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New MU parking garage to open Monday

Aug. 25, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The new $7 million, six-story parking garage at Marshall University will open for the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 27.

Parking in the new facility will be free for the first week, with paid parking starting Tuesday, Sept. 4. The garage has 411 spaces and two elevators, and payment will be 50 cents an hour for employees, students and guests. Employees also have the choice of paying a flat fee of $40 a month.

The surface lot beside the garage that was used for staging also will be back to full use with about 40 metered spaces.

"This new parking facility will help commuter students and guests on campus," said Jim Terry, director of Public Safety. "We are looking forward to implementing this kind of operation for the first time on our campus. We think a lot of people will take advantage of these new spaces."

The entrance to the garage on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be off John Marshall Drive and 51/2 Alley. Beginning on Thursday, the 30th, the main entrance on 6th Avenue will be open.

The garage will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday with no overnight parking. It will be closed on weekends, although that could change depending on demand.

The brightly-lit and energy-efficient facility has 50 cameras and 12 emergency phones.

It is one of many projects completed this summer -- some on campus, some off -- by Marshall University. Other projects include:

Extensive renovations to the Robert W. Coon Education Building at the Huntington VA Medical Center, now the home of Marshall's School of Pharmacy. The $8.9 million overhaul resulted in a technology-enabled learning environment and research facility. Classes started there Aug. 20.

Abatement and demolition of Veterans Memorial Field House on 5th Avenue to make room for a new Marshall soccer complex, which will open in 2013, at a cost of $616,000. Marshall's men's team will play most of its home matches this fall in Charleston and Hurricane, while the women will play home matches at Cabell Midland, Huntington and Hurricane high schools.

Renovating 40 classrooms in Corbly, Harris and Smith halls on the Huntington campus. Technology upgrades were made, new furniture, white boards and podiums were purchased, and many rooms were painted and received electrical upgrades. Total cost was $442,000.

Installation of a new sound system at Cam Henderson Center, home of Marshall men's and women's basketball and volleyball. The system was installed by Newtech Systems Inc., of Ashland, Ky., for $405,000 Alteration's were also made to the arena's ventilation system.

Replacement of multiple rooftop air-handling units and other work, such as replacing multiple exhaust fans, at Twin Towers residence halls for $741,000.

HVAC renovations at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center for $1,537,000.

Lobby renovations at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing in downtown Huntington for $165,000.

Various concrete replacement projects at Joan C. Edwards Stadium for $37,000.

Numerous other projects were completed, such as replacing the sidewalk at Gullickson Hall for $26,500 and converting the former auditorium on the second floor of Old Main to office space for $240,000.

Marshall's residence halls received an upgrade in wireless connectivity, HVAC units and carbon monoxide detectors.