UD Receives Beautification Award from Irving Parks & Recreation
The City of Irvings Parks and Recreation Department will recognize the university's
contributions to quality of life in Irving at an awards ceremony Monday, Dec. 8. Specifically,
the university is being recognized for the Vilfordi walkway and campus gateways projects.
UD has been a great partner with the City of Irving and done a masterful job in raising
the quality of life for its residents and visitors," said City of Irving Planning
Manager Gene Moulden.
The Vilfordi Plaza, named after longtime UD trustee and Dallas/Fort Worth philanthropist
Gene Vilfordi, connects the campus core to the university's DART Orange Line station,
enabling students to access the DART Orange Line more easily and making the university
more accessible to the greater community. The plaza, located at the corner of Tom
Braniff Dr. and State Highway 114, features lush landscaping and an arched footbridge
over a pond and fountain.
In addition, gateways were constructed at each of five major campus entrances along
E. Northgate Dr., Tom Braniff Dr. and State Highway 114. Collectively, they 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.
Construction of the two projects was completed in April 2014.
The award ceremony will be Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.in the Council Chambers of City Hall.