GSA hosts community workshop to improve pedestrian signage near San Ysidro LPOE
By Javier Fernandez
Underscoring its commitment to the communities it serves, GSA recently hosted a community workshop in San Ysidro, Calif. to improve directional signs for pedestrians near the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE). As a result of concerns identified at previous stakeholder and community outreach events, GSA is leading an initiative to define and identify important travel routes and destinations in San Ysidro to not only enhance the traveler experience but also to support the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s mission of providing safe and efficient border crossing.
The outreach event took place at Casa Familiar’s The Front cultural arts center on Monday, December 7. Twenty-five community members and representatives from regional agencies took part in the GSA and RSM Design-moderated workshop. RSM Design is the architectural design firm selected to assist in this pedestrian signage improvement project. Over the course of the three-hour workshop, the design team presented the results of a recent online community survey. The community’s input was then used to guide discussions and group exercises. Together, the community representatives explored design elements that they believe reflect San Ysidro’s unique identity as the busiest gateway to the United States. The exercises also uncovered information about important places and districts within the San Ysidro area which may need to be included on the directional signage.
“By initiating this discussion with the community and using their input to define important routes and destinations, GSA is fulfilling its good neighbor promise as we continue work on the San Ysidro LPOE construction project,” said GSA Project Manager, David Leites.
GSA and RSM Design will synthesize the main points discussed in the community workshop and make recommendations on signage around San Ysidro. GSA will also coordinate efforts with the City of San Diego, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to ensure consistency in the design, fabrication and installation of new signs at the Virginia Avenue multi-modal transit center, which is currently under design.