Construction Begins May 17 on Centennial Mall Enhancement Project

May 12, 2021 | News, UToday, Alumni
By Staff

To improve both the student experience and create a greener and more eco-friendly campus, Centennial Mall will undergo construction for a variety of enhancements from Monday, May 17, through mid-August.

The project will enhance green spaces to Centennial Mall by decreasing the amount of pavement.

A map of Main Campus shows the four phases of construction in the Centennial Mall Enhancement Project.

Existing deteriorated sidewalks will be replaced to improve safety and some concrete pathways will be altered to help students, faculty and staff navigate Main Campus.

The campus community also will enjoy new planting beds at the Memorial Field House to soften the building’s entrances and to provide more pleasant views both inside and outside of the building.

Additional seating and congregating space will be added to Brunner Garden on the south side of University Hall, as frequently requested by students.

The improvements also will improve stormwater management and water drainage on campus.

“The four-phase construction project will expand and enhance pedestrian traffic in Centennial Mall,” said Doug Collins, manager of facilities and construction. “We look forward to having this work completed in time for the fall semester for our campus to enjoy these improvements.”

The project’s four phases are: Phase one runs May 17 through June 8; Phase two runs June 7 through June 23; Phase three runs June 21 through July 13; and Phase four runs July 9 through Aug. 13.

To accommodate the construction project, pedestrian traffic will experience intermediate changes throughout the summer including intermittent door closures at Memorial Field House, Thompson Student Union and University Hall. And no vehicle traffic — with exception of emergency vehicles – will be permitted in Centennial Mall during the construction.

“Centennial Mall is an iconic part of our University of Toledo campus and the improvements planned throughout the summer will not only maintain this important feature, but enhance it for years to come,” said Jason Toth, senior associate vice president for administration.

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