The Normal Avenue Parking Structure will provide a central location for campus safety operations in August 2012.

Campus Gateway

The Normal Avenue Parking Structure on the south side of campus is slated for completion August 2012. It will provide parking for 356 vehicles, alleviating some of the parking difficulties experienced downtown and in the neighborhoods surrounding campus.

The structure will include charging stations for 10 electric vehicles, 10 covered motorcycle and scooter parking spots, and 244 bicycle parking stalls. The building is constructed to LEED standards, with eco-friendly features including a solar array that will provide for the entire complex's energy needs during the day, the use of fly ash in concrete, a state-of-the-art dimmer mechanism in the garage, cool roofs, and storm water diversion into drought-tolerant landscaping.

The structure will also house the University Police Department, Environmental Health and Safety, a new Emergency Operations Center, and the Information Center—moving all the entities focused specifically on campus safety into one central location. “This will create a strong synergy between these departments, making campus that much safer,” says Vice President for Business and Finance Lori Hoffman, adding that the parking complex “also provides a true gateway to campus.”

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