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Flanagan Campus building is renumbered
Aug. 20, 2013
The new crop of students set to flood into the Community College of Rhode Island at the start of the 2013-14 academic year next month isn’t the only signal of change afoot. Director of Administration William R. Ferland is pleased to announce that starting this semester, the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln will sport a new numbering system.
While to the uninitiated it may seem like a small change, Ferland – and any student, staff or faculty member who is familiar with searching for a room in the sprawling two-floor campus – confirmed that the new system comes on the heels of many years of people clamoring for a simpler, more transparent arrangement.
In place of the old numbering system, which divides the building up into three modules, the new numbering system will offer a more useful touchstone for visitors. Room numbers now will be composed of three elements: The floor number, the sequential corridor number and the classroom number. Learn more about the system.
Ferland explained that in 2005, some members of faculty and IT Department began a Learning Spaces Committee that set out to look at how any learning space could be better equipped for the needs of teachers and students. Everything from pencil sharpeners to new technology was considered, said Ferland. But over and over again, the Flangan Campus presented a sticky wicket – visitors were often flummoxed by the building’s layout, choosing instead to learn the location of a specific class rather than attempt to understand the room numbers for each. This meant that each semester, the process would have to start anew, said Ferland.
“When this was first presented at Opening Day several years ago,” said Ferland, “the faculty all cheered.”
Ferland added that for at least the first semester, temporary paper numbers showing the old numbering system would be displayed alongside the new numbers, which are a visible green (instead of brown) and are ADA compliant, meaning they feature Braille and are lower on the wall, making them more accessible. At each building entrance, new maps will be posted with a key explaining the new system. Later in the fall, visitors can also expect new banners hanging throughout the building, as well.
“Our hope is that this will be much more logical, and much clearer,” Ferland said.