PART 1: EXTERIOR SIGNS

  1. GENERAL
    1. Oregon State University requires an effective system of visual communication that projects a uniform institutional identity, while at the same time integrating well with the present and future campus environment. The following requirements identify how exterior signage will be applied to the OSU main campus.
    2. Signage shall comply with City of Corvallis Land Development Code Chapter 4.7 - Sign Regulations or other applicable local regulations if outside the City of Corvallis.
    3. Signage within the OSU National Historic District shall comply with City of Corvallis Land Development Code Chapter 2.9 – Historic Resources.  Installation of exterior signs within the OSU National Historic District shall be coordinated through University Land Use Planning with Capital Planning and Development.
    4. Exterior signage shall not exceed 200 square feet in area.
    5. Installation of signposts requires site-specific utility locate requests, in order to preserve campus infrastructure (irrigation, tunnel system, etc.)
       
  2. TYPES OF EXTERIOR SIGNAGE
    1. Monument Signs
      1. Each building shall have one (1) monument sign with the official building name and street address.
      2. The monument sign shall be located on the street that the building’s addressed off of, near the main entrance, and shall be setback at least two (2) feet from face of curb.
      3. The type face is Sabon, in as larg a size as reasonable without crowding the text.
      4. The Oregon State University logo shall not be added to the monument signs.
      5. The following figure illustrates the standard size for the primary identification sign. (See Diagram 10 14 00A at the end of this section)
    2. Primary Building Identification
      1. The minimum separation between primary identification signs shall be at least 100 feet.
      2. The Oregon State University logo shall not be added to the primary facilities identification signs.
      3. The type face is Sabon, in as large a size as reasonable without crowding the text.
    3. Street Signage
      1. Location and type of street signposts and signs must be approved by Capital Planning & Development.
      2. Street signage shall comply with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and the Oregon Supplement to the MUTCD.
      3. The OSU campus standard post is Unistrut Telespar 2 in. x 2 in., 12 ft., 14 gauge galvanized steel, quick punch, installed per manufacturer’s recommendations, and painted OSU standard site furnishing colors. Refer to OSU Construction Standards 32 33 00 Site Furnishings. Post substitutions must be approved by Capital Planning & Development.
        1. Posts located outside hardscaped areas shall be buried approximately 3 feet below existing grade and backfilled with compacted ¾ in. – 0 in. rock, with the final 12 in. to match existing surface.
        2. Posts located in hardscaped areas shall be core drilled into pavement and anchored plumb with a cementitious mix.
        3. Surface mounted signposts for street signage are acceptable only for temporary use as approved by OSU Capital Planning and Development.
      4. Signposts for parking shall be the OSU campus standard post. Parking signage must meet MUTCD requirements for mounting height. Location and type of parking signpost and signs must be approved by OSU Transportation Services. 
        1. Surface mounted signposts are acceptable for parking signage as approved by OSU Transportation Services.
    4. Directional Signs
      1. Provide direction to parking lots, buildings, and athletic and/or event facilities within a specific location and include the following requirements:
        1. Minimum clearance for these signs located above a pedestrian walkway shall be 10 feet. If a directional sign is attached (such as to a building, light post, etc.):
          1. Attached signs shall meet MUTCD requirements for mounting heights. If the attached sign projects more than 1 foot, the edge of the sign face closest to the building shall not project more than 6 inches;
          2. No attached sign shall project more than 8 feet from the building face.
        2. No directional signs are to be attached to any historic building. (Refer to the OSU Historic Preservation Plan Design Guidelines.) This includes ADA signage providing direction to accessible entrances.
        3. No directional signs are to be attached to any light pole or light fixture.
        4. Refer to OSU Construction Standards Section 01 10 02 Accessibility Best Practices for OSU - accessible entrance directional signs.
    5. Illuminated Identification
      1. Illuminated signage is limited to locations or buildings that have student activities during the evening, and for way finding for emergency services.
      2. Illuminated signage may include neon signage to call attention to buildings that provide OSU approved commercial food service, OSU and student supported entertainment activities, and athletic or special events that promote campus-wide activities. These types of events or activities may include coffee shops, brew pubs, football stadiums, or conference centers.
      3. Neon signage requested for designated resources in the OSU National Historic District shall be governed by City of Corvallis Land Development Code Chapter 2.9 – Historic Resources.
      4. Illuminated signage may include marquee signage. Marquee signage must be placed in a location that has minimal impact to any adjacent intersecting streets.
      5. Illuminated and neon sign requests must be submitted to the Campus Planning Committee for approval.
    6. Banners
      1. Must be mounted on dual arms to a Historic Light Fixture (see Division 26 –Exterior Lighting)
    7. Construction Job Sign
      1. Refer to OSU Construction Standard 01 50 00 Temporary Facilities and Control
    8. Welcoming/ Information Kiosks
      1. Per ES&A’s copyright design available at Eugene Sign & Awning Company, 89975 Prairie Road, Eugene, OR 97402:
        1. Custom cabinet
        2. steel posts
        3. map panels
        4. down lighting
        5. appurtenances
        6. See Front and End / sign layout drawing (See Diagram 10 14 00B at the end of this section)

