Mercer University Cruz Plaza

Mercer University Cruz Plaza

For future generations of Mercerians, Cruz Plaza will be the center of their college experience. It is a place where Mercerians will study, will socialize, and will play. Mercerians will return again and again to this special place, to relive cherished memories.
— William D. Underwood, Mercer University President

Mercer University wanted to redefine its central campus quad and green space as more inviting, inclusive and integrated. HGOR was tapped to create a comprehensive master open space plan to guide future exterior development. As the visual center of campus, the timeless, understated design emphasizes a sense of arrival, and provides a flexibility activity space for student life. Elements include fountains, brick walkways, gathering and seating spaces, significant landscaping improvements and a prominent water feature. In addition, a 2,200-pound bronze bear statue has been relocated, becoming a focal point of the Plaza’s design.


  • American Society of Landscape Architects - Georgia Chapter, Merit Award, 2016

LocationMacon, Georgia
Year Completed2014
Size10 acres
Design TeamTodd Fuller