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Construction Zone - Parking and Traffic Restrictions

As construction work continues on the former Mrs. Baird’s site at Mockingbird Lane and Central Expressway, SMU has reminded its contractors that workers at the site must refrain from parking within the Highland Park neighborhood and from utilizing the Highland Park neighborhood as a thoroughfare.

For parking, the workers have been directed to off-campus supplemental parking areas. For traffic, the workers have been directed to only utilize Mockingbird Lane and Central Expressway.

The contractors have pledged to enforce a “zero tolerance” policy for their employees and for those of any subcontractors working at the site. Violators of the parking policy will be removed from the project.

Contractor representatives, along with SMU personnel, will monitor the area as part of their routine in support of this parking and traffic policy.



Please observe warning and directional signs when driving or walking near construction areas. Additional announcements of street and sidewalk closings by the University will be made as required.

Harold Clark Simmons Hall

Through the generous donation of Harold and Annette Simmons, SMU is currently designing the new Harold Clark Simmons Hall.  This 40,000 square foot facility will house a teaching design lab as well as several academic spaces.  The construction of this new education facility is expected to begin fall 2014 with completion expected fall 2015. (Click here for Construction Progress Images)

Landscape Pocket Park and Tennis Plaza

SMU's planned Landscape Pocket Park and Tennis Plaza is located at the intersection of Mockingbird Lane and Airline Road.  These landscaped areas will refresh the intersection and provide a pedestrian walkway linking Main Campus to the Tennis Complex.  The Pocket Park and Plaza are scheduled for completion spring 2015. (Click here for Conceptual Site Plan)

Fondren Library Center

A great library is an essential part of a great university and SMU has unveiled a new initiative to modernize the Fondren Library Center, updating the facility in line with a new model of libraries as centers of interactive technology and vital campus gathering places. The planned renovations and upgrades will constitute a much-needed alteration of the library’s interior spaces through thoughtful design, creating an environment conducive to study, research and intellectual exploration. Enhancements include optimization of user spaces, the addition of new public programming capabilities and technology upgrades that serve as a catalyst for learning.


Please direct questions about construction at SMU to the Office of Planning, Design, and Construction at

University Park construction projects sometimes affect traffic patterns near the campus and updates on those projects are available from the city's website.

Media inquiries should be directed to SMU News and Communications at