This VA Signage Design Manual is a revision of the previous Design Guide published in December 2012.
The VA Signage Design Manual includes revisions, which are the result of new sign products, new sign manufacturing techniques and materials, regulatory changes, expansion of VA facilities, procedural changes, and practical knowledge gained from field experience. Revision of this manual has been a collaborative effort, with input from medical center staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Administration, National Cemetery Administration, and Veterans Benefits Administration program officials including designers, fire and safety, security, and law enforcement.
This Manual includes sections to assist VA facilities planning and/ or implementing signage projects of various sizes and complexities. It provides guidance for the development of a signage system that assists VA customers and staff as they approach the property, locate buildings, and navigate to destinations within the facility. These sections educate program officials, designers, and planners on identifying the need for a signage program and describes implementation processes and procedures. The manual also provides in-depth information on wayfinding methodologies and the importance of a cohesive wayfinding master plan.