requirements of OSHA, accessibility and Military Department safety
standards. Keep the messages on information signs simple. Use of
pictographs to aid in understanding messages, is encouraged where
feasible. Interior stairway signage shall comply with National Fire
Protection Agency 101, Life Safety Code. Clearly define all doors within
a stairway that do not lead to an exit with signage that states, "Not an
Exit". Exit doors shall be identified with tactile signs. The design
and location of emergency egress route/fire evacuation signs shall be
coordinated with the local fire marshall. Criteria for emergency exit
signs is found in Section 10.
Distribution Zone Signs. Facilities which utilize the
Integrated Building System (IBS) distribution zone concept (see IBS
section) shall include column markings within these areas to assist
maintenance staff. IBS signs shall be clear aluminum, approximately
300mm by 400mm in size. The signs shall be printed with the column
designations that appear on the structural drawings, the level
designation, building wing or block designation and compass direction as
it appears on the drawings. Lettering shall be approximately 40mm in
height, and in a contrasting color from the background. Reflective
lettering may also be considered. In addition to column signs, clearly
identify the exit routes within these utility areas. These signs are not
required to include Braille.
Room Designation Systems. Room designation for spaces within
a medical facility shall be developed jointly by the Using Service and
the design team. Provide a simple, clear and comprehensive scheme of
user room designations. User room designations shall be different from
the architectural room numbers, which are used for the maintenance room
number tags defined above. For medical facilities, rooms with audio-
visual nurse call systems using a digital paging system, are required to
have a unique user designation, so staff can easily know exactly to which
specific room they are to respond.
Sign Making Equipment. Requirements for sign making
equipment or software shall be determined jointly by the Using Agency and
the design team. If sign making equipment is to be provided, the
equipment shall be included in the construction contract.
Signage User's Manual. A signage user's manual shall be
developed. Signage provisions shall be presented in booklet form,
categorized by sign types. Each signage category shall include drawings,
details and technical specifications. This manual will be the guide for
alteration, expansion, and purchase of additional signage, without
reissue of the entire package during operation of the medical facility.
Upon completion of the project, signage materials and the user manual
will become the property of the medical facility, for maintenance of the
Existing Construction. Where projects involve the addition,
alteration or upgrade of an existing medical facility, an analysis shall
be made of existing site and building traffic patterns to determine
whether the existing signage system requires modification. Existing
signage systems shall be extended to building additions, where feasible.
Design Submittals. Signage schedule (exterior, directional,
and room signs) shall to be provided in electronic spreadsheet format.
Schedule shall include the architectural room number, user room
designation, type of sign, message, symbol (if needed), color, and