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NAU parking garage for 1,400 cars to cost $30 million

The Arizona Board of Regents approved two new construction projects for Northern Arizona University Thursday.
The regents, meeting in Flagstaff, approved a new parking garage on San Francisco Street. Work is scheduled to begin in September and be complete in August 2012.

The $30 million, six-story garage, between the bookstore and Sechrist Hall, will accommodate about 1,400 cars. University officials had considered private financing for the structure but determined that the university could save $1.6 million to $6 million by funding the project through bonding instead.

The university has said the garage would generate enough money in parking permits and fees to support debt service interest (paid for with auxiliary funds) and maintenance and operations costs.

The top deck will feature a snow and ice melting system to maximize the garage's use during the winter. Electric vehicle charging stations will be installed and solar panels for the top deck are being considered. The Fronske health center will be demolished to make room for the garage, with the clinic relocating to the soon-to-be completed Health and Learning Center nearby.

The project works out to about $16,155 per parking stall in construction costs - $1,765 more per stall than the 344-space Conference Center garage and $1,073 less per stall than in the 721-space Riordan garage.

According to a memo to the Regents, the garage will address desires to concentrate parking near campus "gateways" to allow more green space, and to simplify the current patchy layout of about 65 acres in surface parking.

Ardrey Auditorium was also approved for $7.5 million in repairs, to be paid for with university funds.

This buys the 39-year-old performance center a new roof, flooring, seating, elevator and paint, lighting renovations. It also addresses egress and accessibility issues like the steep main entry ramp. Work should be complete by fall 2012.
Northern Arizona University
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