UMDP unveiled to community

Grambling State University’s campus has undergone many changes since it began its recent transformation during the spring semester of 2007. President Horace Judson’s vision has been based on future development of the campus as most people know it. On a rainy Tuesday morning, officials gathered in T.H. Harris Auditorium to discuss Grambling State University’s Master Development Plan. Speaker and architect Douglas Graham seemed very enthused about the future plans said to last approximately 14 months.

Graham’s presentation included examples of what he referred to as a “unique vision.” The plans are to restore, if not replace, buildings over 50 years old and bring them into the 21st century.

The overall transformation can be broken down into phases. Phase I has almost been completed with the introduction of Tiger Village and redesign of the Student Union.

Phase II will be what truly reflects the beginning of the vision, this includes a new Attucks Hall, that has already begun construction; a new library relocated closely behind Brown Hall, a new Carver Hall; also known as the new Math and Science Excellence Cente;, an Eddie Robinson museum; a Greek Quad; University Lake; Educational Village, which includes an amphitheater; Grambling’s Lab school, grade school, College of Education and much more. Graham ensures that not only will buildings be constructed, but the creation of new space will take place as well.

There will be more pedestrian-friendly walkways all over campus and increased landscaping by planting hundreds of trees and shrubs. Some of these trees will be used in the medians of Main St. and R.W.E. Jones Drive.

Most of the campus will still keep their historic placement but undergo a serious makeover. The “square,” which includes buildings such as the auditorium, men’s gym, Lee Hall, and Long-Jones Hall, will still keep their places although parking will shift from directly in front of these buildings to a new parking area at the present Dunbar and A.C Lewis Memorial Library.

“This process is much like a DNA structure. Many components go into it,” states Graham.

The process will include organization, interviews, planning and determining funds. The goals are to increase success, assure quality and enhance communities and state. The main objective is to enhance Grambling’s distinct reputation a positive outcomes.

With all the construction and restoration, some feel that Grambling will lose its heritage in the shuffle. The plan is to create a better and newer learning environment that will further benefit the student.

As the capital campaign states, “Our legacy, Our future.