Expanding and enhancing SMU’s special campus is a primary goal of The Second Century Campaign. A new phase of construction that began in spring 2012 is transforming the southeast section of campus and helping lay the groundwork for an extraordinary second century on the Hilltop. These additions will have a tremendous positive impact on students’ academic, cultural and community life and help enable SMU to meet the needs and expectations of new generations pursuing academic achievement and personal growth. To learn more about supporting SMU’s capital projects, please visit smu.edu/building100.
Expansion and extensive renovation of the iconic facility will provide many new and improved features, including a renovated main lobby; expanded concourses with raised ceilings; a major expansion of the north side of the coliseum featuring club seats, loge boxes and suites; and technology enhancements. The project took a major step forward with lead gifts from the Moody Foundation and SMU Trustee David B. Miller ’72, ’73 and Carolyn L. Miller.
Mustang Band Hall
Construction of a new practice facility and home for the Mustang Band in Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports will include nearly five times the current band hall space, an expanded rehearsal hall to accommodate a 150-member band and enhanced practice rooms for ensemble and individual use. The project has received commitments from band alumni and other donors.
Residential Commons Complex
The new Residential Commons Complex, designed to provide housing for an additional 1,250 students, represents a new living-learning model on the SMU campus. The Complex, which will include five residence halls and a dining hall near Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, will enable all first- and second-year students to live on campus. Other SMU residence halls will be renovated to reflect the new model. Lead gifts for the facility thus far have been provided by Liz Martin Armstrong ’82 and SMU Trustee Bill Armstrong ’82 and by SMU Trustee Paul B. Loyd, Jr. ’68 and Penny Requa Loyd. The project has received national attention in the form of a story and photo in a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. It was featured in an examination of colleges’ and universities’ efforts to connect students’ learning in and out of class.