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A Vision Takes Shape

A professor strolls from Peabody Park to The Glen, a new green space just south of the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness. A potential new graduate student enters a welcoming cornerstone of campus for the first time via the Arts Place at Tate Street and West Gate City Boulevard. An undergraduate student in a wheelchair exits the campus shuttle in front of the newly expanded and renovated Jackson Library and heads toward the new Nursing and Instructional Building.

In all three of these imagined scenarios, each traveler experiences the vibrant and re-imagined UNC Greensboro campus of the future through the physical manifestation of “Stepping Forward: The 2020 UNCG Campus Plan.”

Campus plan projects and development districtsThe plan was approved by the UNCG Board of Trustees on Sep. 24, 2020. It envisions the campus five years, 10 years, and even 15 years into the future.

Each of our imagined travelers above moves through the planned Forest Street Spine, West Gate City Corridor, and Tate Street Corridor, respectively. Part of a proposed vision to expand and improve the functionality, physical accessibility, and aesthetics of campus, these conceptual corridors are part of a planning approach that focuses on the learning environment, sustainability, and overall campus experience.

Considering the campus through lenses of land use, landscape, and circulation, the plan further divides the campus into districts that include the Central Campus District; McIver District; the Athletics and Recreation District; Tate Street Millennial District; and Gate City Millennial District. These smaller zones allow for much more focused and detailed planning to take place.

“We are ready and eager to work with our community to bring these bold, exciting plans to fruition,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “The new districts are game-changers; they are catalysts that will help transform the University and our city. Ultimately, our goal will be to create innovative partnerships that not only help us create a vibrant academic environment, but also bring economic development, jobs, and valuable resources to our region.”

A multi-function arts building, a mixed-occupant health and technology complex, renovated and expanded athletics facilities, updates for the sciences and the business school, and improvements to sidewalks, streets, signage, and landscaping are all key components that are planned to take shape in stages over the next 15 years.

Inspired by the “Taking Giant Steps” strategic plan, the Campus Plan will visually and programmatically connect sites, buildings, and thoroughfares in ways that improve movement within and functionality of campus regardless of one’s entry point or destination. The new plan provides a unified vision for the University to build upon our history and progress as we move through 2021 and beyond.

The proposed Forest Street Spine emphasizes a central landscape corridor through campus that connects Peabody Park on the north and The Glen, a wooded area located south of Union Street, which would be designated as a natural area for recreational and scientific use.

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