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Interactive map makes it easier to navigate Storrs campus

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu - September 26, 2005

Trying to find a building? Don’t know the name of that new structure? An interactive online map of the Storrs campus may help you find your way around faster.

The map is available at http://uconn.edu/map/; through the “maps and directions” feature on the main UConn page; or by clicking on the map on the faculty/staff, visitors, or students' homepages. The map can be used with any Internet connection.

A search feature enables the user to find any building on campus. It includes the ability to search by the two-, three- or four-letter abbreviations used by the Registrar’s office on the class schedule, such as BOUS for the Weston Bousfield Psychology Building.

The search brings up a red dot that blinks over the structure identified. If the word or abbreviation typed in could apply to several buildings, the search feature lists the likely possibilities.

The user can then zoom in to read the street name where the building is located. Arrows help navigate the map at the higher magnification. Placing the cursor over a building will bring up its name.

The interactive map, designed by staff of University Communications, is part of a virtual tour of campus intended primarily for newcomers, but the map will be helpful to anyone trying to find a building.

Searching on the new interactive map of the Storrs campus quickly identifies buildings.
Searching on the new interactive map of the Storrs campus quickly identifies buildings.

“The physical transformation of the campus has led to many new buildings, so that even veteran faculty and staff may not know exactly where to find every building on campus,” says David Martel, manager of marketing services. “Having a clear, user-friendly map is more important now than ever.”

Not only are there are many new structures thanks to UConn 2000 and now 21st Century UConn, some older buildings have been turned over to new uses – the Center for Undergraduate Education, for example, is in the old School of Business building – and successful development efforts have led to buildings being named for donors, such as the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum – the former Ice Rink.

“The interactive map complements the improved signage that’s been installed all over campus in the past several years,” says Martel.

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