed in the College Sign Manual and Specifications. As appropriate, college wide signs will be approved by the president or vice president. In cases where city or county permits or approval is required the college planner or installation vendor’s staff will obtain such approvals.

Ordering Process

Requests for signs must be made to the organization that will pay for that type of sign. That department will provide billing information, approve the order and in consultation with the Print Center determine the final design.

Maintenance

The department paying for the installation of the signs shall provide routine evaluation and maintenance of installed signs. Maintenance can be performed by them or requested through the Print Center for outside vendors to perform.

Technical Standards

Typography
The font used for all college signs will be Gill Sans in regular or bold weights. These will be used at the required size for each type of sign. The only exceptions to this standard will be signs required to match D.O.T. standards, college food service sale areas, and college bookstore point of purchase signs.
Color
The field color shall be dark gray with a blue tint. Letters and numbers shall be white with a contrast ratio to the gray required by ADA. Where used, highlights of spot color will be red.
ADA Requirements

Permanent Room Identification. Sign Types Al -A7, All will be designed to comply with the following ADA guidelines: Character Proportion. Letters and numbers on signs shall have a width-to-height ratio between 3:5 and 1:1 and a stroke width-to-height ratio between 1:5 and 1:10. (4.30.2)

Finish and Contrast. The characters and background of signs shall be eggshell, matte, or other non-glare finish, which is recommended as between 11 and 19 degrees on a 60-degree glossimeter. Characters are recommended to have a minimum 70% reflectance contrast with their background. (4.30.5)

Mounting Location and Height. Where permanent identification is provided for rooms and spaces, signs shall be installed on the wall adjacent to the latch side of the door, 60" from the centerline of the sign to the floor. Where there is no wall space to the latch side of the door, signs shall be placed on the wall surface nearest to the latch side of the door and located to avoid door swing and protruding objects. (4.30.6)

Where there is extensive window area adjacent to the latch side of the door, a recommendation will be made based on input from the Office of Students with Disabilities and the ADA Advisory Committee.

Overhead Sign Types will be designed to comply with the following ADA guidelines: Signs that are projected or suspended overhead, including flag mounted signs, must meet requirements for character proportion and height, sign finish and contrast. Character height must be 3" minimum and there must be a least 80" of clearance below the bottom of the sign. (4.30.2, 4.30.3, 4.30.5)

Directional and Informational Sign Types Cl-C3, D1, D2, El, E2,F1, G1, G2 will be designed to comply with the following ADA guidelines: Signs that provide direction to or information about functional spaces must meet requirements for character proportion, sign finish and contrast. The cap height is not specified, but characters and numbers on signs must be sized according to the viewing distance from which they are to be read. (4.30.2, 4.30.3, 4.30.5)

Identifiers of Accessible Facilities. The international symbol of accessibility must be displayed at accessible entrances if all entrances are not accessible. Directions including the symbol must be provided from inaccessible entrances to accessible ones. Similar guidelines apply to restrooms. (4.1.2(7)(c-d))

Public Telephones. Text telephone must be identified with the TDD symbol. Volume control telephones must be identified by the volume control telephone symbol. Where all telephone banks are not so equipped, directions must be provided to equipped ones. (4.30.7(2-3))

Stairwell Code Signs. Standardized stair identification signs shall be installed in stairways when the building is four or more stories in height. The signs shall identify each stair landing and indicate the upper and lower termination of the stairway. (1991 UBC Standards, Sections 33.201-33.203)

Site (Exterior) Signs. Sign types Hl-H4 will be designed to comply with the following ADA guidelines: Exterior signs must meet requirements for character proportion, sign finish and contrast (4.30.2, 4.30.5).

Accessible Parking Spaces. Accessible parking spaces and loading zones must be marked by a sign showing the symbol of accessibility, located so it cannot be obscured by a parked vehicle. (4.1.2(7)(a-b)) In Oregon the center of the sign should be located 48" from grade and state the following message: "Parking with DMV Disabled permit only. Violators subject to towing under ORS 811.620 and fine up to $250 under ORS 811.615."

Room Identity. Public Use Areas Permanent room identity will be ADA tactile compliant room numbers (Al) for public access areas. If there are multiple entrances to a room, the primary entrance will be signed. Additional signs will only be added to lecture halls or auditoriums. These room numbers do not apply to restrooms, mechanical, custodial areas, etc.