PART 2: INTERIOR SIGNS

  1. REQUIREMENTS
    1. OSU has an interior sign system that is consistent with all new and remodeled campus buildings constructed since 1991.
    2. The sign system shall be manufactured by a sign shop approved by Capital Planning and Development. The signs shall be a vandal resistant system, meet existing ADA regulations and OSU requirements for graphic clarity. Sign colors are left up to the building design team; however the size, shape and style will remain consistent with other interior building signage.
    3. All signage shall follow the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and OSU Construction Standards Section 01 10 02 Accessibility Best Practices for OSU.
    4. Provide room numbers on all rooms.
    5. The use of self-luminous exit signs containing radioactive material is prohibited unless specifically approved by Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S).
       
  2. TYPES OF INTERIOR SIGNS
    1. Exit Signs
      1. Tactile Exit Signs: Refer to Section 01 10 02 Accessibility Best Practices for OSU.
    2. Stairwell Floor Level Signs
      1. Refer to Section 01 10 02 Accessibility Best Practices for OSU for signage requirements for floor level designation in stairwells.
    3. Room Hazard Signage
      1. Utilize Module 8.11 (wall mount) to accommodate an 8.5 in. x 11 in. insert; inserts to be provided by Environmental Health & Safety (EH & S).
      2. Signs to be mounted at each room entrance
      3. Signs to be 49 in. high (to sign bottom) on door knob side and below room number signage
    4. Emergency Evacuation Sign
      1. All campus buildings shall have building evacuation signs posted on every occupied floor. 
        1. The signs shall be posted at all stairway and elevator landings and immediately inside all public entrances to the building.
        2. The insert for the holder shall conform to the following criteria to comply with state regulations:
          1. Show floor plan for the level on which it is placed. It should be easy to see immediately by someone entering that floor of the building.
          2. Place signs no more than 4 feet above finished floor.
          3. Make sign’s lettering at least 3/16 inch high in a sans-serif font. The words shall be in sharp contrast to the background and easy to read.
          4. Include emergency procedure information for those with disabilities.
          5. Indicate the locations of exits and fire alarm pull stations.
          6. If there are elevators on the floor, state they are not to be used during emergencies.
          7. Other pertinent information may be added to the sign, such as location of fire extinguishers, hazardous material spill kits, or emergency preparedness equipment.
    5. Restroom Signs
      1. For multi-stall gendered restrooms, in addition to existing ADA design standards: 
        1. Signs shall include the language “MEN” or “WOMEN” only, utilizing raised characters in uppercase san serif fonts.
        2. Include the proper contracted (Grade 2) Braille for “MEN” or “WOMEN”.
        3. Ensure pictograms correspond with the features of the restroom. In addition to a gender specific pictogram, include pictograms for common features, such as: Toilet, Urinal, Shower, OSU standard wheelchair icon (sinks are implied), and a separate changing table sign if such facilities are included.
        4. Sufficient contrast is important, specific color combinations are not specified.
      2. For multi-stall non-gendered restrooms, in addition to existing ADA design standards:
         a. Signs shall include the language “MULTI-STALL RESTROOM” only, utilizing raised characters in uppercase san serif fonts.
         b. Include the proper contracted (Grade 2) Braille for “MULTI-STALL RESTROOM”.
         c. Ensure pictograms correspond with the features of the restroom, and do not include a gender pictogram of any kind. Common Pictograms to include: Toilet, Urinal, Shower, OSU standard wheelchair icon (sinks are implied), and a separate changing table sign if such facilities are included.
         d. Sufficient contrast is important, specific color combinations are not specified.
         e. Below are examples of pictogram arrangement, not a comprehensive list of all possible combinations of pictograms.
      3. For all single-user restrooms, in addition to existing ADA design standards:
        1. Signs shall include the language “MULTI-STALL RESTROOM” only, utilizing raised characters in uppercase san serif fonts.
        2. Include the proper contracted (Grade 2) Braille for “MULTI-STALL RESTROOM”.
        3. Ensure pictograms correspond with the features of the restroom, and do not include a gender pictogram of any kind. Common Pictograms to include: Toilet, Urinal, Shower, OSU standard wheelchair icon (sinks are implied), and a separate changing table sign if such facilities are included.
        4. Sufficient contrast is important, specific color combinations are not specified.
        5. Below are examples of pictogram arrangement, not a comprehensive list of all possible combinations of pictograms.

     

     Diagram 10 14 00 A


     


     

    Diagram 10 14 00 B

Last Updated: 
01/30/2020