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Plaques

Standards for Plaques

Plaques include any ornamental or engraved flat or low relief plate, slab or disc that can be affixed to a base, indoor or outdoor building surface or other object.

Please refer to section 775.12 of the College Handbook for details about plaque policy.

Policy Administration

All requests for plaques for SUNY Cortland, including the location of and designs for all plaques throughout the College, will be reviewed. The scope of considerations shall include exterior and interior permanent, commemorative and decorative works of art such as memorials, class gifts and sculptures.

Design Standards

Any proposals for new plaques, monuments or major markers must conform to SUNY Cortland policies and design standards related to signage and graphics and the master plan maintained by the Facilities Planning, Design and Construction Office.

Records

A list of all official designations and locations of plaques shall be maintained in the Vice President for Institutional Advancement Office.

Procedures

Proposals for Plaques

Proposals may be made by College departments, alumni classes, “Friends” groups or any group, organization or individual from within or outside the College.

Submission of Proposals

Proposals must first be submitted to the appropriate dean, director or department supervisor, who may then recommend it to the vice president for institutional advancement for review. If approved, the vice president shall forward proposals to the Facilities Planning, Design and Construction Office.

Funding Source

The source of funding must be identified as part of the proposal. 

Plaque Standards

16 x 16 plaqueBuilding or Space (Interior)

  • Cast Bronze Plaque
  • 16”w x 16”h
  • Borderless
  • Concealed fasteners
  • Dark oxide background
  • Raised copy - Brushed Helvetica, upper and lower case
  • Content
    • Formal Name
    • AKA: optional in quotations
    • Statement: maximum 50 words
    • Date donated: upper and lower case 

For smaller spaces such as labs, classrooms, conference rooms, etc., a 10" x 10" cast bronze plaque with the same standards will be used.

Object (Interior only)

  • Cast Bronze Plaque
  • 14”w x 9”h
  • Borderless
  • Concealed fasteners
  • Dark oxide background
  • Raised copy - Brushed Helvetica, upper and lower case
  • Leatherette finish
  • Content
    • Formal Name
    • AKA: optional in quotations
    • Statement: maximum 50 words
    • Date donated: upper and lower case 

Object (Interior or Exterior)

  • Cast Bronze Plaque
  • 18”w x 12”h
  • Single-line border (raised)
  • Concealed fasteners
  • Dark oxide background
  • Raised copy - Brushed Times, upper and lower case
  • Content
    • Formal Name
    • AKA: optional in quotations
    • Statement: maximum 25 words
    • Date donated: upper and lower case

Building or Space (Exterior only)

  • Cast Bronze Plaque
  • College Seal
  • 18”w x 18”h
  • No edge treatment
  • Straight-cut edges
  • Copy cut into granite
  • Classic style chisel cut
  • Clear chromaligh sealer inside letters
  • Content
    • Formal Name
    • AKA: optional in quotations
    • Statement: maximum 25 words
    • Date donated: upper and lower case

Standard Item Plaque (Interior only)

  •   Screen printed
  •   5”h x 7”w x 3/8” thick flat back
  •   Plaque mounted to cherry wood

Other Examples

16"w x 11"h Cast Bronze Plaque

16 x 11 cast bronze plaque

9"w x 7"h Cast Bronze Plaque
For this size plaque, lettering must be all capital letters.

9 x 7 cast bronze plaque