Circulation and Wayfinding
An overarching issue was the concept of wayfinding, or the ability to navigate and ﬁ nd a destination easily and logically. It is inevitable that users of a new, unfamiliar space will encounter navigational challenges. However, participants in the initial planning sessions stated their concern regarding the overwhelming number of visitors and prospective students who currently are unable to ﬁ nd a particular building or location within the campus. Non-campus residents described the campus as a maze of sorts, which could be penetrated for speciﬁc events at large venues like the Weidner Center or Kress Events Center, but which was otherwise un-navigable.
Directing visitors from the surrounding network of roadways to the campus boundary is the ﬁrst challenge in the sequence of arrival to campus. By removing or de-emphasizing signage at secondary access points and enhancing the emphasis of Main Entrance Drive as the primary entrance to campus, visitors perceive a singular “front door” into the campus. The focus of this approach is on ﬁrst time and infrequent visitors; familiar campus users are encouraged to continue to use the secondary entrance points to and from campus.
The Master Plan uses the concept of the Inner Loop Road to address vehicular circulation and wayfinding within the campus boundaries. This circulation system, used primarily by visitors, emergency, and service vehicles, is intended to be a low-speed access road for travel to speciﬁc destinations. It allows users to maintain visual contact with the campus core and academic buildings, while navigating to their end location. Arterial roads intersect the Inner Loop Road at t-intersections, with a choice of right or left turns.
Pedestrian circulation uses the existing infrastructure of pedestrian walkways, maintains and continues pedestrian concourse connections to future buildings, and creates a ﬁner mesh of sidewalk networks within the housing village. A Main Street-like pedestrian corridor between the housing village and campus core is also outlined in the Master Plan. Pedestrian/vehicular conﬂicts can be minimized by pavement markings, raised cross walks, and signage.
Subtle wayfinding devices can be used to guide pedestrians through the campus. Varying landscape character near particular buildings or in certain areas can create deﬁnition and differentiation of space. Lantern-like architectural features guide pedestrians to speciﬁc buildings, particularly to building entrance/exit points and can be added to existing buildings or incorporated into new building projects. Some of these lantern-like beacons may be seen from the Inner Loop Road, similarly guiding the vehicular visitor to a destination.