U.Va. maps out
Cartographic images on printed page and
By Matt Kelly
There’s a new way to find out where you need to go.
The University map, updated from its 1990s incarnation with
a fold-out paper copy and a more in-depth version on the
Web, is now available.
The map, a product of the development office, the Web communications
office and Facilities Management, has been updated to
show new buildings, as well
buildings-in-progress and proposed buildings. Other locations, such as
Fontaine Research Park and Birdwood Golf Course, have
been added, too.
“Because the landscape and Grounds change so fast, we worked with Facilities
Management to create a digital-base-map version. That way it will be easier to
update next time,” said Emma C. Edmunds, senior writer and project manager
in the development communications office, who coordinated the design and layout
of the fold-out map. Christopher C. Cullinan, who also works in development communications,
designed the fold-out map.
to get print maps
University offices may purchase maps from ChemStores by entering an internal
requisition into the Integrated System for item #51197. The cost is $20
per packet of 50 maps. For assistance processing the internal requisition,
contact the ISDS Help Desk at 243-7550. Those outside the University may
purchase maps by calling the Univer-
sity of Virginia Bookstore at 924-3721. The map is distributed to individual
visitors at no charge at U.Va.’s Information Center on U.S. 250 West.
The current map is based on the original one drawn
in 1975 by John Ruseau, then architecture faculty
member and now professional artist.
The Web version has two iterations— one with a continuous view of the Grounds,
with zoom and moving capabilities, and a version divided into 12 precincts. Viewers
can select a precinct and click on the image of a building for a photograph of
the structure. For buildings still under development, there is an artist’s
rendering and a description of the property. The Web map also has an
A-to-Z index of buildings, as well as indices for the Health System,
parking garages and residential
the electronic and paper versions of the new map
emphasize the “visitor’s
experience,” Edmunds said. Building histories appear on the
Web version, and a walking tour of Central Grounds on the printed
The map will be useful for new and prospective
students, parents, visitors, current staff
web map will also help patients find Medical Center
buildings, said Nancy A. Tramontin,
director of University Web communications.
Nicholas Bartley, a graphic-information-systems-mapping
technician with Facilities Management, created
the digital-base map working
of the Grounds. Bartley took pictures of buildings so he could
add realistic, three-dimensional
effects to the map, such as brick walls and yellow-colored roofs.
“There were some things that could not be done on the paper map that we
could do on the Web map,” Tramontin said. “Many buildings on the
Web map are cross-referenced. The University Press, on the paper map, is under
Bemiss House, because they decided to go with building names, and I could have
it under Bemiss House as well as under University Press [on the Web version].
In addition, we put a dozen virtual reality tours on the online map, so the viewer
can get a 180-degree view of the Lawn or the Medical Center or the School of