Gets a Comprehensive Update
By Crystal Locklear
are being made all over the campus of The University of North Carolina
at Pembroke. The most comprehensive beautification project in campus
history is underway.
The university is
spending $1.2 million to give UNCP a chic updated look.
"This is the
first major investment in the appearance of our campus in university
history," said Chancellor Allen C. Meadors. "It is a sweeping
project that will pay dividends in many ways for many, many years to
faculty and staff will find unique ways to enjoy these new additions,
and visitors will find our campus more attractive and accessible,"
said Chancellor Meadors.
Recently, the university
renovated the main entrance sign to campus. Currently in progress are
the exterior signage, sidewalk renovations, water feature and kiosk.
In the near future, campus will also be adding a plaza for its residence
The university has
asked Hayes/Howell, Architects, from Southern Pines, Stewart Engineers
of Research Triangle Park and general contractors from Pleasant, Inc.,
of Fayetteville to construct an amphitheater/water feature. Located
on the Arts Quad, the concrete-lined pond will have a fountain and bridge.
This major project
is expected to be finished before the end of the fall semester.
the water feature to become one of the focal points on campus and the
site of many new traditions," said Chancellor Meadors.
water feature is also functional. It will serve as a holding tank for
the water that will be circulated for use in the sprinkler system on
campus. The amphitheater may serve many special purposes such as; Pembroke
Day, Parent's Weekend, Music Department performances, Lumbee Homecoming,
guest speakers and more.
This feature will
become a gathering place for students, faculty, and staff, just to relax,
study, or to even spend a lunch break.
A look at the buildings
on campus reveals new exterior signage. Fifty-eight black and gold signs
are being put up across campus. The signs are interchangeable, so if
a department is added or moved, the nameplates can be changed without
replacing the entire sign.
The university also
boasts a lighted, black and gold main entrance sign that is sure to
get the attention of passers-by.
The new signage
and kiosk will help guide visitors to campus. A kiosk, or information
center, will be constructed near the main entrance of campus off Old
Main Drive and across from UNCP's new rose garden.
The kiosk will be
an unmanned, drive-thru structure consisting of a map directory, an
alphabetized list to locate buildings, and a phone connected to campus
will provide visitors with good directions on how to use our campus,"
Chancellor Meadors said.
The campus will
soon be adding a dorm plaza. It will be a five-month project. The students
will work with planners during the design phase. The plaza will consist
of benches, additional lighting and possibly a fountain.
we will construct at the dorms will be useful for students," said
Campus is also paving
our way - that is with the sidewalk renovations they have been doing.
Old, well-worked sidewalks are being replaced. Eye catching, brick-look
walkways such as the one in front of Lumbee Hall are going in. In the
future, this same look will be added to other areas across campus.
is a junior, public relations major at UNCP.
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