PWP began work at the University of Texas at Dallas with a Campus Site Development Plan for expansion through the year 2050. The master plan goals include a commitment to landscape-led development and site planning, a pedestrian-based hierarchy of circulation, creation of microclimates and paths for walking and biking within the campus, and the activation of outdoor spaces for social activities.
The first phase of work, The UT Dallas Campus Landscape Enhancement Project, is designed to integrate the existing buildings and grounds of different eras and disparate design into a beautiful and unified campus entrance and central spine while still allowing for future growth. Key components of the design include a formal campus entry punctuated by a large arc of transplanted live oaks, an entry drive through a restored native forest with more than 5,000 newly planted trees, a central quad featuring a double allée of magnolia trees flanking a series of linear pools, and the termination of the quad at a central plaza defined by an elegant one-acre wisteria trellis, fog fountain, and two digital-clock walls that references the campus’s origins with Texas Instruments.
The project design exceeds the original sustainability goals in the areas of storm water management, locally sourced materials, native plantings and reforestation. Most notably, of 33 acres of land, the existing concrete drainage channel was removed from the site and replaced by a landscaped swale throughout the forest to filter and infiltrate storm water.
The UT Dallas Campus Landscape Enhancement Project was a gift from Margaret McDermott and her late husband Eugene, who were founders of the University.
Collaborating Firms: Phase One Accessibility Consultant: Accessology Architectural Planning Consultant: David Neuman Civil and Structural Engineer: Charles Gojer & Associates Code Consultant: Schirmer Engineering Cost Estimator: Davis Langdon Adamson Electrical Engineer: Blum Consulting Engineers Fountain Designer: Dan Euser Waterarchitecture Horticulturalist: Dr. Robert E. Moon & Associates Irrigation Designer: James Pole Irrigation Design Lighting Designer: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design Structural Engineer for Trellis: Werner Sobek Transportation and Parking Engineer: Fehr and Peers Phase Two Local Landscape Architect for Construction Observation: MCV Landscape Architecture (Melanie Vanlandingham) Accessibility Consultant: Assessology Civil and Structural Engineer: Charles Gojer & Associates Cost Estimator: Garza Program Management Electrical and Mechanical Engineer: Yaggi Engineering Fountain Designer: Aquatic Design & Engineering Geotechnical Engineer: Terrecon Horticulturalist: Dr. Robert E. Moon & Associates Hydrologic Engineer: Sherwood Design Engineers Irrigation Designer: James Pole Irrigation Design Land Surveyor: Steven J. Lafranchi & Associates Paving Consultant: Mark Smallridge & Associates