Construction will begin next Tuesday, December 27 on UMass Boston’s first free-standing parking garage with test pile driving taking place through January 6, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
The construction site, located along University Drive West near the Monan Park baseball field, is being prepared, including crews assembling equipment and fences.
The test pile driving will determine load-bearing capacity necessary to prepare for the February and March placement of more than 300 piles that will support the building's foundation.
Vibration monitoring will take place during pile driving. Soil management procedures will adhere to monitoring plans developed with Environmental Health and Safety and the Department of Environmental Protection. The garage is targeted to open in approximately one year.
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The 500,000-square-foot garage will house up to 1,400 parking spaces on eight levels, including dedicated spaces for carpoolers, electric vehicles, and persons with disabilities. A high capacity indoor bicycle storage room will be located on the ground floor. Design details are being finalized on the façade, which will be enhanced with colorful elements.
The garage is designed to handle peak commuter traffic during morning and evening hours. The layout will include three vehicular entrances and exits, two pairs of elevators and three stairs for pedestrians. Traffic at garage exits will move more quickly thanks to the introduction of validation via pay-on-foot machines, with payments collected before drivers enter their vehicles. Electronic smart signs will notify drivers of available parking on different levels.
The UMass Building Authority is funding the $71 million project, which is designed by Fennick McCredie Architecture and is being constructed by Suffolk Construction. The owner’s project manager is Skanska.
Other elements of the project currently being designed will go before the Board of Trustees for approval after the new year. These include a pedestrian bridge for the garage, a new space in a separate building for the Department of Public Safety, and amenities to support the nearby athletics facilities.