Parking Structure Faces More Delays

By Miesha Payne-Reid

Cal Poly’s six-level parking structure was scheduled to open on
Sept. 21, but due to issues regarding elevator development and soil
conditions the facility’s new completion date remains unknown.

Sizable problems have caused delays in the completion of the
parking structure, according to Senior Project Manager Adele
Vanarsdale. Some of the issues included environmental concerns and
the redesign of a new drain system.

“The most significant includes the redesign of the elevator to
meet state requirements, while also maintaining a transparent
elevator to enhance student safety,” said Vanarsdale.

According to the Facilities Planning and Management Web site the
parking structure was 89 percent complete in September. The Cal
Poly facility has been under construction for 19 months.

A project of this magnitude typically takes about 18-20 months
to finish.

“Due to continued growth of student enrollment, parking has been
very difficult on the campus this quarter,” said Vanarsdale.

As a commuter school, available parking is a necessary component
for the university.

The construction of the facility has had minimal impact on the
faculty/staff parking lots, but significantly decreased
availability of student parking on campus.

“I have to park further out and come to school early,” said
Tracy Wong, a second-year philosophy student.

“The progress of the parking structure is slower than
anticipated, but will be a beneficial asset to the campus,” said
Wong.

The facility will alleviate parking concerns for many of the Cal
Poly students.

University administrators broke ground on the new parking
structure on Feb. 8, 2005. However, the physical start to one of
Cal Poly Pomona’s largest projects did not begin until Feb. 21.

The $37.6 million project will contain 2,438 stalls of parking.
The facility will be equipped with abundant lighting
throughout.

For safety purposes, every level of the structure will contain
security cameras, blue-light emergency phones and immediate access
out of the facility.

The project which was designed to provide parking for the entire
Cal Poly community has accommodations that provide accessible
parking for disabled individuals on the second level.

Miesha Payne-Reid can be reached by e-mail at
news@thepolypost.com or by phone at (909) 869-3747.

Parking Structure Faces More Delays

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