UTEP Approves $25 Million Campus Improvement Project

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POSTED: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 6:47am

UPDATED: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 7:06am

EL PASO - UTEP leaders voted yes in accepting a $25 million project that will transform the campus grounds and make the school a little greener.

The goal is to make it more pedestrian friendly. The plan is to add bike baths and green spaces where people can work and relax.

They're even planning on including a plaza for community events and class outside.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the project just yesterday in an effort to improve the quality of life of students, staff and visitors.

However, this isn't a new idea thoughts of a more shaded outdoor friendly campus began more than 10 years ago.

The city, El Paso Water Utilities and the Texas Department of Transportation all partnered with the school to help with the plans for the transformation. The president of the school says the work will be done in stages and says the school already has a million bucks raised for the centennial plaza project.

The rest of the funds will most likely come from grant funding. The university is still working on finalizing the design plans.

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