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Merje Lansdale Wayfinding Presentation 3.18.13

Merje Lansdale Wayfinding Presentation 3.18.13

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Presentation by Merje Design to Lansdale Economic Development Committee and Communication Commission about potential wayfinding sign system in and around Lansdale. Courtesy of Lansdale borough.
Presentation by Merje Design to Lansdale Economic Development Committee and Communication Commission about potential wayfinding sign system in and around Lansdale. Courtesy of Lansdale borough.

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LANSDALE BOROUGH WAYFINDING PROGRAM

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Vehicular Directionals

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WE ST C H E ST E R • PEN N SY LVA N I A

COMMUNITY WAYFINDING PROJECTS
PENNSYLVANIA City of Chester Fairmount Park Wissahickon Park FLORIDA Miami Beach Downtown Miami Downtown Tampa St. Petersburg Sarasota Ocala GEORGIA Savannah (Hist. District) Augusta VIRGINIA Charlottesville Fredericksburg Southern Fairfax Cty . NEW JERSEY Camden Bayonne Downtown Newark Englewood Jersey City Morris County Plainsboro NJ Master Plan MARYLAND Annapolis Frederick Towson NORTH CAROLINA Asheville - regional Downtown Cary Fayetteville Greenville Yadkin Valley CALIFORNIA Coronado Downtown San Diego Mammoth Lakes Novato Santa Cruz TEXAS Downtown Austin Downtown Dallas Fredericksburg McKinney ADDITIONAL Downtown Phoenix Downtown Knoxville Bentonville, AR North-West AR Butler County OH, Walla Walla WA

LOCAL WAYFINDING PROGRAMS

Fairmount Park • Schuylkill Banks • CBS 3 The Wanamaker Building • Episcopal Academy • City of Camden

Lansdale Borough Wayfinding Program Objectives

Implement a user-friendly & visible navigational system guiding visitors and residents to / from Lansdale destinations. Market the assets of Lansdale
Downtown • Parks • Shopping / Dining • Transit • Tourism Attractions • Government Buildings

Unified messaging reflected in the wayfinding signage and carried through The Borough’s new branding efforts. Direct to Parking Garages/Lots, navigate the complex traffic intersections where train tracks and roads intersect, as well as ease pedestrian wayfinding issues.

Lansdale Borough Wayfinding Program Project Recommendations: Wayfinding Create Memorable Gateways Public Art • Landscaping • Lighting Parking…Parking…Parking Direct • Identify • Inform

Parking: 90% Marketing / 10% Capacity Web • Print • Signage • Transit • Technology This is a pedestrian focused program Orientation • Connection

Lansdale Borough Wayfinding Program Project Recommendations: Wayfinding

Promote multi-modal transportation: Connect Parking, Transit and Shopping areas

Develop a single overriding theme that can be adapted to a variety of conditions

Design a system unique to Lansdale Fits into the community and future context

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Observations for signage and wayfinding elements in Lansdale: 1 Gateways: • Existing Gateway at Train Station is old, in disrepair and obscured by tree branches • Borough Limit signs are good locations, but not unique to Lansdale • There are no major Gateways at entrances to the Borough, other than the one at the Train Station 2 Existing Wayfinding Signs: • Very few to be found 3 Parking Lot signage: • Does not utilize a Parking “P” • Small signs - easily over-looked in streetscape • Newer system is not used consistently across all lots, lots will change soon 4 SEPTA signage: • Standard SEPTA signage around the station • There is a large map kiosk at the station of the SEPTA lines 5 Park Signage : • Variety of styles - a few have a family-feel • Doesn’t connect with any Borough signage 6 Interpretive signage: • Only found at Wissahickon Park • Interesting story and information 7 Standard DOT signage:

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Orientation Maps

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The primary focus will be to coordinate terminology to create consistent messaging and provide a seamless journey for visitors as they transition from the highway to the Borough of Lansdale Wayfinding Program.

Consider a variety of elements which welcome visitors to the Borough of Lansdale. This can include architectural elements, public art, lighting, landscaping, and, of course, signage. There is also entry to the Borough from the Train Station, so a Gateway needs to be developed from that entry point as well.

These sign types will be designed to meet DOT criteria for messages, number of messages per panel, character height and contrast.

