Campus Expansion Overview
Texas Christian University continues to implement its Facilities Master Plan, a tool to demonstrate campus potential that aligns with the university’s strategic plans. We are ensuring that our buildings meet the learning needs of our students today and tomorrow; optimizing the way we use our property with academic areas grouped together within reasonable walking distance; developing a pedestrian-friendly campus; and creating dedicated green spaces where the campus community can interact.
Construction of the new Administration Building, which brings together departments that work closely with each other into a single location, returning valuable square footage to academic use across several facilities, and creates a new campus entrance from West Berry Street.
Closure of Bellaire Drive North to create a pedestrian walkway adjoining the Administration Building and Mary Wright Admission Center.
Infrastructure and roadway improvements in and around the area bounded by Bellaire Drive North to the north, Stadium Drive to the west, West Berry Street to the south and Rogers Avenue to the east.
The renovation of Sadler Hall (the former Administration Building) to accommodate academic programs
The New Administration Building
The most visible new facility will be the new Administration Building. This new building will consolidate a majority of the university’s administrative programs into a single, easily accessible location. The building is composed of two wings; a three-story wing situated along what was the southern edge of Bellaire Drive North and a two-story wing bounded by Rogers Avenue. Together the two wings define a new campus entry court with a fountain at its center allowing for vehicular pick up and drop off. The main lobby of this building is centered in the three-story wing and has a southern, more publicly oriented entrance connected to the formal entry court and a northern campus-oriented entrance along a new pedestrian corridor at Bellaire Drive North.
The new Administration Building is purposefully intended to have an impact beyond its immediate surroundings. It is a symbol of a new entry to the campus which is framed by a large, arched opening and flanked by a tower. As visitors approach the campus along West Berry Street and Bellaire Drive West the tower will be visible; it will be visible from the heart of the campus to the north; it will be visible along the south approach to campus along University Drive and it will be visible from east of Paschal High School on the approach to campus from the east. Most importantly, like other TCU buildings, the new Administration Building will be a welcome and approachable landmark characterized by its use of familiar campus materials and details, as well as the way it sits in a beautifully landscaped open space designed to a comfortable pedestrian scale.
The new Administration Building contributes to the ongoing evolution of the unique architectural style and visual vocabulary of the TCU campus. The building uses the campus material palette of blended blond brick, cast stone details and embellishments crowned with a red tile roof. The building form, shape, and articulation is informed by the TCU pedestrian environment, the needs of the modern workplace and the place of the university within the City of Fort Worth.
The pedestrian environment characteristic of the campus core has been expanded to the south. To the north of the new Administration Building all of the walkways and open spaces are designed for a comfortable pedestrian experience. The north entry to the building is oriented to the heart of the campus and uses a classic portico reminiscent of the scale and articulation of the early campus architecture. A new plaza frames the north entry. There are two-story curved bay windows at the east and west ends of the building which frame the approach along Bellaire Drive North.
The building width and floor to floor heights are optimized to allow for natural light and exterior views from the majority of the spaces as well as long term flexibility of the workspace. Programs which require significant day-to-day interaction with students, faculty and staff are placed on the first floor. All of the building programs are readily accessible from a centrally located core and public stair. The primary public circulation is organized along the southern edge of the building to provide consistent orientation with views to the entry court and the neighborhood to the south. Social meeting and collaboration are clustered centrally within the three-story wing and expressed by large arched glass openings on the buildings southern facade.