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Green space, shade and outdoor meeting places unite the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's newest buildings to create a sense of community. The carefully designed pedestrian areas around the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology connect this popular area of Auburn's campus with a unique blend of walkways and landscaping, as well as a new water feature – the first of its kind on campus.
In an effort to further beautify the university and continue the development of a walking campus at Auburn, the area surrounding the newly completed Shelby Center for Engineering Technology has made accessing the engineering quad across to Haley Center and just beyond to the new student center a breeze.
Green space, outdoor seating areas and unique hardscapes unify Shelby Center's newest additions in the second and final phase of its construction - the Advanced Engineering Research Laboratory and Dwight Wiggins Mechanical Engineering Hall. They join Shelby's original buildings as user-friendly walkways create easy and direct access around the complex, as well as a direct route to the south side of Auburn's campus.
Facing Jordan-Hare Stadium in the center of the engineering complex is Carroll Commons. Trees complement the spacious lawn, providing a park-like setting and making the commons an attractive spot for students to study, relax and enjoy the outdoors. A newly landscaped area to the east of Shelby Center (toward Samford Hall) will run from Magnolia Ave. to the Thach concourse.
This walkway begins with a new bus stop on Magnolia and winds to a water feature, a generous gift from Samuel Ginn, namesake of the College of Engineering. It includes a waterfall from an upper basin across a 30-foot granite face that drops nearly 10 feet into a seating area shaded by trees. The area is designed not only as a pedestrian corridor from the student apartments on the north side of campus, but as a destination as well – a place to take a break, catch up on homework or read emails on the way to class.
When racing to get from the engineering complex to the center of campus in between classes, or when the streets and sidewalks are crammed with fans hurrying to get to Jordan-Hare for the next home game of the season, remember there is a new, faster way to reach your destination.
You just have to head towards the green.
Last Updated: Oct. 20, 2011