A University System of Georgia Board of Regents committee approved GRU’s request for the new signs on Tuesday and the full board is expected to take it up Wednesday.
The university and its health system have a budget of $3.8 million to replace existing signs and improve signs guiding traffic around the campus, said Phil Howard, vice president of facilities service for GRU. The money will come from accumulated funds from the margin allocation that the health system transfers to the university every year and some directly from the health system, he said.
Officials have said they had money set aside for new signs before the Medical College of Georgia became Georgia Health Sciences University in 2011, but held off once consolidation began to be discussed.
Design work for the new GRU signs still needs finalizing, probably in late September, and then the projects can be put out to bid, Howard said. Changing all of the signs will be spread out over two fiscal years, he said.
“Gateway” signs, at entry points into the various campuses, will be newly built at the health sciences campus. On the Summerville campus, formerly Augusta State University, most will be modified.
The large electronic sign on Wrightsboro Road for Christenberry Fieldhouse will be new and the large lit signs on the health sciences building will also be replaced.
There will also be new signs directing traffic, primarily on the health sciences campus, Howard said. The health system’s and the university’s satellite campuses will also get the new signs, he said. The idea is to try to achieve a single look, Howard said.
“The design of all of the gateway (signs) is a consistent theme now on all campuses,” he said. “So it is going to tie in a whole university look. They won’t look different at the various campuses, for the most part.”
New signs could start appearing in about four months, Howard said, pending approval.