This pedestrian signage plan provides guidance on wayfinding components within the designated Multi-Modal Spine and shared-use path networks for the rebuild and reconstruction of Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB).
Signage Opportunities Assorted sign types are used on Tyndall AFB to provide direction, information, traffic control, and facility identification. Most of these signs were built and installed in accordance to the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) sign standards; however, many designs do not conform with current criteria. This Landscape Master Plan and pedestrian signage section provide an opportunity to create a unified aesthetic for the pedestrian signage used throughout the base.
Commercial Tenant & Marquee Signs Various non-military commercial tenants with new and legacy facilities are located throughout Tyndall AFB. Signs are unregulated and fall outside UFC 3-120-01, Design: Sign Standards. This pedestrian sign plan provides tenants with additional guidance to achieve consistency in sign design. Design and construction of all commercial tenant signs, whether part of the Facility Sustainment, Restoration, and Maintenance program or MILCON program, will be coordinated with the Tyndall AFB Civil Engineer Squadron.
The technical requirements for the pedestrian signage on Tyndall AFB are governed by UFC 3-120-01, Design: Sign Standards, and the IFS. Both documents provide specific guidance regarding sign dimensions, design colors, and placement.
This signage plan expands on the requirements of the UFC and the IFS to provide additional sustainability and resiliency guidance for the signage installed on Tyndall AFB.
Applicability This document applies to signage proposed or implemented for pedestrian wayfinding and mobility. The included design guidance provides specific requirements to achieve functional and aesthetic consideration.
Coordination of design and construction with Tyndall AFB staff, agencies, service providers and third-party contractors is critical to the successful implementation of planned improvements. All work is required to be warrantied regarding location and installation of materials in a manner consistent with the intent of the Landscape Master Plan and IFS, and to not create a conflict for installation of adjacent improvements by others. All potential conflicts will be identified by designers/contractors in respective sections of the Compliance Checklist and reviewed by Tyndall AFB Staff.
The overall objectives for pedestrian signage are to provide attractive wayfinding for safety and convenience. Specific objectives for pedestrian signage are defined below.
Aesthetic and Function: Develop cohesive and informative sign designs that reflect the aesthetic approach of the overall Tyndall AFB rebuild effort.
Design For All: Prioritize safe and accessible walking routes that support the entire Tyndall AFB community.
Local Distinctiveness: Develop a comprehensive signage system that defines and promotes the unique characteristics of Tyndall AFB.
Raise Awareness: Implement a pedestrian-centric signage program to raise pedestrian awareness on the base.
Reflects Innovation: Support the goals and vision of Tyndall AFB’s Installation of the Future strategy.
Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART): Support the use of connected and SMART systems to enhance two-way communications.
Sustainable and Resilient: Incorporate sustainable and resilient designs as well as a creative use of form to mitigate climate-related and geographical challenges.
C08.3 Design Approach
This pedestrian signage design approach expands on the existing signage criteria and addresses the unique conditions of the multi-modal corridors, and that supports the distinctive pedestrian signage aesthetic of Tyndall AFB. Examples of the signage prototypes are shown in Exhibit C08-1.
This pedestrian signage plan serves as a component of the overall Landscape Master Plan strategy and provides additional design guidance to complement current signage standards outlined under the UFC 3-120-01. This plan is intended to address issues not included in the UFC or the IFS.
This pedestrian signage plan incorporates the specific parameters outlined in the UFC as indicated by the circled categories in Exhibit C08-2.
The signage typologies referred to as “Level 1” are intended for use throughout the Tyndall AFB. And enhanced “Level 2” design is also available and is intended specifically for select high-profile areas on the base. Level 2 signage, further discussed in Section C08.6, are to be installed in locations determined by Tyndall AFB Civil Engineer Squadron.
Tyndall AFB hosts many non-military commercial tenants in existing and planned facilities throughout the installation. Signage components for these facilities are unregulated and not subject to UFC requirements. The intent of this plan is to provide guidance that will enable Tyndall AFB to achieve uniform and consistent design throughout the installation, to include signage for commercial tenants..
The criteria in this section relate to specific design requirements, including IFS requirements, and guidelines for designers/contractors to follow and Tyndall AFB personnel to review. Additional criteria are provided in the other sections of this Landscape Master Plan and are not repeated in this section; however, the requirements for pedestrian signage must be coordinated with other site elements. The sections that follow serve as worksheets, with supporting guidance and illustrations, for designers/contractors to use among their teams and in coordination with Tyndall AFB. These worksheets should be used to complete the Compliance Checklist submittal for each project. Each requirement includes a selection of check boxes to indicate the applicability of that requirement to a specific context, and to demonstrate compliance with the requirements.
Yes No NA The designer/contractor either selects “Yes” if compliance has been met, “No” if it has not, or “N/A” if the requirement is not applicable to the project.
Tyndall AFB’s goal to become the Installation of the Future is reflected in the sign typologies to be implemented throughout the base. Founded on UFC and IFS criteria, the innovative “next generation” pedestrian signage provides clear and consistent guidance and incorporates features that highlight the base’s commitment to sustainability, resiliency, safety, adaptability and ease of maintenance, as described in Exhibits C08-3, C08-4, and C08-5.
Most pedestrian circulation in the Flightline and Support Districts will occur along the Multi-Modal Spine, which includes three mobility zones: pedestrian, bicycle (and autonomous vehicles in the future), and shuttle. The three Level 1 sign types are illustrated on Exhibit C08-3; on Exhibits C09-4 and Co9-5, the letters reflect how the sign types should be placed. Level 1 signs should be placed according to the following:
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PSC 1. Place primary and secondary Level 1 sign types along the central bicycle and autonomous vehicle zone.
