Grass is greener at Zona Luce
Plans for further development of the campus have often showed a new building placed in the field directly behind Zona Luce. Though no plans for any new buildings associated with the Centennial Campaign show a building in that spot, past blueprints have.
The field, one of the only consistently green, healthy lawns in town, remains a favorite spot for students to play and stroll. We hope the field is never touched and will remain in its pristine, green condition.
ACU continues to grow toward Judge Ely Blvd. The Biblical Studies Building , Mabee Business Building and the Williams Performing Arts Center are evidence of that trend. Constructing a building on the “old campus” around Zona Luce, the Administration Building and Zellner Hall would reverse the current trend the campus has taken and would take the focus away from any new project built there.
Also, the relatively small space leaves little room for an aesthetically pleasing building or free, sunlight drenched space. Anything built in that place would remain cramped and claustrophobic. Constrcution there would remove a pleasant and peacefu natural area with plenty of viewing room for the West Texas sky and replace it with clutter.
The proposed building place would also present a problem in the design of the building. Each buiding immediately surrounding the Zona Luce building was built in the early half of last century and the styles remain similar and present a common image. A newly designed and built structure would not easily match these, but could easily match those near Ely.
We commend the Centennial Campaign directors for leaving the field utouched so generations of ACU students may use that space for rugby, soccer and ultimate frisbee. The soft, green grass can remain a playground for ACU summer camps the future students attending those.
We hope to see the lawn behind Zona Luce green for all the Lectureships to come.