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New signs being installed on Stanford campus

STANFORD -- The signs, they are a-changin'.

Stanford University is in the process of replacing every one of the large panel directional signs along campus streets, a project that started in mid-May and is scheduled to continue through Friday, June 2.

Michael Kuntz of Facilities Operations said more than 200 signs are being installed throughout campus. Most are replacements, but 40 or so are new installations. The contractor handling the job is Sign Source of California, a San Jose firm.

The new signs contain more detailed information than the previous versions. At the top of each is a band with the name of the upcoming cross street or mall. Streets are named in white on a black background; for malls, the name is white against the same dark gray background used on the body of the signs.

The main part of each sign lists each major building and facility that is on the section of the road or mall indicated at the top of the sign.

Listing street names instead of vague destinations such as "Campus Center" or "Library Quad" at the top of each sign should enable visitors and delivery persons to find their way around campus more effectively, said Judy Chan, associate director of the Planning Office.

Chan said the new signs are the first phase in a project to simplify orientation on campus. The second phase, to be done over the summer, involves erecting street signs on every block of campus streets, including non-vehicular malls.

The third phase, still in the planning stages, involves the assigning of street numbers to all the buildings in the central campus. More details about the street numbering system will be made available later in the year, Chan said.



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