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
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.