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North Campus Garage on the Rise

Set to Open in September 2012

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This artist’s rendering of the North Campus Parking Garage currently under construction shows the east façade facing the athletic fields.

By Christine Dunlap

Construction on the long-awaited North Campus Parking Garage began in October. Located adjacent to the Riverside Parking Lot, this five-tier garage will add more than 550 parking spaces to the North Campus parking inventory.
The garage, which is slated to open in September 2012, will not only be a useful addition to the campus, but also an attractive one, with features not usually seen in such facilities. Restrooms will be provided on the ground level, for example, and enhanced pedestrian pathways will link the garage to the campus and outdoor athletic facilities.
Aluminum metal “fins” will screen the north and west façades, with terra cotta panels anchoring the corners. The exterior walkways and interior lobbies and parking areas will be well-lit and secure.

The east façade, facing the athletic fields, will be clad in metal panels enhanced with a pattern taken from a photo of the Merrimack River and will announce arrival onto North Campus for drivers on the VFW Highway.
Parkers will use a glass entry/stair tower to enter and exit the building, with canopy protection at the doorway. Cars will enter via a driveway on Sparks Street.

The University of Massachusetts Building Authority is UMass Lowell’s project partner, together with their project managers Joslin, Lesser + Associates. The architect is Bertaux + Iwerks Architects, and the construction manager is Barr & Barr.

 “As the University increases the supply of parking, we are also working hard to promote sustainability in our transportation policies, through new initiatives such as Zipcar car sharing, NuRides online ride matching and the Freewheelers bike share program,” says Beth Rubenstein, director of Campus Planning and Development. 

“We are also promoting use of our shuttle bus system for intercampus trips and encouraging the entire campus community to walk whenever possible. Over the coming years, we will be combining the right-sizing of parking supply with innovative ways to reduce auto trips to and around campus.”