More Campus Housing on the Way; Parking Lot I to Close

Posted: March 16, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: March 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm

By Dave Andrews

The campus growing pains will soon hit yet another parking lot. On Friday, March 19, the Lot I will close to allow for construction to begin on the next housing project, Housing 8.

That means all 325 Lot I reserved permit holders will need to find somewhere else to park. Most will likely relocate to Rappahannock River Parking Deck, where there are currently 500 permit spaces available.

Parking Services is offering Lot I permit holders the upgrade to Rappahannock Deck spaces for free for the remainder of the semester. Permit holders also have the option to take a regular surface lot permit and receive a refund for the price difference.

“Nearly every construction project on campus affects parking to some degree,” says Josh Cantor, director of Parking and Transportation.

“In this case, one of our smallest lots will be permanently eliminated. But, thankfully, we have the new deck that gives us the extra parking spaces we need as the campus continues to grow.”

Construction was originally anticipated to begin this summer. However, the contract for the project was awarded to Balfour Beatty earlier than expected. As a result, the construction schedule was moved up to fit completion timelines.

The project will be virtually identical to the recently completed Eastern Shore and Hampton Roads residence halls (formerly known as Housing 7C). Housing 8 will add another 600 beds to campus and have many of the same amenities as other new student housing projects. And like 7C, Housing 8 will meet the requirements to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified.

The first phase of the project will also include the reconfiguration of a portion of Parking Lot H. Occoquan River Lane will be fenced off and an alternate road will be created. Throughout the spring and summer, much of the work will consist of relocating the underground electrical and telecommunications duct bank and setting the building foundations.

Patriot Circle will be significantly impacted periodically during the project. Road closures are imminent, though specific dates and times have yet to be determined.

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