These will be wayfinding elements in parking lots/ garages that welcome and orient the visitor, as well as identify the lot/ garage.

These sign types will be designed to meet DOT criteria for messages, number of messages per panel, character height and contrast.

This system will include this type of sign for destinations that may be difficult to locate or do not currently have adequate signage.

Located at key gathering points, kiosks function much like a directory at a mall and provide options for multiple types of information.

Generally doublesided and with up to 10 listings, pedestrian scale signs are smaller (not visible from a vehicle) and can direct to second tier destinations, paths, nodes, clusters or focused destinations such as the Performing Arts Center.

A simple graphic map illustrates the general area. Focus is on 5 minute walk and can include more detailed information than an overview map. The map becomes standard artwork that can be used for print, web and other media.

Departure routes are equally important to arrival. These trailblazer signs utilize standard MUTCD and State highway shields to provide clear pathways to the nearest highway from destinations in the Borough of Lansdale.

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SECONDARY GATEWAYS

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Secondary gateways are located at the other points of visitor entry into Lansdale. These gateways welcome visitors and convey the Borough’s brand message at a smaller scale. They can be designed to include landscaping, lighting or signage.
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stations with parking lots and several park facilities with parking lots of their own. Our goal is to direct visitors to downtown parking facilities, parks, the municipal complex and train stations. The challenge will be to direct traffic in ways that avoid train tracks and take into account the new street projects that are occurring with in the next year.

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Cultural Historic Society Jenkins Homestead Performing Arts Center Government Public Library Borough Hall Post O ce Parks and Rec. Department Parks Whites Rd. Park Stoney Creek Park Fourth St. Park Schwieker Park Hancock St. Park Memorial Park Moyers Rd. Park Wissahickin Park

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wayfinding signage that SEPTA uses. There is an abundance of CAUTION signs around the tracks. While we realize this is necessary, additional pedestrian wayfinding elements should be explored to assure the visitor a safe path exists around the train station.

The Lansdale Transportation Center is a station along the SEPTA Doylestown Line. It was originally built in 1902 by the Reading Company (RDG). The station is located at Main Street (PA 63) and Green Street in Lansdale, Pennsylvania and has a 497-space parking lot. It is served by the Lansdale/Doylestown Line.

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Railroad Plaza is located across the tracks to the west of the station. It is an attractive plaza where many public events are held and there is a Kugal Ball on display. This could be a possible location for an information kiosk. A clear pedestrian path should be established from the station to the plaza. This can be seen by visitors as daunting because it requires crossing the tracks, and there are CAUTION signs everywhere. A clear path is not immediately understood.
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The station is a gateway to the Borough of Lansdale. Currently, there is a welcome sign located on Main Street outside the station which is old, in disrepair and obscured by a large pine tree. A new gateway should be located near the station to welcome visitors, possibly provide wayfinding information, and highlight this historic Borough landmark.
EXISTING SEPTA SIGNAGE:

SEPTA has their own sign design standards for the station, and our goal is have new wayfinding elements compliment those already in place from SEPTA. We could use the same directional arrow on our

Pennbrook Station is to the south of Lansdale Station. There is no ticket office at this station, but there is a parking lot. The connection between these two stations needs to be addressed in the wayfinding program.

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Coordinate with SEPTA to define clear pedestrian paths around the station and tracks (see pg. 2.12) Replace the old Lansdale Gateway at the Train Station with a new design and ensure the gateway is visible from both directions. Encorporate city sheilds into base. Coordinate location with SEPTA. Place an Information Kiosk at Railroad Plaza with maps, area to highlight public events and possible technology elements.

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Current Parking Lot Signage

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Pedestrian Portal from Madison Avenue Lot to Main Street

Pedestrian Portal from Main Street to Madison Avenue Lot

PARKING ISSUES
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Parking in any urban environment is always difficult. The issue of parking within this wayfinding study is not meant to be a study in parking capacities, or utilization, but it does look at the parking situation from its placement in the wayfinding hierarchy and the image the Borough is presenting to visitors upon their arrival. If parking is easier to find and presented in a organized manner, the Borough will be perceived as a friendly and caring environment that is trying to assist visitors and residents alike.

presenting a clear path to guide visitors to areas they may park in. We will explore ways to present all public parking garages and lots in a consistent manner.

