Pardon our dust: Summer filled with campus renovation projects

June 15, 2011

This summer some of the dust rising from campus is coming from more than just students, professors and campers. Baylor is undergoing some improvements.

  • Fountain Mall
    The roadways running the length of Fountain Mall are being removed to make way for more landscaped green space. The entrance area to Fountain Mall along Fifth Street is also being remodeled.

  • National Pan-Hellenic Council Garden
    The street and small parking lot behind Marrs McLean Gym will be removed. In its place the National Pan-Hellenic Council Garden will be built in honor of the history and heritage of African-American fraternities and sororities. The garden will include seven monuments honoring the seven Baylor chapters of the Council's "Divine Nine" international Greek letter sororities and fraternities.

  • Fort Faculty
    Demolition and clearing of some vacant houses in the "Fort Faculty" area of campus is taking place this summer. The lots have been cleared and will be planted with grass. The houses on the remaining lots -- except for Allbritton House, the home of the Baylor president -- will be removed in the summer of 2012. The land will eventually be used for the construction of new Baylor academic facilities.

  • Bill Daniel Student Center
    The Bear Market Food Court and Den Lounge area of the Student Center are being remodeled to facilitate the introduction of new dining options. The Den Lounge will be home to a new Einstein Bros. Bagels store. The Den Lounge stage and televisions will be relocated to new locations in the room to accommodate the addition.

    In the Bear Market Food Court, Quiznos will move to the space in the lobby formerly occupied by The Daily Grind Coffee Shop. Chick-Fil-A and Ninfa's will move to more spacious areas within the food court and will be joined by a new Mooyah hamburger restaurant. The food court also will be remodeled with a new main entrance.

    All Student Center dining facilities will be open by the start of the fall 2011 semester.

  • Baylor Sciences Building
    Two new dining facilities are being added to vacant space in the courtyard area of the Sciences Building: Which Wich Superior Sandwiches and Moe's Southwest Grill.

  • Moody Memorial Library
    A new Starbucks coffee shop, the second on the Baylor campus, will be added this summer in the Allbritton Foyer of Moody Memorial Library. When Starbucks begins operation in the fall semester, the current Java City dining facility on the garden level of the library will be closed.

  • Academic space renovations
    As part of the annual series of renovations done to older spaces each summer, modern fixtures and furniture will be installed in the Castellaw Communications Center auditorium and several classrooms in Tidwell Bible Building.

  • Penland Hall
    A fire suppression system is being installed throughout the building, and upgrades are being made to finishes within the lobby.

Students, faculty, and staff will benefit from some new looks around campus in the fall, but while the work is being done this summer we ask that you pardon our dust.