East College Lawn Restoration
Improvements to the grounds of East College reflect the building's status as core element of the campus identity.
The Campus Master Plan calls for the renewal of the entire lawn area stretching from Holton Memorial Quadrangle in the west to Locust Street in the east, and from Seminary Street on the north to Hannah Street on the south. Implementing this element of the Master Plan will take place in three distinct phases. Initial efforts in support of this project have been funded through a gift from Doug '85 and Ann Smith.
Phase One: Immediate East College Grounds
Phase One will establish the core landscape elements around East College. Of particular focus are the lawn space and pedestrian walkways around East College and those leaving Locust Street. Beginning after completion of the Anderson Street entrance, key project elements include tree plantings, landscape beds, irrigation, lighting, and new paving materials.
Phase Two: Holton memorial Quadrangle
Phase Two will focus on the realignment of walkways in Holton Memorial Quadrangle, upgrades to paving materials, tree plantings, and foundation landscape bed plantings. This phase is critical to enhancing the academic core and the Commencement experience for thousands of graduates and their families.
Phase three: North East College Grounds and New Pedestrian Axis
Phase Three will take place only once the University's Office of Advancement has been relocated from Charter House, and new parking has been constructed to support Gobin United Methodist Church. Upon completion of these related projects, Phase Three of the East College Lawn Restoration calls for closing Simpson Street to vehicular traffic, creating a new pedestrian access extending across the northern edge of the academic core of campus. Additional sidewalk upgrades and tree plantings will be key elements of this phase in completing restoration of the northern half of the campus.
Partnering with the HOK, an architecture and design firm, the University has begun to establish a comprehensive set of guidelines which will allow the campus landscape to evolve. The guidelines define a range of appropriate plant materials and hardscape materials, as well as other major lawn components such as lighting, signage, benches and campus edges. In addition, specifications for site amenities such as railings, trash receptacles, bike racks and bollards are also being developed.