Creating a campus focal point

The conversion of Speedway Avenue into a pedestrian space—a mall—offers many opportunities to enrich the lives of students at The University of Texas at Austin. The Speedway Mall will be an outdoor learning environment—a focal point of numerous campus activities and services which will enrich the experience of students under the majestic canopies of the mature oak trees that line Speedway.

The mall will be a place for students to gather informally, an area where student services and student organizations can be promoted, a place for campus-wide festivals, and areas where scheduled performances by student music or dance groups can occur during the day and at night. This campus transformation will contribute significantly to the learning experience for all students, while at the same time enhancing the campus experience of faculty, staff, and visitors.

The Speedway Mall project is one of the most significant and transformative steps in moving forward two opportunities outlined in UT Austin’s 2012 Campus Master Plan. The opportunities, or “Big Ideas,” include revitalizing the core campus and facilitating safer and more efficient mobility.

The first Information Session about the Mall was held on September 28, 2015, and a second session was held on November 10, 2016.  Future sessions will be announced and held in advance of each new stage of the project. You can also keep track of the project by visiting the Construction Advisory.

If you have questions or comments about the Speedway Mall project, you may email speedwaymall@austin.utexas.edu.

photo of students taking a break on the Gregory Gym plaza

Students take a break on the Gregory Gym plaza