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University of Virginia Health System

Charlottesville, VA

Corbin Design’s work for the University of Virginia started with an assignment to improve wayfinding at the university’s medical center, and expanded to include the development of wayfinding signage standards for the entire health system and university.

The project entails providing information for more than 650,000 visits to the UVA Health System for inpatient, outpatient and emergency care each year, together with the university’s 19,700 undergraduate and graduate students.

The historic university, founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, is comprised of the health sciences center, Jefferson’s original “Academical Village” campus, and a west campus that includes classrooms and athletic facilities. Corbin Design’s wayfinding system relies on symbols and typography to guide patients and visitors, students and staff first to the appropriate campus and then to the specific destination within the campus. Medical center destination signage uses the health system logo, while academic and athletic destination signs sport the university logo.

In conjunction with the signage standards, Corbin Design also developed an online wayfinding system to help orient new patients to the medical center before they arrive on campus.