PARKING GARAGE / LOT NAMES It is easier to locate Parking Garages and Lots if they are named after the street they are located on. Not all the lots in Lansdale are named in this manner. We recommend looking at ways to rename or add address information to the lot/garages’ signage, to aid in wayfinding and help visitors when they are trying to find a place to park.

OBSERVATIONS and ISSUES: There are currently five parking lots in the downtown Lansdale area. Current and upcoming Borough projects will affect public parking in the downtown. Two current lots will be merged together (Lots 25 & 26 on map at left) and a new Parking Garage will be located near the train station off Madison Street. There are two other current parking lots located on Main Street that will remain unchanged. Currently, parking directional signs and identification signs are not consistent in PARKING WEB PRESENCE There is basically no information on where to park in Lansdale available on the internet. PARKING PORTAL There is a “Parking Portal” on Main Street that allows pedestrians to access the Madison Parking Lot. It has no wayfinding element associated with it to help call attention to it. This could be a good place to located a kiosk or pedestrian map.

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Have Public Parking maps and information available on the homepage of the Borough website. Utilize a parking “P” icon across the wayfinding program to guide people to and identify public parking.

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A Lansdale Parking App could also be explored to allow visitors to easily find parking in Lansdale. QR Codes with information about parking rates/hours, shopping and dining, and special events can be located on kiosks as well.

The current Parking Portal to Madison Avenue Lot needs a fresh coat of paint and landscaping along the brick path. It would also become a more effective wayfinding element if the Parking “P” and lot name were added to the structure. Planter pots on both ends of the walkway would also be a nice touch to make the portal more welcoming. There is an opportunity to add public art or wayfinding information on the blank white building wall along the pedestrian path. The path itself appears to be well-lit. The Madison Lot side of the Portal path would be a good spot for a pedestrian map or kiosk to orient people as they get out of their parked cars. There is a nicely paved path to the Portal with new lightpoles on either side. Banners could be added to these lightpoles to help attract people getting out of their cars to the kiosk and the Portal to Main Street.
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It is easier to locate Parking Lots if they are named after the street they are located on. Currently, three of the lots in Lansdale are named in this manner. The other two are not named at all. In the coming months as the Wood-Vine connector project is completed, we recommend looking at ways to add address information to all the parking identification signage, to aid in wayfinding and help visitors when they are trying to locate parking. Parking Signage should also incorporate a Parking “P” that is easy to see and follow as a trailblazer to parking lots. Lots should also be signed to on pedestrian signs and located on kiosk maps.

Parking lot locations, rates, and hours would be helpful information for a visitor to find on the Borough’s website.

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Re-furbish the Parking Portal on Main Street with paint, graphics and lot name. Look to landscape the path in a more attractive way. On the Madison Lot end of the portal, add banners and a kiosk to orient people when they get out of their car. Once the Garage project is finished, look to create a mobile parking app for Lansdale that will provide even more information about available parking.

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Auto to Pedestrian Transition

Pedestrian Path is not clearly marked

Train to Pedestrian Transition

Adding pavers with messages is a way to guide pedestrians around the train track intersections

Bus to Pedestrian Transition

PEDESTRIAN ISSUES

ARRIVAL POINTS

• Construction projects - sidewalks closed
GUIDING THE PEDESTRIAN

Pedestrians can arrive in Lansdale at a number of various points and each provides unique conditions and requirements. Upon arrival, appropriate information shall be provided, including; identification, orientation, directional, real-time data and general information. Types of pedestrian arrival points include; Auto > Pedestrian Transition: Opportunities at Parking garages and surface lots for pedestrian information and maps on kiosks. Train > Pedestrian Transition: Opportunities at Train Stations for a gateway and pedestrian information and maps on kiosks. Bus > Pedestrian Transition: Information can be provided at primary bus stops that have significant boardings to help visitors connect to Downtown.

