CSU, Chico News

Parking Structure Work Begun

Date: 08-16-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Work has begun on California State University, Chico’s Normal Avenue Parking Structure project, with an estimated completion date of September 2012.

The project, located at 2nd Street and Normal Avenue, was able to begin earlier than originally planned to minimize the construction impact. It will take place during one academic year rather than parts of two academic years as initially planned.

Demolition on the site is currently taking place to prepare the ground for construction, which is slated to begin in September. The contractor for the project is Sacramento-based Otto Construction, which also built the Gateway Science Museum and Wildcat Recreation Center on the CSU, Chico campus.

The parking structure will be three stories (four levels of parking) with 359 automobile parking spaces, 11 motorcycle stalls and 242 bicycle parking stalls. The prior surface parking area at 2nd Street and Normal Avenue offered 100 parking spaces. Due to an excellent construction climate the budget for the project is under the previously estimated $14.2 million.

In an effort to minimize the visual impact of the parking structure along 2nd Street, the project includes a single-story administrative building facing 2nd Street. It will house CSU, Chico’s University Police Department, Environmental Health and Safety Department and a small information center. The University Police Department and University Box Office, located in Yuba Hall, have been scheduled to relocate for several years to make way for the new arts and humanities building. The Box Office is considering several locations on campus for their new home.

While there will be no parking available at 2nd Street and Normal Avenue during construction of the new parking structure, CSU, Chico has renewed a lease with the Chico Unified School District for use of the parking lot at Sacramento Avenue and Warner Street. This lot will add 270 parking spaces overall for campus parking.

The parking structure will contain up to 10 charging stations for owners of vehicles with rechargeable batteries. The energy for the charging stations and the office complex will be generated by solar photovoltaics on the fourth level of the structure. The building will also have energy-saving lights that dim when no motion is detected. The office complex and parking structure will be LEED certified and designed to a silver, or possibly gold, rating.