Campus Master Plan | 2011
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Glory Road

The area of campus around Glory Road primarily contains facilities for athletics and special events, including the Sun Bowl Stadium, Glory Road Practice Field, Larry K. Durham Sports Center, Memorial Gym, and the Don Haskins Center. The co-location of these facilities and their proximity to the campus core enhances both their functionality and their appeal to students, alumni, and the El Paso community.

Two large parking lots and a new garage at the Glory Road/Oregon Street intersection accommodate student vehicles as well as game day parking and tailgating. The large extent of paved area, particularly lots P-8 and P-9, results in a lack of cohesion and definition in this part of campus. Pedestrian routes are unclear, and roadways such as Randolph Drive and Glory Road are in places indistinguishable from parking areas.

The Master Plan enhances the Glory Road area by clarifying its roadway network and reducing the amount of surface parking. The Plan relocates Glory Road to align with Baltimore Avenue east of Mesa Street, and proposes a new campus gateway at the Glory Road/Mesa Street intersection. This gives the stadium a direct approach from the east and, along with the removal of surface lots P-8 and P-9, creates sites for new athletic and academic buildings. It also provides the opportunity to enhance the game day experience by developing a new Alumni Center across from the main entry to the Sun Bowl, with a large plaza between the stadium and Alumni Center for tailgating and other events.

The Plan strengthens the connection between the north campus and the campus core by extending Randolph Drive north across Glory Road to meet Sun Bowl Drive. Existing surface parking will be replaced by a new garage southwest of the Randolph Drive/Glory Road intersection.

The underutilized Memorial Gym should be replaced in the long-term with a new facility. One possibility for this site is a new Performing Arts Complex. With its attendant public-oriented events, an arts facility in this location would benefit from its proximity both to the new campus gateway and to the parking facilities—both new and existing—that serve athletic venues in the area. A more detailed program should be tested, however, to ensure that such a facility is a good fit on this site.




Existing and Proposed Glory Road Areas (mouse over for proposed image, click image for larger version of proposed plan, click here for larger version of existing plan)

Existing and proposed north-facing Section A–A along Glory Road and Parking Lot P-9
(mouse over for proposed image, click image for larger version of proposed section, click here for larger version of existing section)

Existing and proposed west-facing Section B–B, showing reoriented Glory Road, Glory Field, and Sun Bowl Drive (mouse over for proposed image, click image for larger version of proposed section, click here for larger version of existing section)