Pedestrian signs will be located in the downtown area along Main Street (possibly from Cannon Avenue to Line Street). It is important to make pedestrians feel safe and guided along Main Street around the Lansdale Train Station, which is seen as a barrier by some visitors.
OPPORTUNITIES:

TYPES OF PEDESTRIAN INFORMATION: • Orientation • District Identification • Directional • Informational • Events and Promotions • Real-Time Data • Distance to Destination
TYPES OF PEDESTRIAN WAYFINDING TOOLS:

• Gathering nodes (Railway Plaza) where significant information can be shared • Natural landmarks provide orientation • Existing infrastructure (light poles) provide mounting devices • Inclusion of inlaid street elements, reduce additional obstacles in sidewalks • Technology allows for deeper information to be provided CURRENT OBSTACLES: • ADA Clearance and Mobility Issues • Train tracks • Gaps in sidewalk infrastructure • Safety Issues • Areas of auto and train interaction • Unfriendly pedestrian intersections

• Orientation Maps • Directional Signs • Technology Elements • Community Boards • Landmarks / Public Art • Sidewalk markings / paint / pavers • Inlaid sidewalk markers give direction
Note: Review of individual site requirements (ADA clearances, sidewalk conditions, etc.) will be accomplished during the programming phase of this project, when exact placement for wayfinding elements are analyzed and chosen. The scope of this plan does not include a physical inventory of every existing pedestrian site condition in Lansdale, but more of a identification of general opportunities, obstacles and best practices that can be used when determining the wayfinding tools information and placement.

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Place Kiosks at Madison Lot and Railroad Plaza. Smaller pedestrian maps can be located in other parking lots. Locate pedestrian signs along Main Street to direct to downtown destinations.

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PEDESTRIAN PATH AROUND LANSDALE TRAIN STATION

Heading East on Main Street the paved sidewalk ends at the tall Lansdale Station SEPTA sign and at Railroad Street. Wayfinding elements to consider at these locations could be: • A simple pedestrian trailblazer in the ground • An inlaid or painted element on the sidewalk • Banners • Temporary Signage (sandwich boards) The element should have an arrow or icon to assure people it is safe to cross the tracks. It should also have a safety message to look before crossing. Painting or paving an actual path along these areas would be ideal, but that is something that would require close coordination with SEPTA.

The train tracks can be seen as a confusing and even dangerous area for pedestrians to traverse. This is due largely to the lack of a clear pedestrian path across the 3 tracks. Heading west on Main Street, the left side of the street is the largest length of track to be crossed and there is basically no path marked for a pedestrian. Working with SEPTA we hope to create some wayfinding elements to guide visitors and residents alike across this stretch of street. There is a portion of street with a blue painted walking path marked on the right side of Main Street (heading west) which leads pedestrians across the first track and into the Lansdale Station. But this path does not address the two tracks that run from the station itself.

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Coordinate with SEPTA ways to address the lack of sidewalk structure around the train station to better guide pedestrians along Main Street. Temporary solutions could be used first. Place Pedestrian trailblazers where sidewalk ends, encouraging people to look, and then keep going along Main Street.

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A Borough-wide banner program can market non-profit groups, promote events, identify the downtown or assure visitors that they are traveling through the correct corridor toward their destination. A coordinated banner program requires consistent design standards, material specifications and management process. Lansdale has relatively new lightposts along Main Street and Madison Street that could support banners or flags. Phoenix, AZ Banner Program Lansdale lightposts

Approved Materials: • Acrylic (10 oz. per sq. yd, w/reinforced webbing) • Nylon (4 oz. per sq. yd, w/reinforced webbing) • Cotton Canvas (10 oz. per sq. yd) • Other fabrics with equivalent strength Openings: • 4 inch pockets across the top and bottom with double-stitch turn down, 1/2 inch standard. • Grommets at top and bottom, pole-side only.

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BANNER PROGRAMS

An Lansdale Banner System would: • Define the Downtown area. • Support wayfinding. • Promote the Borough as a vibrant and active environment. • Market various Borough events, history, activities and attractions. • Communicate a welcoming and celebratory message to visitors. • Offer opportunities for public/private/ local artist partnerships. Make recommendations for the following: • Identify which Borough of Lansdale entity will manage the banner program. • Identify which areas or streets may receive banners. • Develop an inventory of the poles where banners can be placed. • Establish policies, eligibility and application processes. • Provide design guidelines and a review process. • Determine technical specifications, sizes, materials and hardware required. • Identify a funding strategy and fees. • Include local art component.

