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ETSU buildings, sites get new addresses; roads get new names

Rex Barber • Aug 6, 2013 at 9:56 AM

East Tennessee State University has a new address — actually, many new addresses.

Each building on campus now has a specific number to help 911 responders better locate the site of an emergency.

These new numbers were in effect Thursday.

Previously, the university address was 807 University Parkway. That address technically encompassed the entire campus and each building on it.

None of the buildings on campus had a specific numerical address until Thursday.

Burgin Dossett Hall, the administration building, now has the address of 1276 Gilbreath Drive. Brown Hall, the science building, is now at 173 Sherrod Drive. The campus carillon even has an address of 440 Stout Drive.

Graduates should now use the new Burgin Dossett Hall address when filling out job applications.

All the new addresses can be viewed through a link found at www.etsu.edu/fa/fs/parking/detour/default.aspx.

“The chief reason for assigning street addresses is to update the Washington County 911 database to give emergency responders more intuitive directions for locating 911 events on campus,” according to a frequently asked questions document found via the above URL. “When a member of the public needs to call 911 and report a 911 event, the caller should give all of the information they know about their current location and the location of the 911 event.”

Each building on campus currently has a sign identifying the name of the structure. Between now and the start of school Aug. 24, numerals should be added, said Kathy Kelley, associate vice president for administrative services.

Kelley said the prevalence of GPS in today’s world and the fact smartphones can utilize maps made it necessary to provide each campus building with an exact location.

The project should also increase safety, she said, as first responders should be able to more confidently know which building they need to find. Previously, color-coded maps were used by police, fire and paramedics to locate a certain building on campus.

“For the safety of our students in particular, we really went down this path,” Kelley said. “Now we all have the same map.”

In order to provide an easy and non-confusing map, it was necessary to change some campus road names.

For instance, the road that runs in front of the administration building was known as Lake Street until a few weeks ago; it is now Gilbreath Drive. A Lake Street also exists in the Boones Creek community, so the campus road name was changed.

Gilbreath refers to Sidney Gilbreath, who was the first president of what was then East Tennessee State Teachers College.

Also, Martha Culp Avenue in front of University School was formerly Alexander Drive.

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