Watch for construction on SMU streets during Fall Term 2012

Ongoing construction activities at SMU will continue to affect some parking areas and travel on some streets until Winter Break 2012 and beyond.

The parking area in the west end and in the southwestern quadrant of Park Cities Plaza will be close for construction activities through Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. Please do not walk through the construction area and obey all warning signs. Plaza officials have stated that only customers may use the Plaza parking lot; others will have their vehicles towed at their expense.

Other affected areas:

  • Airline Road will be closed from the north side of its intersection with Binkley Avenue to the south side of its intersection with Dyer Court until Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.
  • Westbound travel on SMU Boulevard from Dublin Street will be detoured to turn around onto eastbound SMU Boulevard at the entrance to Moody Garage.
  • Travel on Binkley Avenue between Bishop Boulevard and Dublin will be detoured at Ownby Drive for access to Airline Road north of Dyer Court.
  • Southbound travel along Airline Road will be detoured at westbound Dyer Court.
  • The parking lot north of the Sigma Chi parking lot will remain closed through January 2014.
  • The alley between SMU Boulevard and Dyer Court will be closed at the west end of the alley at Airline Road. This will affect parking behind these fraternity houses:
    • SMU Service House
    • Pi Kappa Alpha
    • Phi Delta Theta
    • Phi Gamma Delta

> Keep up with campus construction news at
> Learn more about SMU parking at

Binkley Avenue closed for construction March 19-May 11, 2012

Traffic alert: Binkley Avenue from Airline Road to Dublin Street will be closed from Monday, March 19, through Friday, May 11, 2012, for construction activities. All parking spaces along Binkley Avenue will be inaccessible.

In addition, the south entrance and exit of the Moody Coliseum Garage will be closed. All vehicles that park in the Moody Garage must enter and exit from SMU Boulevard.

Keep track of news and alerts concerning University construction projects at

Scheduled repairs will close SMU’s Peyton Parkway June 13, 2011

Peyton Parkway highlighted in red on SMU mapWeather permitting, Peyton Parkway next to SMU’s Memorial Health Center (red area on map at right) will be closed for asphalt repairs on Monday, June 13, 2011. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the day.

Vehicles normally parked in this area must be removed from Peyton Parkway by 7 a.m. on Monday or they will be relocated at the owner’s expense. Parking for permit holders is available on levels 3, 4 and 5 of the Binkley Avenue garage, in the Moody Coliseum garage and in the SMU section of the Meadows Museum garage.

The University apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. For questions or concerns, contact the Park ‘N Pony Office, 214-768-7275.

$5 million Armstrong gift will help build new Residential Commons

Elisabeth Martin Armstrong and William D. Armstrong, SMU Class of 1982Two alumni who lived on campus as SMU students are now making it possible for greater numbers of future students to enjoy the residential experience with new enhancements.

Alumni Elisabeth Martin Armstrong and William D. Armstrong (right), of Denver, have committed a $5 million gift toward the construction of SMU’s new Residential Commons complex, a grouping of five residential facilities and a dining hall, designed to expand learning outside the classroom.

> An overview of the Residential Commons concept from SMU Magazine

The Residential Commons model represents a new direction in SMU student housing. The five Residential Commons in this project will enable SMU to implement its new requirement that sophomores live on campus, in addition to first-year students. Campus living beyond the first year has been linked to higher retention rates and creates a greater sense of camaraderie among students. Each Residential Commons will include faculty in residence, expanding opportunities for learning, informal interactions and mentoring, says Paul Ludden, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Construction of the Residential Commons (rendering at bottom right) will begin in early 2012. The complex will be located north of Mockingbird Lane near the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports and Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the main campus. Expected to open in fall 2014, it will provide housing for 1,250 students, along with a dining facility for residents of the complex. Each Commons building also will include classrooms, seminar space and faculty accommodations. Currently existing residence halls will also be renovated to achieve the Residential Commons model by 2014.

In addition to private gifts, revenue from room and board will help to fund each Residential Commons.

> SMU Forum: Board of Trustees approves construction of new residence halls

“The Armstrong family’s gift to SMU will help ensure that future students will benefit from a close-knit, living and learning community that will enhance their SMU experience,” says SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are grateful to the Armstrongs for funding the first Residential Commons, and we are pleased to name it in their honor.”

