KSU opens new Central Parking Deck
A new eight−story Central Parking Deck that adds nearly 2‚700 parking spaces for KSU students‚ staff and faculty officially opened Aug. 14‚ with a ceremonial ribbon−cutting and “parking of the first car” by Student Government Association President Punit Patel.(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)
(Aug 14, 2008) — A new eight−story Central Parking Deck that adds nearly 2‚700 parking spaces for KSU
students‚ staff and faculty officially opened Aug. 14‚ with a ceremonial ribbon−cutting
and “parking of the first car” by Student Government Association President Punit Patel.
KSU President Daniel S. Papp called the opening of the deck a “truly momentous occasion. “It’s a magnificent structure‚ and it will eliminate parking problems on campus for at least two or three years.”
“This is an exciting day for KSU‚” said Patel‚ a senior marketing and legal services major. “It shows the growth the school is facing. For students‚ it will relieve a lot of the stress of always trying to find a spot close to their buildings. Like its name says‚ the deck is really ‘central’ to almost every building on campus.”
The duo−toned brick structure is the largest parking deck on campus and larger than any parking facility begun in the state in 2007‚ according to Jim Stewart‚ who managed the building project for Choate Construction.
The new deck increases KSU’s parking capacity to 10‚000‚ including about 500 spaces used for visitors‚ handicap access and reserved parking. Gary Dalton‚ assistant director of auxiliary services‚ estimates that the new deck results in a net increase of 1850 parking spaces‚ since 960 spaces have been lost to construction underway across campus. The campus now accommodates parking for 6‚500 commuter students; 3‚000 residential students and 1‚000 faculty and staff.
“The net gain will more than offset the need for more parking as a result of increased enrollment over the next several years‚” Dalton said. “We estimate that the highest number of students in class at any hour is 4‚500. The commuter availability far exceeds that now.
Papp and John Anderson‚ assistant vice president for facilities services‚ recognized those who have made a substantial contribution to the new deck project. Among them are the KSU Foundation‚ which backed the bonds used to finance the project; Choate Construction‚ builder; Praxis3‚ designers; Lanier Parking‚ deck operators; KSU’s auxiliary services department‚ which oversees parking‚ and the Campus Parking Committee.
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