UD Cuts the Ribbon on Vilfordi DART Plaza, 5 Campus Gateways

UD Celebrates Completion of Vilfordi Plaza, Campus Gateways with Ribbon-Cutting

 

UD celebrated the completion of the Eugene Vilfordi Plaza and five campus entry gateways with a ribbon cutting Friday, April 25, at the corner of State Highway 114 and Braniff Drive. The ribbon cutting marked the end of the university's $4.2 million campus enhancement project.

The plaza's namesake, Eugene Vilfordi, along with President Thomas W. Keefe, Executive Vice President Bob Galecke and Associate Vice President Pat Daly, cut the ribbon. Also in attendance were departing Texas State Representative Linda Harper Brown and UD President Emeritus Rev. Msgr. Milam Joseph.

The plaza, which honors the long-time UD trustee and local philanthropist's contributions to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, connects the university's DART Orange Line station to the campus core, making the university more accessible to the greater community. The plaza features lush landscaping and an arched footbridge over a pond.

The campus gateways constructed at each of five major campus entrances along E. Northgate Drive, Tom Braniff Drive and State Highway 114 create a distinct visual boundary that identifies the campus as the University of Dallas. The gateways incorporate brick pillars with copper accents, as well as natural milsap stone planting beds filled with native shrubs and flowering annuals.

To watch a time lapse video of the bridge being installed visit https://udallas.edu/news/2014/a-bridge-in-60-seconds.html.

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