University Promenade to Promote Campus Connectedness
The University Promenade project has the potential to dramatically enhance the campus landscape in a way that promotes a sense of physical connectedness. It calls for converting University Place, from Newhouse all the way to the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center, into a primarily pedestrian space, which will be fully accessible. Work on the University Promenade will begin on May 16, and will be largely finished by Aug. 12.
This stretch, which also encompasses Bird Library, handles heavy foot traffic at all times of the day. Conversion to a promenade will provide a buffer from traffic and better integrate campus structures, while creating a vibrant new student-life district. This promenade will especially serve to enhance the academic strategic planning goals of enhancing the student experience and building a sense of One University.
For more than 18 months, the Campus Framework Advisory Group, comprised of faculty, staff and students, has partnered with design firm Sasaki Associates to make the Syracuse campus—both inside and outside of the classroom—even better. As part of Fast Forward Syracuse, and in the spirit of One University—where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts—the Campus Framework Plan is guided by the Academic Strategic Plan to rejuvenate the University’s physical space and surroundings, inside and outside of the classroom, serving as a road map for the future. It will help the University build on its strengths as we prioritize our academic and research areas and transform the campus.
Below are illustrations of the current and future views of where the University Promenade will go.
The next two illustrations show the existing and proposed conditions on University Place, looking east .
The last two illustrations show University Place looking west, first the current view and then the proposed view.