Contact: Gary Shultz
SMU Web Communications
(214) 768-7665


January 30, 2002


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DALLAS (SMU) -- Spring 2002 will see a flurry of construction activity on the east side of the Southern Methodist University campus, where the Jerry R. Junkins Electrical Engineering Building is nearing completion and construction will soon start on the Laura Lee Blanton Student Services Building.

A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held for the Blanton Building at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, on the construction site west of Airline Road near SMU Boulevard. The Blanton Building will be the centerpiece of the new east quadrangle on the SMU campus. It will house Enrollment Services, Information Technology Services and other student services when it is completed in summer 2003.

Beginning Feb. 9, some parking spaces along Fraternity Row near Caruth Hall and behind Bradfield Computing Center will be eliminated to make way for the start of construction on the Blanton Building. The university recommends that students who park in these areas use the Moody Garage and that faculty and staff use the Meadows Museum Garage.

Binkley Avenue will be closed from near Airline to west of Ownby Drive from late May to late August to make way for utility work related to the Blanton Building. Virtually all parking behind Bradfield will be eliminated beginning in late May.

The Junkins Building, located on the southwest corner of Airline and Dyer Street, will be completed in July and ready for the start of school in the fall. The $14.6 million building will be occupied primarily by SMU's Electrical Engineering Department. Classrooms and lecture halls will be located on the first floor and the third floor will provide office space for faculty and students. The ground floor and second floor will house a variety of teaching and research labs.

The parking area north of the Junkins Building and east of Caruth Hall will become a green space.

The various construction activities also are affecting traffic flow and the name of streets. Airline Road from Daniel Avenue south to Dyer Street (behind Fondren Library) is being renamed Ownby Drive. Airline Extension, between Daniel and Dyer, is being renamed Airline Road. From now on, the Airline Parking Garage on the southeast corner of Airline and Daniel can only be accessed from the north because the street between University Boulevard and the garage (formerly Airline Road) will become a pedestrian plaza.

Spring will bring an end to the five-year Campaign for SMU: A Time to Lead, which officially concludes on May 31, 2002. More than 40,000 alumni, parents, friends, students, and other supporters are helping to make the Campaign the most successful fund-raising effort in the University's history. Other construction projects funded by the campaign include:

  • Dedman Life Sciences Building
  • Fondren Science Center
  • Perkins Chapel Renovation
  • Gerald J. Ford Stadium
  • Paul B. Loyd Jr. All Sports Center
  • Meadows Museum and Parking Garage
  • Airline Garage
  • Law School Garage
  • Various street and parking lot modifications

Questions or concerns about construction projects may be directed to Gary Shultz of the SMU Office of Public Affairs at or 8-7665.