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Parking Garage West

Rendering of new parking garage, which will house up to 1,400 parking spaces on eight levels

In late 2016, UMass Boston began construction on its first free-standing parking garage, located on Master Plan Site PW along University Drive West. The 500,000 square foot precast concrete structure will provide parking on eight levels, while the facade will be enhanced by colorful metal elements facing the campus and the community. The approximately 1,400 parking spaces will include dedicated spaces for carpoolers, electric vehicles and persons with disabilities. A high capacity indoor bicycle storage room will be located on the ground floor.

The flow of traffic within and around the garage is being designed to handle the university’s morning and evening peak commuter traffic. The layout will include three vehicular entrances and exits, with two elevator-and-stair cores for pedestrians. Vehicle exits will be streamlined with parking transactions being validated via pay-on-foot machines located throughout the garage.

Construction on the garage is anticipated to last approximately one year, with its opening anticipated during the spring 2018 semester. The $71 million project is being funded by the UMass Building Authority, designed by Fennick McCredie Architecture, and constructed by Suffolk Construction. The owner’s project manager is Skanska.

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