New Fairfax Campus Parking Deck to Open in August

Posted: April 14, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

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If it takes nearly two years to build a parking deck, you know it’s going to be huge. Such is the case with the Rappahannock Parking Deck on the north end of the Fairfax Campus off of University Drive.

Construction of the 2,600-space deck began in October 2007. Several on-campus parking lots have been displaced by the construction of new student housing projects and academic buildings. Rappahannock Deck compensates for the lost spaces and adds hundreds more.

Aerial view of new parking deck
Aerial view of the new parking deck with new student housing in the foreground.
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Most of the structure is in now in place, and after final touches are complete, the deck will be fully operational by late August. The deck will provide general parking for students and visitors, as well as reserved levels for faculty, staff and students.

Rappahannock Deck is very similar in appearance and operation to Sandy Creek Parking Deck, but with twice the capacity.

The original plan called for two smaller decks to be built, having one open first while the second was being built. But by building one large deck all at once, Mason Facilities Management estimates the university saved $3 million in construction costs.

Having this large, accessible deck conveniently located at the campus’ entrance will greatly reduce the traffic on Patriot Circle. Five entrance/exit locations were designed specifically to ease congestion. Two access points will be along the deck’s north side, and three will be along the south side.

The project also includes a two-story building that will be the Public Safety Office’s new home. Approximately 16,000 square feet will house both University Police headquarters and the Safety Office.

Aerial view of parking deck
Aerial view of the new Rappahannock Parking Deck. The new Public Safety Building is at left.
Facilities Management photo

The spur road that was built in early 2008 as an alternate route around the construction zone will stay in place and be renamed University Drive once Rappahannock Deck is complete. The portion of Patriot Circle between the deck and the rest of campus will reopen, but it is expected to be used only in a limited capacity because of the large number of pedestrian walkways.

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