Supporting SMU is a family tradition for the Armstrongs, 1982 graduates who are among three generations of family members who have attended or are attending SMU. Bill and Liz Armstrong met as geology students in Dedman College during their first year at SMU. They serve as co-chairs of the University’s Second Century Campaign Steering Committee for Denver, served from 2008 through 2011 as chairs of the Parent Leadership Council and were members of the committee for their 25-year class reunion. They hosted a Denver campaign kick-off and several summer send-off parties for Denver-area students attending SMU.

Rendering of SMU's new Residential Commons complex, scheduled for completion in 2014In addition, they contributed support for construction of the Armstrong Casita student residence at SMU’s Taos campus, where as students they attended geology field camp. They are consistent givers to the University’s Annual Fund, and they contributed toward the rebuilding of the new Pi Beta Phi house, where Liz and her daughter, Leigh, were both active members.

> Liz Armstrong discusses her family’s special connection with the Taos campus

At most SMU home football games, they tailgate on The Boulevard with their extended family. Daughter Leigh, the 11th member of their family to attend SMU, graduated May 14 from Meadows School of the Arts, and in 2010 daughter Lindsey earned a Master’s degree in education from the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

The Armstrongs’ gift counts toward SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign, which has raised $538 million to date toward its goal of $750 million to support student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.

> Read more from SMU News

Construction closes SMU Boulevard eastbound lane April 25-May 13, 2011

SMU Boulevard closure map, April-May 2011-Due to construction activity, the eastbound lane of SMU Boulevard between Airline Road and Dublin Street will be closed from Monday, April 25, to Friday, May 13, 2011.

The closure will not include the section of SMU Boulevard between Airline Road and the Binkley Avenue Garage entrance.

The westbound lane of SMU Boulevard between Airline Road and Dublin Street will remain open. (See map at right – click for a larger version.)

The sidewalk will also be closed in the construction area.

In addition, vehicular traffic occasionally may be restricted at the Potomac Avenue-Airline Road intersection. A construction flagman will be present at such times to assist motorists.

Please observe all warning signs in the construction area.

Pedestrian mall construction prompts traffic changes effective Feb. 16, 2011

The start of construction on a pedestrian mall extension along the east side of the Science Information Center and Fondren Library will affect traffic flows and pedestrian access in that area beginning Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. The traffic-flow changes are expected to last about 10 weeks.

  • Traffic flow on McFarlin Boulevard (between Hughes-Trigg Student Center and Fondren Library) will be changed from one-way west bound to one-way east bound.
  • Robert S. Hyer Lane will be changed from one-way north bound to one-way south bound.
  • Barricades will be installed just east of the entrance to the Dedman Life Sciences Building parking lot (so the lot can remain open) and on University Boulevard at Airline Road. The University will be closed to all vehicular traffic between the barricades. Only construction vehicles will be allowed in the area.
  • In addition, pedestrians cannot use the east entrance to the link between Fondren Library and the Science Information Center during construction.

Extension of the Northeast Quad pedestrian mall from the southeast corner of Dedman Life Sciences Building to the southeast corner of Fondren Library is expected to be completed in August 2011.

The University apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

SMU Boulevard to close for six months beginning Jan. 3, 2011

SMU Boulevard and sidewalks on both sides of the street will close for construction beginning Jan. 3, 2011. The areas will be closed until summer 2011. Details were distributed to the University community in the following e-mail dated Dec. 17, 2010:

Construction activities require the closing of SMU Boulevard (indicated in red on the map below) to vehicular and pedestrian traffic from Dublin Street to the southbound access road of North Central Expressway from Jan. 3, 2011, through late summer. This closure also will include the sidewalks on both sides of the street.

There will be a sidewalk connection from the intersection of North Central and SMU Boulevard to Dyer Street for all pedestrian traffic going to and from East Campus.

The closing will require a temporary rerouting for the Mustang Express. A map of the temporary route is being developed by Park N’ Pony and will be available before Jan. 3. A temporary stop will be placed at University Boulevard and Airline Road.

More details will be provided as the project progresses. The University apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

> Visit the Park N’ Pony website

SMU Boulevard closing map, January 2011