Signs Signal Campus Progress

The main entrance to the Briggs Assembly Center now has a more clear identity due to its new signage. (Photo by Nick Ashton)

The main entrance to the Briggs Assembly Center now has a more clear identity due to its new signage.

(COVINGTON, La.) — New signage has been added to the Briggs Assembly Center on St. Paul’s campus during the month of March by donation from Mark Daigle of B&D Displays to help the building become more identifiable and to aid in ongoing campus facelift projects.

“For years, people have asked us why our campus is so poorly equipped with signs on buildings,” Bro. Ray Bulliard, FSC, said. “It just never rose to the top of my agenda. But one of our parents who owns a sign-making company offered to supply the signs, and it looks very nice.”

Bro. Ray added that in time, he plans for every building to receive the Assembly Center’s treatment.

“The master plan calls for all buildings to gain signage,” Bro. Ray said, “but the next building in line is LaSalle Hall.”

Locations for the signs to be placed on other campus buildings has not yet been determined, however. Over time, Bro. Ray said that the buildings themselves will also be receiving small facelifts to compliment their new signage.

“I’m going to leave (sign placement) up to people with a more artistic eye than I,” Bro. Ray said. “Eventually, buildings need facelifts. What the extent of the facelift will be is hard to say right now. The brick will probably remain the same, but certainly, upgrading window dressings and things like that is probably in the plans.”

Signage on buildings around campus is somewhat unclear and dated. (Photo by Nick Ashton)

Signage on buildings around campus is somewhat unclear and dated.

Some questions have been raised due to the new signage, however. For example, Bro. Ray said that he would be doubtful to put a sign saying “Main School Building” on said structure.

“It is too general of a term,” Bro. Ray said. “It begs the question: Is is time to put a name on the Main School Building? It has never had a name. We ought to start thinking about it.”

Renaming buildings on campus has not been a very successful task in the past, however. The soon-to-be “old gym” in the Gene Bennett Sports Complex considered regaining its former moniker of The St. Jude Center when the Bennett Complex expands to include the “new gym.”

“As much as I had wanted the gym to go back to the original name,” Bro. Ray said, “I certainly think that St. Jude understands and appreciates Coach Bennett’s name on the whole thing.”

No matter the effects, the new signage will take time, and Bro. Ray expects the progress to be dependent on Daigle’s schedule.

“Don’t look for all of this to happen in the next week or even in the next month,” Bro. Ray said. “Mr. Daigle is being very generous to us, and so whenever he has the time to make signage without interfering with his other clients, that’s (when he’ll do it).”

(All photos by Nick Ashton.)

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