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Wednesday September 19th, 2012

Posted at 10:30am

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Construction tasked with ending parking woes at the University of Windsor campus is in full swing. Newton Parking Structures Ltd is building a seven-level parking garage and adjoining Innovation Centre and work to bring the structure above ground has been in progress since July.

Originally announced last December, preliminary work commenced on the project in May and construction crews have so far drilled piles into bedrock for the footing of the building and have started building the concrete foundation.

The parking garage will consist of 1,055 spaces and displaced an existing Faculty and Staff surface lot. Two separate buildings will be constructed as part of the complex and will be connected by a second-storey pedestrian bridge from the Innovation Centre to the parking structure.

The Innovation Centre will front Wyandotte West and will become the new home of Campus Community Police, Parking Services and other campus services. The University plans to centralize some of the existing surface lots on campus into the new parking structure, making the campus a much friendlier pedestrian area.

The new parking garage will add approximately 300 spaces to campus and will bring the total amount of parking spots available up to 3,000.

Both buildings are planned to be completed by Summer 2013.

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