Campus Project Manager: Ted Murphy
Landscape Architects: Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon
General Contractor/Construction Manager: Johnson & Galyon
An upcoming landscape project aims to improve the overall appearance of the eastern edge of campus while giving the College of Engineering a collaborative space. The Engineering Quad and Estabrook Road Streetscape Improvement project starts May 11 and will bring cohesion to the area while updating its overall look.
The quad will feature a new plaza, benches, table sets and bike hoops while preserving the area’s existing trees. There will be a variety of seating opportunities in the quad so students can sit as a small group or class.
To accommodate the new quad plaza and to increase pedestrian traffic, Middle Drive will be transitioned into a service access only roadway starting this fall.
ADA access to the Science and Engineering Research Facility, and Perkins and Ferris Halls will be improved and integrated into the landscape. Wi-Fi connectivity will be increased through the area as well. The quad is meant to put an emphasis on the collaboration of the different College of Engineering disciplines by creating different areas where students can interact with each other.
This area gives the college a gathering space that is central for events and other activities. A staircase from the quad will tie into the improved Estabrook streetscape that features new seating plazas, sidewalks, curbs, lighting, benches and trees, as well as increased Wi-Fi access. The chain-link fence along the street and some overhead utilities will be removed, and outdated lights will be replaced.
These streetscape improvements will stretch from the Tickle Engineering Building Bridge to Cumberland Avenue. All on-street parking will be closed along Estabrook during the project and will reopen by the fall semester.
The project along Estabrook is meant to give the area more of a park-like setting. Invasive plants will also be removed to open up the area around an existing small amphitheater.
Increased safety is also addressed with additional security cameras and UTPD Blue Phones being placed throughout the area.