The new International Way will become the primary east-west pedestrian connector across campus, and will extend from the street curb to the stairway of University Memorial Union building, a campus “hub” which houses the primary student dining room, JCSU bookstore, student lounge and Grimes multipurpose meeting room.
More significantly, this distinctive thoroughfare will serve as a tangible representation of the University’s commitment to global education and diversity programs. In addition to improved walkways and enhanced landscaping, International Way will be accentuated with flags representing the many different homelands of our students – a constant reminder of JCSU’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive community.
The new concrete walkway will stretch 10 to 12 feet in width and will be accented by brick pavers. A series of accent Blue LED lighting will be installed within the brick pavers for added lighting and visual appeal in the evening and during special events. This is further enhanced with LED pole lighting in “JCSU Gold and Blue” at each end of the walkway.
The last design feature of International Way is a World Map that will be imprinted onto the walkway at the entrance to the Memorial Union building. Additional flags and other site amenities will also be installed adjacent the walkway. International Way will provide a lasting memory of the University’s commitment to global learning and an opportunity for visitors to reflect that the world is truly our classroom.
International Way will benefit Johnson C. Smith University by providing a defining centerpiece for the campus, that is a physical expression of the University’s mission and values. JCSU appreciates and celebrates various world cultures and this project reflects those principles. An additional benefit is that this area of campus will become a scenic, calming place to gather with friends or to study, or to simply relax and reflect. From a practical perspective, benefits include improved pedestrian linkage to the campus’ Honors College Quadrangle and enhanced directional movement, facilitated by the linear design of International Way.