PSC 2. Place secondary and tertiary Level 1 sign types along pedestrian zone adjacent to parking areas.
PSC 3. Place tertiary Level 1 signs adjacent to facilities located along the Multi-Modal Spine.
To capture Tyndall AFB’s unique environment, a color palette was selected to represent the range of materials from the “tectonic” aspect of the architectural geometry to the “organic” nature of the coastal surroundings. Each color symbolizes an element, either human-made or natural, descriptive of the visual surrounding from sky, to land, to sea.
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PSC 4. Use the primary and base color Air Force Blue (PMS 287) to signify discipline and commonality to provide a visual link to the base’s mission and identity.
PSC 5. Use white, light gray, or carbon gray for lettering color against primary and base color signage to enhance contrast to the background color field and to improve overall visibility of the sign.
PSC 6. Use secondary and accent colors sky blue, seafoam green, and dune sand to signify nature and the environment. Use these colors for signage accent strips, motifs, and panel infills. Secondary and accent colors can be used to identify location, zone, or district.
PSC 7. Use black or dark color lettering against secondary and accent colors for contrast and visibility.
PSC 8. Comply with UFC 3-120-01 Section 2.2, Font Standard, and Section 3.2.2, Material & Color, for font styles and sizes.
The following guidance applies to marquee and commercial tenant signage.
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PSC 9. Use reinforced monument-type or a masonry base for primary and secondary sign types. Avoid signage designs that have single-pole support to comply with wind requirements. Incorporate material and color recommendations outlined in Section C08.5.1.
PSC 10. Construct signs to be suitable for Florida Gulf Coast conditions and to withstand hurricane-force wind.
PSC 11. Design signs to have maximum visibility from pedestrian flow but do not impede antiterrorism requirements for adjacent base facilities.
Level 1 Secondary informational signs are intended to be placed at primary and secondary pedestrian pathways, especially at or near the junctions of roads and sidewalks or pathways.
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PSC 16. Place secondary signs so they do not exceed 7 feet in height (measured from the ground up) and are visible at eye-level at a distance of 50 feet or less and maintain required landscape clearance.
PSC 17. Locate within 5 feet of the adjacent pavement edge but not in the path of mobility or movement.
PSC 18. Design secondary signs to be adaptable for use in the Sabre District housing area and the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) developments outside the core installation.
PSC 19. Optimize sign design for simplified fabrication.
PSC 20. Design signs to be wind resistant and include reinforced anchors and support elements.
PSC 21. Include design allowances for electronic or digital display upgrades.
For select locations at Tyndall AFB such as the Community Commons, an enhanced Level 2 signage design offers a unique architectural form that is influenced by the UFC standard. The use and construction of a Level 2 sign requires coordination with and approval from Tyndall AFB Civil Engineer Squadron. Level 2 signs are recommended for future developments outside of the base’s mission and operational districts. See Exhibit C08-21 for the area where Level 2 signage would be applicable.
The Coastal Zone, as discussed in Section B05, Coastal Zone, consists of large stretches of largely undeveloped areas along St. Andrew Sound, Shell Island Beach, and Beacon Beach Trail. Consisting of pristine dune beaches, coastal woodlands, and nature preserves, the Coastal Zone includes protected conservation areas with restricted public access, but also has areas designated for low-intensity recreational use. The Coastal Zone is managed and maintained by the Tyndall AFB Natural Resources Section.
Access to these recreational areas is provided by a network of pedestrian boardwalks and nature trails, constructed as an extension of the MWR amenities for the Tyndall Community. As expected, signage provision for these types of pedestrian pathways must be sensitive to the natural environment and conservation efforts. Additional considerations for the signage design located the Coastal Zone’s recreational area are as follows:
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PSC 37. Maintain small sign installation footprint to minimize effect to existing wildlife and vegetative habitat.
PSC 38. Coastal Zone signs must have reinforced footing or an anchored base when located on sand or the beach.
PSC 39. Design signs to withstand effects of wind, tidal waves, seasonal storm surge, and a marine environment.
PSC 40. Consult with the Tyndall AFB Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Element for signage requirements at tribal or archeological ground prior to installing signs.
PSC 41. Design informational and interpretive signs to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements.
PSC 42. Design signs to comply with health and safety requirements.
PSC 43. Do not use lighted signs in the Coastal Zone.
PSC 44. Include break away components so signs are more resilient during storm surge and hurricane force conditions.
PSC 45. Include design allowances for electronic display upgrades while maintaining compliance with all coastal lighting regulations.
PSC 46. Design sign components to withstand saltwater corrosion.
Signage in the Coastal Zone’s sensitive conservation must adhere to the design criteria presented in Sections C09.4 and C09.5, and must be used to present important information and direction for area visitors. Signage construction must maintain a minimal environmental footprint and limit disturbance to coastal wildlife habitat. Signage design and construction must consider seasonal storm surge and hurricane condition. Coastal Zone signage should consider the integration QR code tied to digital or web-based information, and health and safety information. Lighting, if used, must adhere to the criteria outlined in Section C09, Lighting.
The following are additional provisions for signage related to coastal area conservation:
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PSC 47. Locate interpretive signage at point of interests such as dune restoration sites, tribal heritage sites, habitat protection sites, and typical coastal native vegetation areas. Provide educational and recreational information on interpretive signs.
PSC 48. Locate wayfinding signage at trail heads and boardwalk heads. Incorporate wayfinding signage in parking and marina areas as needed. Provide directional information on wayfinding signs.