Public Use Areas Permanent room identity will be ADA tactile compliant room numbers (Al) for public access areas. If there are multiple entrances to a room, the primary entrance will be signed. Additional signs will only be added to lecture halls or auditoriums. These room numbers do not apply to restrooms, mechanical, custodial areas, etc.

Public Facilities/Utilities Function identity must be permanent and ADA tactile compliant for restrooms (Al 1), stairs (A2), and elevators (A2).

Other Standards

Occupant Identity. Occupant identifiers will be a non-permanent description of occupants (A5). These will be provided only for college offices visited by the majority of students and/or visitors to the campus. Each sign will be of the same format and design. There will not be any hierarchy in size or layout for occupant identities. See Appendix A for a listing of departments to receive these signs.

Overhead Identifiers will be provided only for district-wide offices and campus/center offices visited by the majority of students and/or visitors to the college. The only exception to the College Standards for Overhead Signs will be the food service areas and bookstore point of purchase signs. See Appendix B for a detailed listing.

Department Identifiers. Staff names, office schedules, and miscellaneous information will be posted using temporary inserts generated by the occupants (A6-Al 0).

Pedestrian Regulatory. General pedestrian regulatory signs will follow State and City standards where applicable. College specific pedestrian regulatory signs will use international symbols wherever feasible.

Bicycle Regulatory. Regulatory signs for bicycle riders will follow State and City standards where applicable.

Parking Regulatory. College traffic management signs will follow the College Sign Standards (1-11). These will be locally placed for bus stops, car pool, van pool, and disabled parking. Towing notice and days/times of paid parking shall be posted only at the entrances of the Campus or Center.

Traffic Control. Signs for standard traffic control will comply with Federal and State of Oregon regulations and the Uniform Traffic Control Devices Manual in appearance. Standard traffic signs will be mounted on standard college sign panels in order to distinguish college roads from right of way streets (1-11). Use of reflective materials will be required for all traffic control signs.

Pavement markings will be used in parking areas (signs will be minimal). All areas where pedestrian and vehicular traffic coincides will have both signs and pavement markings.

Signs for standard traffic control will comply with Federal and State of Oregon regulations and the Uniform Traffic Control Devices Manual in appearance. Standard traffic signs will be mounted on standard college sign panels in order to distinguish college roads from right of way streets (1-11). Use of reflective materials will be required for all traffic control signs.

Pavement markings will be used in parking areas (signs will be minimal). All areas where pedestrian and vehicular traffic coincides will have both signs and pavement markings.

APPENDIX

Occupant Identity

Admissions

Registration

Information

LRC

Bookstore

Advising

Testing

Parking Office

Forum/Theatre

Business Office

ALC

Food Services

Teleconferences

Public Safety

Financial Aid

Administrative Offices

(President, VP, Deans, Divisions, Departments)

ASPCC

Classified Association

Faculty Federation

Women's Resource Center

Skills Center

Auditorium

Family Resource Center

Pioneer Room

Office of Students with Disabilities

Employment

Purchasing

Student Records

Overhead signs for occupant identity

Admissions

Registration

Information

LRC

Bookstore

Advising

Testing

Forum/Theatre

Business Office

Food Services

Financial Aid

Auditorium

Pioneer Room

Employment

Pedestrian Directional

Registration

Information

Bookstore

Advising

Testing

Financial Aid

Employment

Auditorium

Forum/Theatre

Administration

Vehicular Directional

Visitor Parking

Visitor Information

Accessible Parking (symbol)

Forum/Theatre

Gym/Pool

Lot # - #

Permit Pay Station

Assistance Phone

Exit

Regulatory

Campus Parking Permits Required

Visitor Parking Only

Permit Parking Only

Permit Required, Pay station in Lot

Parking Lot #

Assistance Telephone

No Thru Traffic

Keep Right

College Shuttle

Car Pool Parking Only

Staff Parking Only

Visitor Parking Only

Public Safety Parking Only

Disabled (DMV)

Disabled (DMV) Van Accessible

Disabled (PCC)

Loading Zone

Motorcycle Parking Only

Authorized Vehicles Only

Bicycle Parking

Sorry, Lot Full