Campus Project Manager: Ted Murphy
Landscape Architects: Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon
Construction Manager/General Contractor:: Johnson & Galyon
The rebuilt plaza will feature new trees, seating, streetscape elements, and sidewalks. Updates to the rest of the park will include new paths, trees, landscaping, trash receptacles, and irrigation systems.
While both the park and plaza will be completely renovated, they will keep their original character. The size of the plaza will be enlarged, allowing for better access for the Vol Walk and graduation photos.
The retaining wall around the Torchbearer statue will be completely renovated, and the engraved bricks that surround the statue will be relocated next to the existing bricks on the walkway through Circle Park. The area around the statue will feature new pavers. Contractors will protect the sculpture throughout the course of the project, and the torch will be extinguished during construction for safety reasons. The torch will be relit before fall semester classes begin.
A major improvement in Circle Park will be the addition of XtraGrass, a new type of landscaping that blends and reinforces natural grass with artificial turf, offering the look and feel of natural grass with increased resistance to wear. Circle Park will be completely closed off as crews work to install the sod, pathway lighting, and the irrigation system. A new walkaway and ramp will align to the entrance of McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture and nearby parking. Circle Park Drive will remain open to traffic during the project. In addition to visible improvements, Wi-Fi coverage will be improved in the area with the installation of additional Internet access points.
The project will be completed before the beginning of the fall 2015 semester.