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The 2013 Campus Master Plan Update is an update of the 2005 Campus Master Plan. This document references the previous plan for the purpose of understanding changes since 2005 and to look back at the growth and development of the campus. Elements of the 2005 plan which did not change have been fully integrated into the 2013 plan. This document replaces the ‘Denton Campus Master Plan - 2005’ for the purpose of moving forward with projects and furthuring development of the campus. The Appendix includes a matrix comparing the Table of Contents of the two documents for reference.


LETTER FROM THE CHANCELLOR One of the key values in our System Strategic Plan is summarized in a single word -Purposeful. We strive to be as intentional as possible in everything we do, not relying on chance to shape our services and our growth, but instead considering and choosing to pursue our very best opportunities. Our beautiful UNT campus has grown over the years in size as the region and the University have grown. We’ve added facilities, housing, landscaping, and transportation services, but until 2005 there was not a carefully considered Master Plan to guide this growth. In the years since that master plan, many good things happened in the growth of the UNT campus, but some less ideal accidents of development, some less than purposeful decisions, occurred as well. This is a good time to update the 2005 Master Plan because we have some important opportunities. The City of Denton is growing and developing around us, the interstate highway is being rebuilt, and UNT can choose to shape its next stages of campus development in exciting ways. With this 2013 Master Plan Update we continue to strengthen our vision for our campus and you can feel the pride growing each year. The UNT campus in Denton is blessed with a natural beauty that is very distinctive among Texas universities. Its hills and large trees and graceful historic buildings make an impressive home for one of Texas’ largest universities. Residential growth on campus has brought an increase in pedestrian life on the streets and sidewalks, and cars are slowly moving to the edge of campus and into parking structures. This plan recognizes some great opportunities to create a more unifying and consistent architectural language for our buildings. It proposes more distinct major entry points into campus, a well-defined campus perimeter to mark the special environment of a college campus, and a better central pedestrian path or park to knit the campus together. I appreciate all the members of our UNT community who have participated in the development of this plan, along with the planning professionals who have assisted us. It is a plan we can be proud of and will help us continue to build and improve a great flagship university.

Lee F. Jackson UNT System Chancellor 4


LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT From our humble beginning in 1890 as a teacher’s training school to our standing today as the nation’s 25th largest university, UNT is transforming itself into a university of the future. Our progress is defined by growth and excellence, which are embodied in our state of mind and in our physical environment. UNT’s strategic plan and four bold goals lay out our vision for education and research. Our new campus master plan lays out our vision for facilities. Both will help us to fulfill our mission to provide an excellent educational experience for our students. UNT’s new campus master plan will be the compass that sets our direction and points us to the future. This campus master plan is carefully thought out and is consistent with our priorities for academic excelle