Construction will begin next spring on a new parking garage to be located behind the Fields Engineering Center on the north side of campus, university spokesperson Kim Chaudoin said.

Set to provide approximately 300 parking spots, the new structure was announced at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

“We’ve known forever that parking is obviously a challenge on any university campus,” Chaudoin said. “This is part of a gift that was given earlier in the spring. A very generous donor, they were anonymous, gave a $22 million gift.”

“Part of the gift was for the College of Business, and part of that is also for the parking structure. So, we have the funding now, and we were able to move on some plans we have been wanting to move on for some time, and so we are really excited about that.”

It is unknown whether any of these spots will be reserved for faculty and staff. The exact date of breaking ground is not yet known.

“When they start construction, the little gravel lot that has about twenty spots will be the only thing impacted,” Chaudoin said.

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