During the upcoming 2013 Fall Semester, the Community College of Baltimore County will rename all campus buildings. CCBC will also put up new exterior signage throughout the campus to help people find the buildings without difficulty. This overhaul will include all three campus locations: Catonsville, Dundalk, and Essex
On Wednesday, April 17, CCBC’s Board of Trustees voted on new building names during a board meeting. The change of the building names will lead to more effective signage on campus. The new building names will not only be placed on the actual building, but there will be signs posted throughout the campus to help people navigate.
“Signage will have special key destinations to help everyone,” said Al Starr, the Essex Campus Dean. “The signage placed throughout the campus will act as a guide for people looking for certain buildings on campus.”
On the campuses of Catonsville, Dundalk, and Essex, buildings are currently named in an A, B, C format. Each building is assigned a letter which signifies the identity of that particular building. The campus buildings originally had names some years ago, but these names were replaced with alphabetical letters. The rationale for assigning the building letters was to help students find buildings based on proximity. If you were in Building E, Building G should be close by.
“The ideas behind the building names were originally built this way for logic,” said Starr. The goal of the alphabetical technique was to allow anyone to smoothly transition from one building to the next. However, this system has plenty of room for improvement. Since the buildings on campus are not in a consistent straight line, the alphabetical letter system is not precise.
The president heard from many faculty and staff about discontent,” said Starr. Some of the faculty and staff were not the only ones dissatisfied with the lettering system. CCBC student Jasmine Heath, who is often approached by visitors for directions, said, “I don’t think the A,B,C system is very good. It’s a system! Which helps…But not the best.”
Now, instead of the new building names following an alphabetical format, the names will reflect the types of classes held inside. For example, the building on the Catonsville campus, known as the L building, is the location where the gym, health classes, and indoor athletic events are located. This building is expected to be renamed the Wellness and Athletics Center.
Furthermore, CCBC also has abbreviations to go along with the new campus building names. The expected abbreviation for the Wellness and Athletics Center is “C. Well.” The “C” represents the campus location of the building, and the word “Well” reflects the first four letters of the building. Students can expect this type of format for several of the new building abbreviations.
Big buildings, for example, the L building, on the Catonsville campus, will place new signage on different sides of the building, so anyone can recognize the building from a distance. “You want signage to be utilitarian; you don’t want it to take away the beauty of a place. You want it to be functional,” said Starr.
Jasmine Heath, who is in her fourth and final semester at CCBC, recalls her first week at the school as a struggle to get around. “Finding maps and asking other students where buildings were was how I figured things out.” The school has wisely decided to fix the problem for returning and new students for the fall semester of 2013.
During the first week of school, returning students should not worry about confusion because of the new building names. The school is fully prepared to handle the transition. “We’re hopeful the transition will be an easy one as we plan to have clear signage, maps and guides to help everyone find their way around campus – whether they’re used to the current building names or coming to campus for the first time,” said Mary DeLuca, the senior director of communications at CCBC.
“>The signage will be installed throughout the summer and the updated building names will be revealed by the start of the fall semester. “We’re planning to promote the changes with signage and through a variety of communication channels to ensure our students, as well as faculty, staff and visitors can comfortably navigate the campus while adjusting to the new names,” said DeLuca.
During late spring, students will begin receiving email notifications concerning the new building signage. “Of course, as always, students can be sure to stay on top of these changes by checking their CCBC email, where we’ll send notifications and links to the new maps and building name codes on the college website,” said DeLuca.
Students should not hesitate to go to the school with any questions or concerns in regards to the transition of new building names. “If students have any suggestions to help us, we encourage them to let us know,” said DeLuca. One of the best places to share feedback and ideas is on CCBC’s Facebook page. Mary DeLuca encourages students to write their comments on the page which can be found at www.facebook.com/ccbcmd.
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