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UNT seal, demolished over winter break, to return later in 2016

UNT seal, demolished over winter break, to return later in 2016

February 01
15:37 2016

Evan McAlister | Staff Writer

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Graduation pictures this semester won’t be the same, but the university seal on the corner of North Texas Blvd. and Interstate 35 will return. It was torn down Dec. 17 as part of the I-35 expansion project by TXDot contractor AGL Constructors.

A new one will be built by this summer (or sooner), Helen Bailey, director of facilities planning, design and construction said. The new one will be built near the location of the old one, and will be paid for with the money the university received from TXDot for the land needed for the expansion project.

“We are wanting to have it installed as soon as possible, but coordination with AGL and their work may hinder our progress,” Bailey said.

Blueprints of the new seal provided by UNT.

Blueprints of the new seal provided by UNT.

The original seal went up in 1998. Some students and alumni are upset by the demolition.

“It would have been nice if the they could have waited until our class [graduated],” biology senior Elizabeth Mathers said. “There are plenty of other spots on the campus for us to take grad photos, so it’s cool that we can start new traditions.”

Bailey insists the new sign will better. The same design will be kept, but the new seal will feature black letters on a white granite.

Since September 2015, the intersection and surrounding streets have been under construction to realign the frontage roads.

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