University at Albany Signage and Physical Space Inventory
Albany, New York
The completion of a new traffic roundabout with a landscaped island at Albany’s Fuller and Tricentennial Drive intersection prompted the University at Albany to seek new signage for the entrances to the Main Campus and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
The signs were based on preliminary sketches provided by the Office of Campus Planning. Mosaic, along with Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., Civil/Traffic/Structural/Electrical Consultant, designed and engineered two circular pre-cast concrete signs for the center, with additional identification signs for the northeast and northwest corners.
Project services delivered in 2012 included New York State Building Code compliant construction drawings of the foundation, elevations and sections; site, foundation and lighting scheme studies; Work Zone Traffic Safety Plans; lighting and electrical design; project specifications manual; and field verification, soil testing, coordination with utilities and review of record construction documents to determine the presence of critical subsurface utilities.
Finding your way on campus
Additionally, Mosaic developed a system of wayfinding signage for 1.36 million square feet at the University at Albany’s uptown and downtown campuses. In collaboration with campus planners, building managers and facility users, a hierarchical system for building directories, elevator lobby directories, directional signs and room names and numbers was designed and implemented based on campus standards. During field visits, sign locations were verified and noted, along with necessary interior construction notes and sketches. Presentations were made to campus user groups and suggestions incorporated. Signage companies used the final documents to manufacture and install the signage.
Physical Space Inventory
Mosaic also provided Physical Space Inventory drawings for the majority of the campus buildings that didn’t have them. The University of Albany needed the data – with electronic file compatibility with their existing programs and databases – for campus and facility planning. Mosaic developed an automatically updating, interactive schedule that extracts data from properly formatted PSI drawings, then physically checked every space, converted the electronic files to conform with campus standards and updated the PSI floor plans of these and another 1.2 million square feet of campus buildings.×