In general we think the University does a good job of paving and maintaining walkways around campus. That said, there are a few spots around campus that are prime candidates for pedestrian improvement. This muddy embankment, located adjacent to Jimenez Hall, is calling out for a cement staircase. Here pedestrians walking from the HH bus stop and the union have broken down a chain fence and eroded the earth down to tree roots cutting through to reach the mall. We hope the Facilities Management department targets this spot for future construction.
We’ve been noticing plenty of newcomers to campus wandering about with campus maps figuring out how to get around, so we thought now was the perfect time to point out some online map resources. The best place to start is probably the University’s interactive map that lets you find buildings, parking lots, and other landmarks by name, number, or letter code. If you are feeling bold they also have posted a PDF version of the map printed in university publications, although be warned – the file is large and hard to navigate. Looking for a library or a place to study? The library has this map of all their facilities.
We noticed a variety of local and statewide maps available for free in the student union near the information desk, some of which are available from the Maryland Department of Transportation. For College Park we found a good map at the union but use Google Maps online, and the city has posted to their website this PDF of the council wards.
As a matter of good urban design we think additional, permanent maps are needed both on campus and in the city of College Park. Detailed maps placed in busy areas can help newcomers and visitors find their way as well as encouraging pedestrian traffic.
The University and the state of Maryland have begun construction on a second (38,000 SF) addition to Van Munching Hall since it was constructed in 1993; bringing the building to 238,000 SF. The building will house the school’s PhD program. The site is between the existing business school and the architecture building and further defines the western side of the planned southwest campus mall. (PDF) Expected completion: October 2008. This website contains a list of various construction projects around campus.