Two 60-foot-long brick and limestone structures that stand six-feet high along Mission Street at the corners of Bellows Street and West Campus Drive make it clear that you've arrived to the Central Michigan University campus.
The gateway monuments are part of the first construction phase of the CMU Campus Identity Plan that kicked off in mid-July. Projects completed over the summer also included installing about two dozen of the more than 260 building identity, pedestrian wayfinding and vehicular directional signs across campus.
Crews are finalizing lighting at the gateway monuments, repairing landscape around new wayfinding signage and adding campus maps to the pedestrian wayfinding signs, said Sara VanderVeen, CMU plant engineering and planning project manager.
The goal of the Campus Identity Plan is to enhance the campus image; enable drivers and pedestrians to know where they are and where they're going; and to convey a branded, friendly, welcoming environment.
This first phase, which included planning, project design and construction of two of the largest elements of the plan, cost nearly $975,000.
Phase two begins in summer 2017
Construction of a 21-foot-tall archway adjacent to Broomfield Road is scheduled for next summer as implementation of the plan continues.
The archway, on Broomfield Road across from the John G. Kulhavi Events Center, will serve as a pedestrian entrance to residence halls and the academic heart of campus.
Further vehicular and building signage also will be installed.
Campus Identity Plan development began in January 2014 under the guidance of AECOM — a design firm that held numerous meetings and gathered ideas from more than 1,000 students, faculty and staff, and area community members — to improve the functionality and character of campus.