Return gets "RIT Ready"

It takes a lot of strategic planning to bring 19,000+ students back to Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) expansive campus and 52 buildings.

RIT Return sign in hallway
Return logo

That plan is RIT Ready. Administration, faculty, and students collaborated to develop this all-encompassing strategy to ensure a safe environment that will foster learning and create the cherished memories synonymous with the residential college experience. The comprehensive program focuses on three key concepts: Protect. Prevent. Prepare.

Hallway photo
RIT Return floor decal

Being prepared

An essential ingredient of the RIT Ready “Prepare“ initiative is having highly visible COVID-19 signage that reinforces campus-wide policies. And not just any signs will do. They must reflect RIT's progressive brand with messaging that encourages participation in an appropriate, unintimidating tone.

Enter Return, our suite of brand-forward back-to-school products focused on making campus safer for everyone that moves through it. It includes a complete signage platform designed for aesthetic-minded organizations. Return readily incorporates an institution's graphic brand standards within a product line that's designed for rapid deployment. The system is ready for anything – it provides more than 100 COVID-focused messages and a range of configurations and materials to fit every situation – interior, exterior, walls, floors, windows, seats, etc.

With Return as the chosen solution, our design team collaborated with RIT designers to translate the RIT brand and message variations to a facility-wide system. Across the campus, department heads determined the right level of messaging for their specific buildings based on their knowledge of the people and activity level in their space.

RIT Return floor decals
RIT Return signage in elevator photo
Floor to ceiling, wall to wall, Return has RIT ready

Implementation Ready

With designs completed and product in hand, it was time to solve the installation challenge. Although we designed Return for the efficiency of self-install, to get RIT ready fast, a team of 12 Takeform installers converged on the campus to install over 6,000 signs in just eight days.

RIT Return restroom sign
RIT Return floor decal
Instructional restroom signage (left), physical distancing floor decals (above).

“Installation on RIT's campus was the biggest challenge. Having a clear installation plan and a well-defined schedule was key."

- Denielle Wilson
Takeform Project Manager

From science labs to design studios, corridors to cafeterias, locker rooms to libraries, indoor and out, Return has RIT Ready.

Class dismissed.

Return is a comprehensive back-to-school solution that also includes a wide selection of readiness stations for PPE distribution as well as a system of screens, shields, and partitions to add protection anywhere it's needed. And for complex campuses, the products are all backed by the expertise of our Wayfinders and Planners through our Healthy School Planning Service to help you get it all where it needs to be.

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