Mayo Clinic Way Finding System
For more than a century, Mayo Clinic practice has been guided by the principle that "the needs of the patients come first." This project continues this tradition through providing an innovative solutions in creating the optimal Way finding system for the subway and skyway that serves all patients, their families and any other visitors of the Mayo Clinic. A system that is in the one hand unique from the Clinic and on the other hand integrated with it.
The system included all signs types (orientation, directional, identification) to facilitate pedestrians navigation while following both Mayo Clinic and ADA act, regulations.
The Design proposal follows Mayo’s mission by providing some unique solutions to Way-finding that meet Mayo Clinic standards and serve their users’ needs accordingly. After analyzing the site Two different issues were taken into consideration. The first is how to emphasis the Center Place where users can easily find a connection point from the Skyway to the Subway and vice versa. This structure designed specifically for the Center Place location. The Center Place is the main connection point users should access in order to transfer from the Skyway to the Subway and vice versa. An emphasis on the Center Place has been implemented to show it as a unique, easy to spot destination on all directional and orientation signs.
Another issue is designing a system that suits user’s unique needs. This system serves the large percentage of users at Mayo Clinic where using wheelchairs is common at the location. For this reason, we designed this structure to give them closer access to the orientation information where small details are important. This would facilitate their mobility and ease of information recognition. On the other side, directional information is presented which does not need to be seen from close up.
Moreover, a unique numbering system has been developed for cross-referencing on the map and orientation signs. This system facilitates orientation recognition and ease user’s navigation. In addition, for more advanced future utilization of the system, this numbering system could be developed and integrated within a Mobile Application, for creating a digital way finding system across the skyway and subway.