Installation of signage to facilitate orientation of Michigan Community College campus


Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, installs a comprehensive orientation system that will help pedestrians and motorists navigate the campus.

The $ 600,000 project includes construction signs as well as directional aids near roads and in pedestrian plazas, according to a press release.

“The downtown GRCC campus is easily accessible by private and public transportation and is very walkable,” said Lisa Freiburger, vice president of finance and administration for the college. “It can also be a bit confusing for visitors as it’s so integrated into the city and doesn’t have a real main entrance. This new project will help people find our campus, and also help them navigate it once they get here.

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

Building addresses will be prominently displayed on exterior signs to help people follow directions on cell phones and other devices.

Pedestrian signs with maps are intended to help people cross the campus on foot. The parking ramps have been renamed, using an easily remembered letter and color system for each floor.

Corbin’s Drawings and the Grand Rapids Community College the design team developed the panels and Universal sign system supervises the construction of the project.