Campus Buildings Receive Numbered Street Addresses
Finding a building on Kent State’s campus just got easier. The Office of the University Architect has given all buildings a street address. The addresses were assigned so that buildings could be found through services such as Google Maps and MapQuest.
According to Tom Euclide, executive director of facilities planning and operations, building addresses have become more important as Web mapping has matured.
“Our hope is for people to search through Google Maps or Google Earth and find the building they need,” Euclide says. “We want people to find the addresses through other mapping systems.”
Finding Kent State University’s Kent Campus was the primary goal but now, with building addresses, students will also be able to find directions and even view a satellite photo of the individual campus buildings.
Even buildings along the University Esplanade, a pedestrian and bike roadway, received numbered addresses, Euclide says.
In the past, using mapping services to find the university posed a challenge, as the only address was a post office box. When individuals searched for the Kent Campus, they often found Regional Campuses since those schools have an address.
To assign the addresses, the Office of the University Architect also worked with the campus police department. Dean Tondiglia, associate director of public safety, says it was important to ensure the change was done properly and in a way that wouldn’t interfere with emergency response units.
Matthew Radigan, police support services manager, says there was no problem in assigning actual addresses to buildings because safety forces would still know where to go when responding to an emergency call.
When an emergency call comes in on campus, the exact location of the call is known, including the building name and room number. Even though buildings will now have an address, the emergency call will continue to show the building name and room number, Tondiglia explains.
“The addresses will have no negative impact on emergency response,” Tondiglia says. “The addresses will simply be used to help people get around campus. It will probably make it easier for shipping services, like UPS, too.”
Euclide says the university will soon be posting the addresses on the signs outside the campus buildings.
By Lindsay Kuntzman