One of the lasting legacies of UTEP’s Centennial is the transformation of the central part of campus into a pedestrian-friendly public space.
The Centennial Plaza is inspired by the urban plazas across the region, where residents congregate. The Plaza will be bordered by the Union, Geological Sciences, Psychology, and Adminstration buildings.
Groves of native mesquite trees will provide shade for strolling, socializing, or studying. The Kingdom of Bhutan gifted a Lhakhang, a small hand-carved & hand-painted Bhutanese temple, which will be showcased in the Plaza.
The Centennial Plaza is designed to enhance the student experience and create a unique public landscape. The construction of the plaza is one of just many Campus Transformation projects, including the widening of Sun Bowl Drive, the construction of Spur 1966, a campus entry gateway at the eastern end of University Avenue, and an arroyo bridge which will provide pathways and seating areas that will connect the campus to surrounding neighborhoods.
The latest on the construction of the Centennial Plaza and other Campus Transformation projects can be found at onthemove.utep.edu.
Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.