Parking garage opens
After suffering multiple construction delays relating to inclement weather and issues obtaining necessary building materials, the university announced Friday that the parking garage will open for student parking Monday.
The parking garage behind Warf-Pickel Hall, which has been under construction since summer 2012, will officially open for student parking Monday.
Approximately 1,200 additional parking spaces will be available.
A digital board located at the front of the garage will use sensors to count the number of available parking spaces on each level.
"In addition to the garage being finished, there are some food services and several office spaces, and that will soon be opening in the facility," said Joe Smith, executive assistant to the president for university relations.
The only finalized food service is Subway, but the possibility remains open for the presence of new campus food options. Food service options and office spaces that will be housed in the parking garage will be opening either later in the summer or early fall.
The office spaces have been made available for Public Safety and the campus Welcome Center.
The garage's location and the inclusion of a welcome center also present opportunities for increased student recruitment.
"We've really changed the look of that campus entrance," Smith said. "When we have prospective students coming for tours they'll be able to find the garage easily, get parking there, and have immediate access to the Welcome Center."
Most of the facility's delays were due to inclement weather. Precipitation during the summer and fall made construction difficult, and the university was forced to postpone the garage's opening.
The garage is the most recent accomplishment in a line of significant campus construction projects.
"Lately we've seen Centennial Hall reach completion, we've seen a number of renovations done to buildings like Nick's Hall, we've seen the expansion of the CPA, so this is definitely one of the largest projects in recent years to take place on campus," Smith said.
Ultimately, the garage represents a longstanding desire to increase university visibility and enrollment.
"Dr. Noland envisions ETSU reaching an enrollment of 18,000 by the end of the decade," Smith said. "So, I think this garage is as much about today as it is about the future."
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