Calgary wayfinding wins local, international awards

Posted in City Wayfinding, Civic, Corbin Client News, Wayfinding Concept on October 7th, 2013 by Mark VanderKlipp – Be the first to comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe City of Calgary is turning heads with its streetscape improvements in the Centre City. One great example is The City of Calgary’s wayfinding program, an integrated signage system which helps people easily locate points of interest in the greater downtown area and enhances people’s confidence to venture out and explore Calgary.

On October 7, 2013, the wayfinding program was recognized for a downtown merit award in the category of public space at the International Downtown Association World Congress & 59th Annual Conference in New York City. The award recognizes capital improvements that enhance the urban design, physical function, or economic viability of a downtown and also the entire community.

This is the second award for the wayfinding program. Earlier this year, The City of Calgary was honored with a Vitality Award from the Calgary Downtown Association. This award recognized the contribution that wayfinding makes in enhancing the vitality of Downtown Calgary, as a premiere place to work, live and play.

“Wayfinding is one of many programs that The City of Calgary is undertaking to build a more welcoming and vibrant Centre City. It’s very exciting to get recognition from our peers in both the Calgary business community and the international downtown community for the great work we do in improving our public spaces,” said Graham Gerylo, project manager, Centre City Planning & Implementation.

About Calgary’s Centre City:
Calgary’s City Centre is an important area. Home to over 6,000 businesses, 34,000 Calgarians, over 55 attractions and points and interest, and hundreds of events and festivals – it’s the economic, cultural and social hub of the city.

In 2007, Calgary’s City Council approved The Centre City Plan, a comprehensive and strategic long-term vision for the future of our Centre City. Since then, The City and its many partners have made a significant investment to implement the Plan and achieve its vision of a livable, thriving and caring core.

For more information, please visit calgary.ca/centrecity

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Corbin Design, a national leader in wayfinding planning and signage design, announced Shelley Steele has been named President. Steele formerly served as vice president of marketing.

As president, Steele is primarily responsible for the vision and direction of Corbin Design as well as the internal leadership and management of the staff. In her new role, she will continue to oversee business development and marketing.

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As we develop wayfinding systems for a variety of clients, we appreciate how public engagement is critical to the design process. Here, we share two examples from recent client groups and the outcomes of those sessions:

Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans LA

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The FHWA has issued a clarification on the ruling it issued on January 25, 2016 terminating the Interim Approval of Clearview as an alternate font to the MUTCD. With regard to community wayfinding signage systems, the use of alternate fonts is still possible.

To summarize:

  • Projects currently in fabrication do not need to comply.
  • To the extent possible, projects currently in design should switch to the

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