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Villanova’s Transformation of the Campus Landscape Initiative Continues


This summer marks the second phase of Villanova University’s Transformation of the Campus Landscape initiative. This bold, three-year, $22.5 million project – which began during the summer of 2011 – is part of the implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan and Campus Master Plan. By modifying the layout of the campus grounds, this initiative will improve the quality of life for the Villanova community and enhance the visitor experience.

During Phase II, the University Grotto will be moved to the area between St. Rita and Austin Halls. The new Grotto will resemble a small amphitheater designed to hold approximately 20 to 30 people. This phase will also feature the transformation of the Kennedy Ellipse—the area between Kennedy, Corr and Dougherty Halls and the Connelly Center— into an open and attractive gathering place. Work also will be done to improve the Sullivan-Sheehan Quad.

The planned modifications taking place as part of the Transformation of the Campus Landscape initiative – largely driven by extensive research and student feedback – aim to create a carefully-designed campus core that is highly integrated, vehicle-free, pedestrian-friendly, more accessible to people with different mobility needs, and more aesthetically beautiful.

Phase II is scheduled for completion in November. The third and final phase (Phase III), which will take place from May to October 2013, will include a transformation of the areas around Corr and Alumni Halls to create a new, communal green space.

During Phase I of the project last summer, the University installed a new series of bollards and check-in points to re-route vehicular traffic. The innermost driving route is now closed to regular traffic; emergency and service vehicles will continue to have full campus access at all times. The first phase also included the transformation of Vasey Plaza. The plaza was widened to allow ramps on both sides for different mobility needs, and new hardscaping was added to provide convenient access to Vasey Hall from all levels. Additionally, the space became greener and now encompasses an expanded outdoor dining and gathering area.

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About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.