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Park place: The new parking garage, located off College Avenue, can hold more than 500 vehicles. Photo by Mark McCarty

Construction Update

Garage Doors Open!

A new era dawned on the Rensselaer campus this semester, when the new parking garage opened for operation. The garage is the first major component of the university’s $255 million South Campus Development Project to be completed.

Located on College Avenue just west of the intersection with 15th Street, the precast concrete and brick garage was designed by the Desman Associates and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson architectural firms and built by the McCarthy Builders company.

Rensselaer also completed more than $3 million in infrastructure improvements on the public streets leading to the parking garage. These improvements included the reconstruction of parts of College Avenue and 15th Street. In addition, new streetlights, traffic lights, metered parking, storm and sanitary systems, and landscaping have been installed. A brick and limestone gateway will be erected at the intersection of College and 15th this spring.

The five-level, 500-car gated structure is accessible to Rensselaer faculty and staff with an electronic permit. It has a closed-circuit television security system, “Code Blue” campus emergency phones, and a glass-enclosed elevator and stairways.

The garage also will act as the primary parking facility for special events once Rensselaer’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) is open.

In April 2002, the City of Troy Planning Commission and the Troy Industrial Development Authority approved $220 million in tax-exempt bonds to help finance Rensselaer’s South Campus Development Project. In addition to the parking garage, the plans include the 218,000-square-foot Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, EMPAC, a boiler plant, a chiller plant, an underground substation, and related improvements to campus landscaping and infrastructure. The projects, totaling $255 million, were approved by Rensselaer’s Board of Trustees in 2001.

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Rensselaer Magazine: Spring 2004
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