Parking Facility Opens Nov. 12
November 11, 2003 --
The long-anticipated opening of the 1,200-space Emmet/Ivy
Parking Garage will take place Nov. 12 at 5:30 a.m.
long, low-slung garage, is set on 4.5 acres in a natural, woodland
landscape that resembles a park more than a city center for cars.
project’s budget included $1.5 million for site work,
including extensive landscaping. The main entranceway on Ivy
Road is lined by a curving rock wall, and a stream — which
construction workers report is already home to minnows and
frogs — flows
through stands of trees and what will be a native-grass and
wildflower meadow between the garage and Ivy Road. The stream
is part of
a cutting-edge regional storm-water management system that
a detention basin to hold backed-up water during heavy downpours,
then gradually release it as the rain slackens.
Maulding, project manager for the garage’s chief contractor,
Donley’s Inc. of Cleveland, and a veteran of 23 garage
projects, ranks the facility among the top five that he has
worked on, due
to its design and setting.
garage’s location, design
and impact on local traffic patterns were the objects of
great concern from nearby city residents.
In the end, the site’s neighbors served on a committee
with University and Charlottesville representatives to formally
their input. The result of the process was an improved design,
said Leonard W. Sandridge, U.Va.’s executive vice president
and chief operating officer.
people worked relentlessly to design and construct a garage that
is attractive, safe and sensitive to the concerns
of our neighbors,” he
said. “We believe that we have achieved that objective.”
$15.75 million project took just 14 months to complete.
The five-level garage replaces surface parking lost
to the John Paul
Jones Arena project on Massie Road, and will
provide parking for football and basketball games and
other major University events. At all other times,
will be by permit only. As of Monday, more than 780 “Zip
Tags” — rearview mirror-mounted transponders
that will raise the garage’s gates — had
been issued to permit-holders, who include U.Va. faculty,
staff and students.
Wednesday, University Transit Service will
provide regular bus transportation to Central Grounds
and the Health
via the Blue and Green routes and the Central Grounds
Shuttle. A permanent shelter, located immediately
outside the building,
provides cover for commuters as they await buses.
garage’s opening will also trigger the closing of the
remaining spaces in the North Massie Road lot,
effective Nov. 15, to facilitate arena construction.
main entrance is off of Ivy Road via a traffic signal-controlled
intersection. Motorists may also enter from and
exit onto Emmet Street, although those exiting
the facility will not be permitted to turn left onto Emmet.
the traffic signals at the Ivy Road garage entrance; the intersection
of Emmet Street,
Avenue; and the intersection of Ivy and Copeley
and Alderman roads
will be hand-calibrated to improve traffic
flow. By Nov. 28, University
and city officials hope to have signals at
nine nearby intersections computer synchronized, and
of Charlottesville has
plans to synchronize signals citywide by spring.
The University contributed
approximately $40,000 toward the $250,000 cost
of a software package to accomplish that feat.
the project manager, lauded the city’s efficiency
in responding to inquiries and called the
cooperation between the city and University “excellent.
Not pretty good — it’s
been excellent. And it doesn’t always
happen that way. You just don’t run
structure has a more open, airy feel than most parking facilities,
more natural light
and affording panoramic views, particularly
from the facility’s
upper floors. There are also three glass
elevators and three glass-enclosed stairwells.
In response to neighbors’ concerns,
the interior lighting is specially designed
to minimize spillover into adjacent
neighborhoods at night.
Six “blue-light” emergency
phones on each level connect directly
to the University Police, who can pinpoint
exact location. There are 23 handicapped-access
parking spaces on the bottom floor and
two more just outside the garage. The
maximum clearance for vehicles heading
to the upper
floors is posted at
7 feet, 2 inches.
of the structure was built of pre-cast concrete — 1,040
pieces fashioned in Petersburg, then
hauled in 640 truckloads to the site,
where they were assembled in just four
pre-cast concrete, rather then the
more time-consuming cast-in-place method,
saved six to eight months of construction
master plan includes the possibility
of erecting student housing between
the garage and Ivy Road, but no firm
plans are in place.
and basketball game operations
parking facility will be available to ticket-holders on a first-come,
first-served basis for all
home football and
games. Regular permit-holders
will not be asked to relocate
garage will open three hours before kickoff for football
with the Nov.
22 game against
Tech, and non-permit-holders
must leave by two hours after
the game. Non-permit-holders
$10 per game.
basketball games, the garage will open 90 minutes prior
to tip-off and
will be charged a
$5 fee per game.
both football and basketball games, exiting traffic will
be routed west on
Ivy Road. Cones
a left turn
on Cameron Road.
Dan Heuchert, (434) 924-7676