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A Common Vision
Welcome to our Campus
Commons, the heart of education at TCU in the 21st century.
Like the town square of old, everything will intersect here.
With a 135,000 square foot University Union, four
multi-story residence halls and a park-like greenway, you’ll
be immersed in a community of learners, a place where
intellectual discussion and social engagement is the norm.
Step from your
residence hall onto an expansive green. Follow a covered
walk to the Union to grab a meal, get your mail, meet with a
study group or just hang with friends. Head to class, less
than five minutes away; or to our award-winning recreation
center to stretch your muscles.
A lot of People are
Digging our New Campus
The $100 million Campus
Commons is the next step in TCU’s vision of a world-class,
values-centered university experience housed in a
residential environment. In the past decade, we’ve upgraded
existing residence halls and classrooms, added a
state-of-the art technology center, a hall for
entrepreneurial education and an expansive recreation
center, and will reopen the historic Bailey Building in 2007
after adding a wing and restoring its original 1914 façade.
Like the Town Square
of Old, Everything will Intersect Here
Plans for the Commons
began in 2003 when Chancellor Victor Boschini initiated
Vision in Action (VIA), a strategic planning process that
identified more than 50 specific objectives. VIA
determined that TCU would, among other plans, hold
undergraduate enrollment at 7,200 through 2009-10, and house
two-thirds (4,800) of the undergraduates in
University-owned or authorized housing. See www.via.tcu.edu
for detailed plans.
The Nexus of Student
Brown-Lupton University Union will be a “permeable” building
with two through-passageways and multiple entrances and
exits. The central corridor will run from Stadium Drive to
the green. There will be lounges, a TCU Heritage Center, a
copy center, a convenience store, a post office, specialty
retail and retail food services (with indoor and outdoor
seating), even a sports-style restaurant. A large suite of
offices and workspace for Student Government and student
organizations on the first floor will include a spacious
outdoor patio. A 350-seat “great hall” will provide space
for films, lectures and concerts.
The second floor will
feature a large dining facility with covered and open-air
outdoor seating. A large office suite for student services
will be housed on this level.
A student governance
chamber, multiple lounges, seminar/conference rooms and a
large ballroom with
pre-function space will
make up most of the third floor. The Chancellor’s Dining
Room on this level will be attached to a spacious reception
area, which will open onto an outdoor terrace.
The building will be
crowned by a five-story bell tower, and the Commons side
will be lined with fully arcaded walkways. In keeping with
the pedestrian nature of the Commons, three open-air
amphitheatres (one seating 200-300, two seating 50-60) will
accommodate events, productions and concerts.
At Home on Campus
Each of the four new
residence halls flanking the Commons will have four or five
stories and house 150-160 students, who will live in
suite-style rooms. Some suites will include a living area,
and every student will have a private room with bed, desk
and closet. In most, two to four students will share a
common bath. There will also be some single-student rooms
with private baths. All the halls will have multiple common
lounges for study and student activities. Covered walkways
will connect the halls to the Union.
Foot Traffic Only
In keeping with the
pedestrian intent of the Commons, all parking will be moved
to the perimeter of the campus, with regular shuttle
service providing rides to and from the lots.
What About Frog
The Frog Fountain
flutes will be dismantled and stored, then reinstalled in a
new pool at the east end of the Commons when the first two
residence halls are complete in August 2007.
The Old will be New
Student Center, built in 1955, will become a primarily
academic complex for AddRan College of Humanities and Social
Sciences after the Commons,is complete. No date for this
project has been set.