UCCS breaks ground on parking structure/athletic field

March 6, 2013  - By

Mortenson Construction began construction two weeks ago on the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) parking structure located on Stanton Street on campus.

The project, valued at $21 million, is a 1,230-stall, cast-in-place structure that includes an athletic field on the top level. Mortenson is leading a design-build team that includes Davis Partnership, Martin/Martin, ME Engineers and Parking Consultants, LLC.

The project is unique in that it will be built into the side of an existing hill that leads to an arroyo, which will be protected and preserved. Pedestrians will be able to enter the field on the high side of the structure from Stanton Street, and the parking will be located on the four levels below. Retaining walls will create an area of natural ventilation, eliminating the need for exhaust fans. Additional sustainable features include LED lighting, occupancy and daylight sensors. Synthetic turf will eliminate the need to water and fertilize the field. The garage is designed to act as an inviting gateway into the west campus and will provide parking for students living on campus and users of the recreational center. The project will also provide an outdoor gathering space adjacent to the field.

The structure is scheduled for completion in March 2014.

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