The following organizations are typically eligible for banners opportunities: • Educational facility or other non-profit groups based in Lansdale. • Groups hosting special events. • Borough-wide special events or activities open to the public occurring in the Borough. • Any entity wishing to promote an event, exhibit or celebration of civic interest. The intent of an Lansdale Banner system is to improve the aesthetic appearance of the environment. The purpose is not to advertise private businesses or to sell merchandise, products or services, but to promote; community activities, Borough institutions, and the rich cultural heritage of the Borough of Lansdale.

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Implement a banner system for Main Street and Madison Avenue. Banners should highlight the new brand.

Wood-Vine Connector
Madison Lot Redevelopment Wood - Vine Connector

Lansdale Borough Council Meeting

P.C.T.I. Wood-Vine Connector Update
July 25, 2012
Earl W. Armitage III, PE Mark E. Bickerton, PE

Madison Lot Redevelopment
MADISON PARKING LOT REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
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CURRENT REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

WOOD - VINE CONNECTOR PROJECT

311 WEST MAIN PROPERTY/PROJECT

Scheduled to begin construction in spring of 2013, this streetscape and traffic flow project will create improved pedestrian accommodations along Vine Street, new lighting and streetscape elements, more public parking, and a better flow of traffic around the train tracks in the center of town. This project will affect the new Lansdale Wayfinding Program in many ways, from maps, to vehicular, parking and pedestrian signage.

This is an ongoing project to renovate and promote 311 West Main Street as a Cultural Center for the Borough of Lansdale. Currently, this project will not affect the new Lansdale Wayfinding Program.

WATER TOWER

There is a water tower at the back corner of the Madison Lot Redevelopment project area. Water towers can be painted, externally illuminated or used creatively in other ways to create a enhanced landmark for the Borough of Lansdale.

MADISON LOT REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT

Proposed by BPG Development Company in Philadelphia, this project’s timeline is set to be completed in 2015. It includes a multilevel parking garage, retail space, housing and green space in what is now the Madison Parking Lot. This project will affect the new Lansdale Wayfinding Program in many ways, from maps, to vehicular, parking and pedestrian signage.

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Re-assess Parking lot names and sign placement when the Wood-Vine connector project is completed. Determine when the water tower is scheduled to be re-painted. Look to incorporate the Lansdale brand in the re-painting.

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Print Communications Marketing Official Informational Environmental Graphic Design Gateways Wayfinding Interpretive

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Experience • Lifestyle • Diversity • Uniqueness • People • Culture • Viability • History

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12'-0"

10'-6"

9'-0"

7'-6"

6'-0"

SCALE: 3/4" = 1'-0"

Two panels create a layered color e ect

Back of Sign

New brand on pole sleeve

3'-3"

Downtown
3'-6"

Whites Road Park

2'-3 3/4"

Stony Creek Park

2'-10"

4 1/2"

4 1/2"

Vehicular Directional ( 25 MPH & More)

Vehicular Directional (25 MPH & Less) small

Side View

Back of Sign

3'-3"

West Main St Parking P
4'- 1"

Municipal Complex

P

P

west main street lot
HOURS: 7:00am - 10:00pm M-TH 7:00am - 12:00am F-SUN

Vehicular Directional (25 MPH & Less) medium

Parking Trailblazer

Parking Identi cation

Pedestrian Banner

Destination Destination Destination Destination Destination Destination

P P
3 4 6 18 P 7 5 10 1 2 13
P P
3 4 6 18 P 7 5 1 2 13

8 9

Pedestrian Directional

3-sided Pedestrian Kiosk

2-sided Pedestrian Map

QUESTIONS ANSWERS

Steering Committee

STRATEGY AND ADMINISTRATION

FUNDING SOURCES
TBD TBD TBD

DAY TO DAY MANAGEMENT & COORDINATION
Borough Planner Public Works Borough Engineer

PHYSICAL MAINTENANCE & REPAIR

Public Works Contractor

SignLongevity Longevity Sign Design and Planning

0-4 Years 0-4 Years Design: General Evaluation of positive and negative aspects of the system. Planning: Borough of Lansdale In-house maintenance based on new request and circulation/destination updates.

