Changes in operations and code requirements affect facility wayfinding

January 16, 2019

Institutional and commercial facilities are no strangers to change. But one often-overlooked issue involves changes that affect facility signage, according to an article from Facility Maintenance Decisions on the FacilitiesNet website.

Managers tend to assume that the signage already in place is sufficient and do not consider the way changes in operations and code requirements have resulted in new requirements.

The result can include confusion for occupants and visitors to fines for code violations. If managers are to avoid these issues, they must conduct a regular review of each facility’s signage needs. Two major areas managers must consider when reviewing sign requirements are wayfinding and code requirements.

The process starts with a review of the facility’s exterior. Federal, state and local regulations to a great extent dictate what can or must be installed. In general, all facilities must have address numbers, building numbers or some other acceptable means of building identification visible from the street that fronts the building. Additional signage might be required at rear alleyways or entrances.

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