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Archive for Saturday, May 15, 1999

KU TO BEGIN PARKING GARAGE CONSTRUCTION

May 15, 1999

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Parking for KU football games and visits to KU's student union, museums and alumni association office will get easier in August 2000 with completion of a new campus garage.

Construction at Kansas University is expected to begin around June 1 on a much-anticipated parking garage north of the Kansas Union, KU officials say.

A $7.5 million construction contract has been awarded to Law Construction of Wichita to build the university's second parking garage. The total cost of the project is expected to be slightly under the projected budget of $10 million.

Motorists are expected to gain access to the 818-space garage in August 2000, said Jim Long, an associate provost at KU.

"I believe the addition of 800 new parking spaces will greatly improve access to campus," Long said. "This new parking facility is well-suited to serve students, faculty, staff and visitors at the north end of the campus."

The existing garage next to Allen Fieldhouse opened in 1989. KU officials have been discussing construction of a second garage for more than half a decade.

The university hired George Butler and Associates to design the new facility. The firm chose brick facing and incorporated red roofs on the elevator tower to meet KU's objective of integrating the garage with buildings elsewhere on campus.

The garage will have entrances on Mississippi Street and Oread Avenue.

No name for the garage has been announced, but the facility will be paid for through user fees, said Don Kearns, parking services director. With the garage's construction, more than 500 meters will be removed from campus parking lots.

On the downside, Kearns said, a current staff and visitor lot on Oread Avenue will be taken out of service during construction of the new garage, Kearns said. It will be used for construction equipment and material storage. The new garage will consume a portion of the lot and the remainder will become a landscaped green space.

-- Tim Carpenter's phone message number is 832-7155. His e-mail address is tcarpenter@ljworld.com.

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