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žžƵ in the Media: Upgrading the University of North Dakota’s University Avenue

September 08, 2022
Landscape Architecture Architecture Civil Engineering & Water Resources Lighting Design Urban Design

In the latest issue of Landscape Architect Magazine, žžƵ’s Bruce Niedermyer and Nate Byro explore the iconic transformation of a one-mile stretch of road through the heart of UND’s campus.

For many years, prospective students entering the University of North Dakota campus were greeted by an unwelcoming, pedestrian-unfriendly four-lane road known as University Avenue. Despite the ongoing development and expansion of UND’s campus, the quality and safety of University Avenue were overlooked – planted medians were paved for ease of maintenance, and a web of streets, driveways and crosswalks along the corridor caused confusion for pedestrians and motorists alike. Then, in 2017, the university, in partnership with the City of Grand Forks and žžƵ, initiated a $13 million renovation of University Avenue.

University of North Dakota – University Avenue Streetscape Improvements in Grand Forks, North Dakota by žžƵ. Photo by IRIS22 Productions LLC.

In the latest issue of , žžƵ’s Bruce Niedermyer, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP and Nate Byro, PLA, ASLA explore what it takes to renovate a one-mile stretch of road through the heart of campus and how, through thoughtful design, UND’s University Avenue has been transformed into an iconic streetscape that celebrates the university, accommodates safe multi-modal traffic and stands up to the challenges of winter.

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director