As construction begins soon 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 on the Huntington campus, according to James E. Terry, director of public safety.
“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, 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.”
Tailgaters could move to the general lot across Commerce Avenue, the lot on the west side of the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories, or a lot on the south side of Sixth Avenue.
Construction on the $50 million facility is expected to take 28 months, meaning it is projected to open in early 2015.
In addition, MU’s new Sixth Avenue parking facility became fully operational at 7 a.m. today (Wednesday, Oct. 17), according to Terry.
The 411-space garage has been open since the start of the fall semester, but not fully operational because of what Terry called “unexpected technical issues” that have since been resolved.
Hours of operation will be from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and entry will be from the 6th Avenue entrance. The entrance at the 5-1/2 alley will be closed. Because overnight parking is prohibited, all vehicles must be removed by 11 p.m. The facility is closed and secured from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Weekend hours will be based on need and special events.
The fee for parking in the facility is 50 cents an hour, cash only, and will be collected when the driver leaves the facility. The lost ticket fee is $5.