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Skybridges Provide Access to Buildings During Ongoing North Mall Enhancement Project
New Parking Options Available for Those Driving to Campus

 

Renovation of the north end of campus began during winter break as part of the University’s Campus Landscape Enhancement Project by landscape architect Peter Walker. The project extends north from the Trellis to the Administration Building and will bring a more park-like environment to the north mall.

The north mall will remain closed to pedestrians throughout the project, which is expected to take at least a year. Pedestrians will be able to use skybridges and perimeter entrances to access the affected buildings during the renovation, which include the Administration Building, Erik Jonsson Academic Center, University Theatre, Founders North Building, Founders Building, Cecil and Ida Green Center, and Cecil H. Green Hall. Temporary pathways will be created for scheduled events or performances at the University Theatre, and patrons will be provided with parking and entrance details prior to events.  

Where to Look for Information

As construction progresses, faculty, staff, students and visitors will be provided with updates and information to help navigate the campus.

News Center, the University's Facebook page and Twitter – @UT_Dallas – will post updates.

Construction project information is available on the Pardon our Progress website and Twitter – @UTDConstruction.

For the latest updates on parking, follow @UTDallasParking on Twitter, or subscribe to email updates.

Access to the Eugene McDermott Library, Student Union and the south part of the mall will remain unaffected. Spirit Rock has been temporarily relocated in front of the Activity Center and the Love Jack has been temporarily relocated west of Jonsson. Bike racks have also been relocated to the accessible perimeters of the affected buildings.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors should expect loud noise levels and increased construction traffic as the project continues. Campus community members and visitors are encouraged to allow additional travel time to reach their destinations. Pedestrians coming from the residence halls are encouraged to walk on the west side of Rutford Drive as they travel toward their destinations. Drivers may experience some delays as large trucks move in and out of campus, and road flaggers will be on hand to direct traffic as necessary.

Parking Changes, Other Campus Improvements

Parking lot P closed indefinitely and lot O closed permanently to support the construction of the new Bioengineering and Sciences Building near the Natural Science and Engineering Research Lab (NSERL). Drivers who previously used these lots should park in lots A, B and T. An additional 153 temporary spaces are also available in the parking lot adjacent to the Synergy Park North (SPN) office building for those with an active UT Dallas parking permit. To help commuters reach their destinations more quickly, Parking and Transportation is piloting an enclosed passenger shuttle route that will run from the SPN lot to NSERL from 8 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

UT Dallas parking map for Spring 2014

Click to enlarge:  A map of campus shows parking options for areas that are affected by construction. For questions or comments, email [email protected].

Pedestrian access to the main entrance of NSERL has also been altered due to construction of the Bioengineering and Sciences Building. A temporary asphalt sidewalk has been added to the north side of the building that will lead pedestrians to the east side and the courtyard. From the south, use the existing sidewalk along the west side of the building and then connect to the asphalt sidewalk.

Pedestrians should be aware of utility work along the Loop Road sidewalk heading south by North Lab and the English Language Center. The area will have pedestrian access through a fenced path until work is completed in March, weather permitting.

Additionally, partial areas of lots H and I will be closed as crews lay the groundwork for the future installment of temporary modular buildings in the berm area between the two lots. Crews are also working to complete flooring refurbishment inside the Jonsson Center and first-floor interior renovations to Green Hall in the next two weeks.

Entrances to Skybridges

Click to enlarge: The green area will be fenced off during the renovation of the north mall. Pedestrians will be able to use skybridges and perimeter entrances to access buildings during the project.

North Mall Enhancement Q&A

How long will construction be ongoing?

The project will continue through 2014.

How will I be able to get from the south end of campus to the north end?

The north mall, from the Trellis to the Administration Building, will be closed to pedestrians throughout the duration of the project. Pedestrians will be redirected to the perimeter entrances of affected buildings, which include the Administration Building, Erik Jonsson Academic Center, University Theatre, Founders North Building, and Founders Building, Cecil and Ida Green Center, and Cecil H. Green Hall.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use the indoor skybridges that connect the Administration Building with the Erik Jonsson Academic Center, Founders North Building, Founders Building, Cecil H. Green Hall, Lloyd V. Berkner Hall and the North and South Engineering and Computer Science buildings. Allowing additional travel time to reach your destination is highly recommended.

How will I be able to get to the University Theatre for an event?

Temporary access will be provided for scheduled events. Patrons will be provided with parking and entrance details prior to events.  

How will this affect Parking and Transportation?

Depending on their destinations, drivers may need to park in different lots and plan additional travel time. Drivers may experience some delays as large trucks move in and out of campus, and road flaggers will be on hand to direct traffic as necessary.

Comet Cabs and Comet Cruisers will run their regular routes unless otherwise announced by Parking and Transportation.

What will happen to the trees that were in the north mall?

Most of the trees have been moved and will eventually be transplanted elsewhere on campus.

Media Contact: The Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].

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