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On July 22nd2011, the final stone was set in place to cap completion of the campus’s Geology GATEway Garden located on the south and east side of the Earth & Physical Sciences Building.  (For more information about GATEways and its projects visit the UC Davis Arboretum website.)

This new garden, which features California native plants that are part of the Arboretum All-Stars program, is a destination spot and outdoor education space for those interested in geological pursuits. The landscape contains rock specimens from throughout California and is already being used in many undergraduate geology programs. It also offers local school kids a place to study regional rock types without having to travel.

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Late last fall, the majority of specimens were set by Civil & Industrial Services, a division of Campus Planning & Community Resources.  Using Civil’s 20-ton crane, stones were placed at specific locations called out by project leaders Professor Peter Schiffman, former Department Chair, and Janice Fong, Illustrator.   A striking  6,000 lb. silica stone with veins of pyrite serves as a  monument at the entrance of the Earth & Physical Sciences Building. From here the garden unfolds into a variety of rock types formed from igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary and hydro-thermal processes and includes examples of gabbro, schist, gneiss, marble, silica, limestone and lava. The focal point of the garden is the Yuba Blue ‘Teaching Stone’. Delivered from Smartville in Yuba County, this stone has been cleaved and polished to a fine luster, revealing a deep greenish-blue tint with a rich pattern of striations and inclusions.

For CPCR’s Civil & Industrial, this has been one of the most interesting projects they’ve been asked to participate in. Every member of their crew was engaged in the project and at the end received a copy of Roadside Geology of California.

Download this .pdf walking tour of the Geology GATEway Garden for a tour of California geology right here on campus!


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Did you know that the Sign Shop, formerly part of Facilities Management, is now part of Campus Planning and Community Resources?  On September 22nd it moved into a newly renovated shop space located at Civil & Industrial Services’ location on Garrod Road in West Campus.  This new alignment will consolidate the fabrication and printing of signage used for events, wayfinding,  street identification and traffic control.

CPCR has 32 directional signposts situated across campus which the Sign Shop updates with directional signage.  (See the photo below.)  With room for three signs on each placard, Vice Chancellor Meyer recently inquired as to whether or not their use was restricted to events.  From this observation came a welcome sign for students and parents of the class of 2015.

Image of event directional signage placard.

Going forward, the Sign Shop will be looking at further enhancements,  such as the incorporation of different colors, fonts and icons.  The Arboretum Plant Sale signs serve as a recent example.  They are moving cautiously in this direction in order to maintain campus identity standards.

Soon the Sign Shop will also be rolling out prototypes of new campus street signs that have been designed and created in-house.  These new signs meet the latest January 2012 standards and also include the campus wordmark.   Initial roll-out will be at West Village.  (See photo below.)

Image of mock-up street signs in the West Village neighborhood.

The CPCR Sign Shop may be reached at 754-5762 or through its portal at signage@ucdavis.edu.  The shop specializes in thermal transfer and cut vinyl on aluminum, steel, coroplast corrugated board and door magnetics.  The shop can accept most file formats and has the ability to remap to spot colors as well as convert graphic images into editable line art.

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