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Construction on the McNeese State University parking garage is right on schedule, according to campus spokeswoman Candace Townsend. The facility is expected to be complete in March. (Rick Hickman / American Press)<br>

Construction on the McNeese State University parking garage is right on schedule, according to campus spokeswoman Candace Townsend. The facility is expected to be complete in March. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

McNeese parking garage to open in March

Last Modified: Monday, January 28, 2013 10:19 AM

By Jordan Gribble / Special to the American Press

The parking garage being constructed on the campus of McNeese State University is on schedule for its March opening, despite losing several workdays to rain.

The garage’s exterior, which is composed of pre-built modular components, is expected to be completed in a few weeks, with the garage’s interior components to follow.

“We are looking at a March completion for the parking garage. The exterior work should be completed in a few weeks then they have to run the electrical lines and install storm drainage,” McNeese spokeswoman, Candace Townsend said. “Once the exterior is complete and the electrical system is installed then they will work on the lighting, security systems, counting system, railings, elevators and signage.”

The garage’s construction will include two elevators, and slightly elevated crosswalks from the garage stretching to the opposite side of the road near the university’s recreational complex according to ADA guidelines.

Security for the complex will include high-grade, high-resolution security cameras covering all vehicular and pedestrian entrances, stairwells and parking areas, as well as emergency call stations on each level and a speaker system to broadcast campus emergency announcements.

“The garage will be patrolled by McNeese police and the security cameras can be checked periodically directly from McNeese police,” Townsend said.

The structure will initially accommodate 880 vehicles on three levels, with an option of installing a fourth level, and will have five vehicular exits, none of which will exit directly onto Common Street.

“The university’s engineers and traffic specialist contracted for the design are currently performing further review of traffic patterns to hopefully help avoid traffic congestion on the surrounding streets,” Townsend said.

Easing the impact of traffic congestion in the area even further will be the digital counter at the mouth of the garage that will keep students from having to guess whether or not parking spaces are available.

“There will also be a vehicle counting system that will keep track of how many vehicles enter and leave the garage. It will electronically display the available spaces on each level to reduce the amount of unnecessary ‘trolling’ for empty spots. There will be signage near the Common Street entrances that will indicate whether the garage is full or open,” Townsend said.

Posted By: Waiting for Answers and Response On: 1/29/2013

Title: Reply to "Comment"

To Comment - I don't recall saying anything about Louisiana Taxpayers in my original statement. In fact. my statement had to do with students footing the bill for a parking garage; some of whom will have never--or will never get a chance to use it. It is "WE" the students who foot the bill on the garage, and not "YOU" the presumed taxpayer. And as for as Education goes, I hardly doubt that you've payed one cent of my education.
On the other hand, maybe you can use your taxpayer influence to answer the real questions in my first comment.

On the other hand, maybe you can use your taxpayer influence to answer the real questions in my first comment. " />

Posted By: Jimmy On: 1/28/2013

Title: Comment

Louisiana taxpayers send a lot of hard earned money to McNeese each year to help "pay" for your education.

Posted By: Waiting for Answers and Responses On: 1/28/2013

Title: Questions and Comment

1. The parking garage will be utilized solely by and for students, right. That is given we're the ones paying for it. 2. The garage will have security cameras as an "after the fact" in case of a crime, right? Because as the article confirms the McNeese Police Department (aka. University Gustapo) will only by "checked periodically". Hence the cameras are not for security in real time, rather to review something that already occurred. 3. What is the plan of action for those individuals parking their vehicle in the garage as if it were the garage at their house? 4. Their should be some type of "smart ID" that in fact allows ONLY students to utilize the garage; that is once again given than we the students are paying for it.

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