Should the UNC Greensboro Quad, an ninety-year-old landmark in the heart of the campus, be destroyed to make way for new dormitories?
You can have your say in the process that is the subject of the Chancellor’s Open Forum this Wednesday April 8, from 2:30-4:00pm in the Alexander Room, Elliott University Center.
Organizers hope this forum will allow participants to learn of this major construction project that could considerably increase student on-campus housing. Participants can debate the pros and cons of either sending the existing Quad to the landfill and building new, or renovating the Quad and building elsewhere.
The Quad consists of Shaw Hall, Bailey Hall, Hinshaw Hall, Jamison Hall, Coit Hall, Cotten Hall, Gray Hall. It is well-known as a defining feature of the campus both in terms of open recreation space with signature oak trees as well as the surrounding neoclassical dormitories. The complex was built between 1919 and 1923 to accommodate housing needs during a period of high campus growth.
Wednesday’s public forum might be the only time for comment on this concept before the idea is presented to the UNCG Board of Trustees at their April meeting. The board could approve the plans during the meeting.
Several within the community have been surprised by the scope and scale of the project that would replace the Quad with 700 to 1150-bed units. The impact on the visual appearance of the historic campus would be dramatic.
UNCG has marketed itself as an historic and aesthetic university campus. Promotional material online touts the visual appeal of the campus by stating “With its picturesque campus of 200 acres, no wonder visitors to UNCG say, ‘This is just the way a university is supposed to look.’”
Considering the historic and visual appeal of the Quad, and considering the value of the embodied energy and material used to construct the historic buildings 90 years ago, should the Quad be destroyed to make way for a new campus community?
What do you think?