5-9 years 5-9 Years Design: General Evaluation of positive and negative aspects of the system. Planning: Contract with a consultant to analyze major changes to the Borough of Lansdale and necessary system adjustments. 1 or 2 updates possible during this time period. Parts replacements and full sign replacement as needed. Cleaning solvents and Goo-Gone are typical products utilized. Annual Cleaning

10-15+ years 10-15+ Years If the system has not been analyzed since implementation, a major updating is likely to be needed. Outside consultants will be required to review and inventory the system, as well as make suggested changes based on new circulation, destinations, etc.

Sign Longevity Custom Color Life Span: 3M High Intensity Diamond Grade

0-4 Years Covered under warranty for 3 years. Color generally maintained beyond warranty period, depends on direction sign panel is facing. Specifications require 5 year fabricator warranty for workmanship. General wear-and-tear maintenance required Covered under manufacturers warranty. General maintenance and touch-up will be required.

5-9 years Fading may begin depending on the direction sign panel is facing. Individual signs may require sheeting to be replaced during this time period General wear-and-tear maintenance required.

10-15+ years Fading occurs, if not previously replaced. 10 -15 years is the maximum lifespan.

General Materials: Aluminum Sign Panels & Posts

General wear-and-tear maintenance required.

Vandalism

Annual cleaning/repair. Stickers and graffiti are most common. Cleaning solvents and Goo-Gone are typical products utilized.

Parts replacements / full sign replacement as needed. Cleaning solvents and Goo-Gone are typical products utilized. Annual Cleaning Painted Surfaces

Cleaning Schedule

Annual Cleaning

Management / Administration

Weekly coordination transitioning to quarterly coordination between Borough of Lansdale and fabricator during year 1 and 2. Day-to-day monitoring of the system, based on Facilities observations, safety issues and citizens reports. Maintenance Free Covered under Warranty for 3 years.

Annual coordination between Borough of Lansdale and fabricator. Day-to-day monitoring of the system, based on Facilities observations, safety issues and citizens reports.

Annual coordination between Borough of Lansdale and fabricator. Day-to-day monitoring of the system, based on Facilities observations, safety issues and citizens reports.

Warranty expires. Typically color holds up beyond warranty period. Fading may begin depending on the direction sign panel is facing. Individual signs may require individual parts to be replaced during this time period. Quantity of repairs increases, if not maintained previously. Inspect welds and fasteners for connection integrity.

Fading occurs – based on direction sign panel is facing – 10 – 15 years is the maximum lifespan to expect.

Sign Panels / Fasteners

Specifications require 5 year fabricator warranty for workmanship. General repairs and replacement due to auto incidents or vandalism. Inspect welds and fasteners for connection integrity. Specifications require 5 year fabricator warranty. General repairs and replacement of parts due to auto incidents or vandalism. Inspect welds and fasteners for connection integrity. Maintenance free. Inspect structural integrity – similar to any construction project.

Consider full inventory of system and repairs based on consistency of maintenance and up-keep over the years.

Breakaway Product: Transpo

Maintenance Free consider general review as part of yearly inspection process. Covered under warranty for 5-7 years. Reflectivity may be effective beyond the warranty period. Individual signs may require sheeting to be replaced during this time period

Maintenance Free consider general review as part of yearly inspection process. Reflectivity becomes less effective. if not previously replaced. 10 – 15 years is the maximum lifespan.

Brackets/ Fins / Details

Quantity of repairs increases, if not maintained previously. Inspect welds and fasteners for connection integrity.

Consider full inventory of system and repairs based on consistency of maintenance and up-keep over the years.

Reflectivity Life Span: 3M High Intensity Diamond Grade

Covered under warranty for 5-7 years

Concrete Footers

Maintenance free. Inspect structural integrity – similar to any construction project.

Maintenance free. Inspect structural integrity – similar to any construction project.

