Benenson Plaza highlights ongoing campus beautification

December 18, 2012 2:00 PM

Mary Sparacello

The tradition at Tulane University of encouraging outdoor classrooms, events and gatherings continues thanks to the construction of Benenson Plaza, located near Newcomb Hall on the uptown campus. A dedication ceremony on Wednesday (Dec. 12) celebrated this latest milestone in Tulane’s landscape renewal plan.

Dedication of Benenson Plaza

Tulane President Scott Cowen, left, leads the dedication on Dec. 12 of the plaza near Newcomb Hall, celebrating the latest milestone in the landscape renewal plan on the uptown campus. (Photo by Sabree Hill)

Located in the center of the uptown campus, Benenson Plaza provides improved lighting and numerous benches and tables for relaxation, studying and fellowship. The plaza is the third phase of a project designed to join the quads between Newcomb Hall and McAlister Auditorium and transform the green expanse in the middle of campus into a scenic environment.

At the dedication ceremony, speakers noted that the beautification project is part of a long-term strategy to foster a pedestrian-friendly culture at Tulane.

Tulane President Scott Cowen said the plaza will attract people to the outdoors. “This magnificent plaza,” he said, “enhances the view from Newcomb Hall all the way over to McAlister.”

Benenson Plaza is part of the Newcomb-McAlister Unified Green beautification project that started with turning McAlister Drive into the McAlister Place Pedestrian Way.

The new outdoor landmark was the gift of Clement and Stephanie Benenson, both of whom received their undergraduate degrees from Tulane in 2004; his father, James Benenson Jr.; brother, James Benenson III; and their families.

Clem Benenson, a member of the Board of Tulane, said his family’s goal is to make Tulane as successful aesthetically as the university has been in fulfilling its academic mission. “I see this as a celebration of Tulane,” he said.

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