FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 15, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – As construction begins soon at Marshall University on the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex, a 145,000 square-foot, 480-foot long facility, parking adjustments will be necessary for MU students, faculty and staff, James E. Terry, MU’s director of public safety, said today.
“For more than two years, we’ve been planning for the relocation of parking spaces that will be lost due to the construction of the Weisberg Engineering Complex,” Terry said. “That’s why we built the 6th Avenue Parking Facility before this construction begins.
“Often, with progress comes some inconvenience. We ask for understanding and patience as our community has to alter their campus parking habits. While a construction project of this magnitude will change the face of our campus, we do have enough parking locations to accommodate our students, faculty, staff and visitors.”
In all, about 150 spaces on F Lots between the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories and the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center on the north side of Third Avenue will be closed beginning the evening of this Friday, Oct. 19. Also, the first five rows of spaces at the east end of the general lot on the north side of Commerce Avenue – formerly home to Weiler Steel – will be used for staging during construction, leaving 250 spots open on that lot.
Terry said other parking options include the new 411-space parking garage on 6th Avenue where people can park for 50 cents an hour. Employees, if they wish, can pay $40 a month to park in the garage. The west lot at Joan C. Edwards Stadium can be used, or people may upgrade their permits and park in the Third Avenue garage across from Cam Henderson Center.
Thundering Herd fans have been tailgating for years on the F Lots before Marshall football games. They, too, will be asked to find a new home to tailgate. Marshall has three home games remaining this season: Oct. 27 vs. Central Florida, Nov. 3 vs. Memphis and Nov. 17 vs. Houston, all Saturdays.
“We understand the importance of this new facility, and that a lot of people will need to alter their game-day routines in the name of progress,” said Mike Hamrick, Marshall’s Director of Athletics. “But, we have the greatest fans in the country. If they want to continue tailgating, I’m sure they’ll seek out and find a new place somewhere in the vicinity of the stadium. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation.”
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Construction on the $50 million facility is expected to take 28 months, meaning it is projected to open in early 2015.