Augusta University - Summerville Campus: Names Change, Traditions Continue

Located in the lush and historic city of Augusta, Georgia, Augusta University is a public research university and medical center encompassing more than 200 acres and comprising four local campuses. Originally built as a United States Army arsenal in 1827, the Summerville campus served its original purpose for over 100 years before being given to the local Board of Education.

Now home to many of AU’s undergraduate programs and the Jaguar Student Activities Center, the Summerville campus is a busy hub for students and visitors alike who come to see the History Walk or visit one of the museums or the performing arts center.  After updating their designs in 2018, the campus entrances were need in of renovated gateway and monument signs while the campus itself required new wayfinding and parking signage that coordinated with the updated look. AU turned to  FMG Design, a Houston-based design firm specializing in wayfinding and environmental graphics. As a long-standing partner with FMG, Image Manufacturing Group collaborated with FMG to update the signage on campus with the newest designs.

To greet students, alumni and visitors, an existing brick masonry archway in the main entrance to the campus was updated with the University’s newest designs with two additional smaller brick arches along the roadways. Pedestrians and vehicular travelers will notice the bronze AU Academic seal on these smaller archways in addition to the gold Summerville campus logo on the attached iron gates. A smaller brick monument sign at the other entrance to the campus was also updated, with new signs featuring the Summerville logo ensuring that all visitors are properly welcomed.

Once on campus, vehicles are directed to buildings and parking lots by easily-spotted directionals that feature the AU shield in Augusta blue and acorn finials. Similar directionals help steer vehicles into the correct numbered permit lot, while aluminum discs marked with the lot numbers allow the visitors to easily recall their location. Students and visitors walking the campus are guided around with smaller directionals, featuring the same acorn finials.

One of the staples on campus is the Robert B. Greenblatt Library, named in honor of the pioneering doctor who served as professor and chairman of the Department of Endocrinology, the first academic department of its kind in the country. Providing resources and services for the faculty, staff and students of AU, the Greenblatt Library also serves as a source of health information for the entire state. New building identification monuments created with brick and frosted glass, allowing the signs to be illuminated from within at night, were installed outside the main entrance to the library. Additionally, two sets of channel letters were created for the façades of the building.