Campus plans for future expansions

UTD administrators and architects recently revealed upcoming construction and campus improvement projects in a series of town hall meetings.

Known as the Master Plan, the proposal adds nearly 1 million square feet to the campus, including an art village near the McDermott Library and an athletic district near Engineering and Computer Science South. Each development would come with three new buildings, including galleries and studios for the arts, as well as a multi-purpose sports arena.

Vice President for Facilities and Economic Development Calvin Jamison said the plan would make the campus more urban, with multi-story buildings and increased efficiency for students walking through the university. The administration is also currently working with Dallas Area Rapid Transit to build a new rail line near Northside, decreasing the need for Comet Cabs.

Additional space will also come in the form of parking, with over 3,500 slots added to campus in the future. Traffic flow will also be changed through the addition of a campus entrance along Campbell Road and a decrease in the amount of intersections on Loop Road. These changes will reduce traffic from Floyd Road and provide a clear route to campus parking structures.

Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Rick Dempsey said he hopes to obtain funding from the state legislature when it meets in January.