The construction includes five new campus entry ways, a University of Dallas DART Station entry plaza and a pathway connecting the station to the core campus.
The university completed fundraising after meeting a $500,000 challenge grant issued by the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation that required it to raise the remaining $1 million of the initiative’s cost in less than one year. The entry plaza, Vilfordi Plaza, is named after longtime University of Dallas trustee and philanthropist Gene Vilfordi. It connects to the campus core by a walkway that will enable students to access the DART Orange Line. Vilfordi Plaza will be located at the corner of Tom Braniff Drive and State Highway 114.
Gateways will be constructed at each of five major campus entrances along East Northgate Drive, Tom Braniff Drive and State Highway 114, which will create a distinct visual boundary that identifies the campus.
The Campus Transformation Project’s initial phase was completed in August 2012 with renovations to the Haggar University Center, a new visitors’ center and upgrades to study and common areas. The university anticipates all projects to be completed by early 2014.