By Jessica Wang
Cal Poly Pomona students will no longer be driven into madness while searching for parking come fall 2016: the construction of the new structure in Parking Lot K is well on its way to completion.
The construction, which began in summer 2014, is expected to be complete by its projected August date and within the $41 million budget.
The structure would ultimately serve the southern part of campus that houses buildings in the area of the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex, Bronco Student Center, Kellogg Gym and various athletic fields.
Michael Biagi, director of Parking and Transportation Services, said that there have been no obstacles due to the great team of project managers from the facilities division.
“I’m happy to report that the project is on budget and on time, which is what a parking manager dreams of when they want to build a parking structure,” said Biagi.
According to Biagi, the structure will accommodate 1,825 spaces for cars, 24 electric vehicle charging stations and 96 bicycles that will be housed in two card-access controlled rooms to secure safety.
The overall goal is to maintain the rustic, agricultural feel of the campus.
“We’ve all been to places where there are just parking garage after parking garage, and it doesn’t feel like [how] we want this place to feel,” said Biagi.
“That’s one of the beauties of this parking structure: the architecture and the configuration is very low and [will] minimally impact the views from iPoly High School, from AGRIscapes across the street [or] from the [John T.] Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies,” added Biagi. “It won’t even look like there’s a parking structure there.”
Additionally, the lower level of the structure will be underground but equipped with natural light and ventilation. The second level will be street level, and the third level will meet University Drive as it comes up from Temple Avenue.
“It’ll feel very much like a surface-level parking lot [while also providing] a number of spaces, so it’s like the best of both worlds,” said Biagi.
Biagi added that there have been a series of off-site improvements associated with the new structure that have also been carefully thought out, such as the current construction of a second right-turn lane at the intersection of Temple Avenue and South Campus Drive and a second left-turn lane on the intersection of Temple Avenue and University Drive.
This will accommodate the additional traffic to get into the new parking structure.
Bruyn Bevans, senior project manager of Facilities Design and Construction, manages the
parking structure project and said that the overall process is about 75 percent complete.
The objective was to create an unobtrusive, state-of-the-art structure. Bevans said that the structure will also contain 700 kilowatts of solar power in addition to Wi-Fi connection.
“This was a lot of work and coordination with a lot of agencies,” said Bevans.
Both Bevans and Biagi detailed plans to make accessibility of the structure more seamless.
“We are exploring a parking guidance system that would provide information to students on which parking lots had spaces available,” said Biagi.
“This information would be communicated through dynamic signs mounted near parking lot entrances and potentially with a link to our university smartphone app,” added Biagi. “We are in the development and discussion phase of this project.”
Additionally, the off-site roadwork improvements have a projected completion date of June 2016 before graduation.
Elizabeth Portillo, a fourth-year marketing student, shared insights on the new parking structure and said that she usually parks in Parking Lot U near the University Village to avoid the chaos of finding a spot.
“I mean just by physically looking at it, it looks like a small parking structure, and it’s like why make a small parking structure?” said Portillo. “I feel like [parking is] always going to be an issue just because we’re a commuter school.”
Elaine Deleon / The Poly Post
Parking structure update
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