DAY-TO-DAY MAINTENANCE PROCESS FOR REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING SIGNS

SIGN BECOMES DAMAGED

LANSDALE WAYFINDING MANAGER

Dept of Public Works CONTRACTOR

Borough Public Works & Staff Monitor Sign Program

WAYFINDING MANAGER (TBD) Places Order with Approved Vendor

Borough: Quality Control Contract: Fabrication and Installation

LONG TERM MAINTENANCE PROCESS FOR ADDITION, SUBTRACTION or ALTERATIONS TO THE SYSTEM (annual)

Depending on the quantity of signs or complexity of the new routing a consultant may be required to assist with planning or possibly designing new elements

CHANGE TO SYSTEM BECOMES NECESSARY

Planning Dept. ON-LINE REQUEST FORM Steering Committee

WAYFINDING MANAGER Identifies Scope and Funding

Public Works Public Works CONTRACTOR

DESTINATION Identifies Need

DESTINATION Submits Online Request Form to WAYFINDING MANAGER

Based on program criteria Planning Dept. and Steering Committee Reviews Request

WAYFINDING MANAGER: Quality Control City: Approves Funding

City Places Order with Approved Vendor

City: Quality Control Contract: Fabrication/ Installation

3M High Intensity Reflective Vinyl

Downtown Phoenix Reflective Sheeting

Asheville, NC, Local Artisans

Solar Panel

Miami Beach , Solar Powered Gateway

Tampa Riverwalk, Solar Powered Kiosk

Examples of DOT regulatory signs, on standard metal posts

Sign Frames for Regulatory Signs

PROJECT APPROVAL PROCESS

MERJE UPDATES

MERJE UPDATES

State, County & Borough Input

Borough Input

Steering Committee
Outlines Objective

MERJE
Gather Information and Present Recommendations

Wayfinding Project Team
Review and Provide Recommendations

Steering Committee
Review and Comment

MERJE Presents
Additional Review and Recommendations

Borough Council
Accept Study

Implementation

Fabrication and Installation

Stakeholder Input

State Input

Stakeholder Input

Graphic Considerations - Submittal
7'-6"
General Notes: The Borough of Lansdale shall enter into an agreement with PENNDOT to assume all responsibility in the maintenance and management of the signs within the PENNDOT Right-of-Way (ROW). Numbers correspond to line items in the PENNDOT guidelines for Wayfinding Signs along State maintained roads.

VEHICULAR DESIGN REQUIREMENTS • Maximum of 3 messages per sign, with a maximum of 2 lines per attraction listing. • Color contrast should be at least

3'-4"

7a 7c
6'-4 1/2" - Largest Panel Shown 3'-6" Largest Panel Shown

7a 7d 7b 3a

Downtown Lansdale Whites Rd Park

Downtown Lansdale Train Station

3a Message Quantity 25 MPH or less 3 Destinations Max. 3b Messages Quantity 25 MPH or more Three Destinations Max. 6 Footer Break-Away or Yielding in Design as detailed in PENNDOT Roadway Standard Drawings or as approved by FHWA 7a Sign Panel Background Product: 3M Diamond Grade Reflective Sheeting Background: Custom Color (per MUTCD 2D.50) 7b Font for 25 MPH or less Style: Clearview Color: Standard - White Size: 4”Copy Height 7c Font for 25 MPH or more Style: Clearview Color: Standard - White 6”Copy Height 7d Arrow Style: MUTCD Arrow Color: Standard - White Hand: “All Left” 9 Material Product: 3M High Intensity Grade Reflective Sheeting Color: Background: Custom Color (per MUTCD 2D.50) Arrow, Font Rule Line: Standard White 3990

70 percent between typeface and background. • Type size to be 4 inches for signs in urban conditions with speeds of 25 mph or less and 6 inches for signs on roadways over 25 mph. • Clearview typeface as approved by DOT. • Background and graphics to be CUSTOM Color - Printed High Intensity Prismatic Vinyl. • Signs must have a clearance of at least 7 feet off the ground and 36 inches lateral clearance to satisfy the Americans with Disabilities Act requirement. • Minimum of 150 feet between signs, with a goal of no more than one sign per Borough block.

7d

9

3b

Hancock St Park

9

1'-0" min. 2’-0” max.

1'-0" min. 2’-0” max.

7'-6"

Edge of sign to curb.

7'-0"

Edge of sign to curb.

6
1
Front Elevation: VDIR.3 SCALE: 1/2" = 1'-0"

6
2
Front Elevation: VDIR.6 SCALE: 1/2" = 1'-0"

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