The Downtown Austin Wayfinding Project is an initiative to make it easier for residents, commuters and tourists to find Downtown Austin destinations and attractions. The “wayfinding” improvement project, an action item outlined in the Downtown Austin Plan adopted by City Council in December 2011, aims to integrate a range of navigation and communication tools for traversing the downtown area, such as signage, brochures, kiosks and smart-phone applications. “Wayfinding” explores ways to navigate from one place to another, and focuses on highlighting the experience of the path and eventual arrival of the wayfinding user. The system will underscore downtown’s unique and eclectic identity, as well as improve movement for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
Development of Bid Documents: (Projected Completion – April, 2014)
The project team, using the Graphics Manual as a base, will develop bid documents for system implementation. Staff will issue a single solicitation for construction in two or three phases.
Orientation Map Development: (Projected Completion –Summer of 2014)
During the development of the bid documents the project team will also be developing the “Orientation Base Map”. This map will serve as the background graphic for the entire system and will require a significant amount of internal and external stakeholder input.
Bid and Award: (Projected Completion – Late Summer)
Construction: (1st Phase Projected Completion - Late 2014)
First phase implementation of pedestrian and parking signage is expected later this year. Future construction phases will happen in the succeeding summers.