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Campus Connectivity at East Carolina University
By Alli Rael, LC/DBM, with Marc Barnes, Kings English for Pine Hall Brick


At East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., an existing walkway was replaced with a fresh brick path that is both pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Hudson Bros. Construction subbed out the project installation to Fred Adams Paving, who used four colors of Pine Hall Brick 4" x 8" English Edge clay pavers to construct the campus' main thoroughfare.


The 8' wide bike lane is designated with 'buff' colored pavers in a herringbone pattern. 'Autumn blend' colored chevrons were placed in the lanes to denote the direction of travel. Because the path is traveled by bicycles, pedestrians, golf carts and maintenance vehicles, a 'PaveEdge Industrial' edging restraint from PaveTech was installed.

East Carolina University, located in Greenville, N.C., wanted to transform their campus into one that would have a pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment. Since the school's foundation in 1907, a disjointed collection of vehicle alleyways and parking lots have been added along the historic campus mall, creating pedestrian-vehicle conflicts in a heavily used part of campus.

The goal of this project was to convert the aging asphalt surface into an appealing multiuse path through the University's historic mall, linking the disjointed paths throughout the campus neighborhoods.

Hudson Bros. Construction subbed out the paving project to Fred Adams Paving. After removing the existing paving, their team of six placed and compacted 10 inches of an aggregate base over a filter fabric.

While 3,500 square feet of the original paving was saved and reused for a portion of the project, 23,000 square feet of Pine Hall Brick 4" x 8" English Edge clay pavers in four colors were used to pave the majority of the thoroughfare. The path is 18 feet wide; 10 feet of that is the pedestrian zone, separated from the bike lane with a double stretcher course in 'dark accent' color.

The bike lane is defined by 'buff' colored bricks in a herringbone pattern. 'Autumn blend' colored chevrons denoting the direction of travel were inlaid in the bicycle lanes. The lanes are divided by a single stretcher course. The pedestrian zone is in a basket-weave pattern with 'full range' colored bricks. The pathway needed to be durable enough to withstand golf carts and maintenance vehicles, so the Fred Adams team installed PaveTech's PaveEdge Industrial edging restraint.


Repaving the 23,000 square foot pathway took a crew of six people six months, completing the project in February 2014. As this is the main throughway for the University's 28,000 students and 5,000 staff, the team had tight working quarters to accommodate heavy foot traffic while work was ongoing. Additionally, the single long walkway connects to several walkways across the campus. To meet ADA requirements, the Fred Adams team had to pull up areas of other existing walkways to reset the slope.


At 10' wide, the designated pedestrian portion of the path is composed of 'full range' colored pavers in a basket weave pattern. A 'dark accent' colored double stretcher course is used to separate pedestrians from bicyclists. The bricks throughout the project were installed over a filter fabric and 10" of compacted aggregate base.

The main challenges that the team encountered were the size of the space and meeting ADA requirements. Because the area is a main throughway for students walking to and from classes, the working quarters were tight to accommodate the student body of 28,000. The new, long walkway connects to many existing walkways, and some of those connections compelled the paving company to make adjustments to meet ADA slope requirements. According to project manager Mark Tiernan, "This required us to pull up large areas of existing walkways to reset the slope."

The rich tones of the pathway, which took six months and was completed in February 2014, complement the historic architecture of the surrounding mall and contribute to the collegiate atmosphere as it weaves past champion trees. The craftsmanship expressed in the project easily made the pathway into a campus icon that reinforces the East Carolina University brand.

As seen in LC/DBM magazine, September 2016.

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