Cruz Plaza, named for the Cruz family of Puerto Rico, will transform the appearance of the central part of Mercer's Macon campus from the University Center to the historic Quad and from Greek Village past Tarver Library. Milton L. Cruz, a 1982 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and chairman, president and CEO of Medholdings Inc., along with his wife, Aileen Rosso, and his father Juan L. Cruz Rosario and sister Zoraida Cruz Torres – both of whom are also Mercer graduates – provided the lead gift for the project. Construction is expected to be completed next August.
The Plaza, designed by the Atlanta landscape architecture firm HGOR, will include new seating and gathering areas, a prominent water feature and major landscaping improvements. It will incorporate major new gateways to the interior of campus around Tarver Library, the University Center and Connell Student Center, incorporating the current Porter Patch and W.G. Lee Park.
"Mercer is deeply grateful to the Cruz family for enabling the University to proceed with this major project that will further improve the aesthetics of our Macon campus," President William D. Underwood said. "Mercer's reputation for having one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country will only be enhanced by these improvements that will encourage and facilitate interaction between students, faculty and staff. It will accentuate what has become the central crossroads of campus."