The construction of a new
parking structure in lot T during the
summer of 2016 has been stirring up
discussion across campus.
Carl Rasmussen, the director
of facilities planning and space
management, was able to provide
many of the planning details.
The new structure will most
likely be built in place of the current
lot T behind Pray-Sims hall.
“It will provide replacement
parking for the lost meter space in lot
X,” Rasmussen said.
The structure will most likely
take nine to 12 months to construct
and will be completed in the summer
Lot X currently contains 342
metered spaces. It has not been
decided whether to build a three
or four level structure. A three-level
structure would have 431 spaces and
a four-level garage would have 594
spaces.“The three-level garage will be
131 spaces short from what is present
now in lot X and T,” Rasmussen said.
“The four-level garage will provide a
32 space increase.”
A three-level structure would
cost $9.5 million and the four-level
would cost $12.3 million. The cost
will be covered directly by those who
use the parking lots because no state
money is used for any on campus
Marissa Harfert, a student who
commutes a half hour each day from
Wausau, said she uses lot X because
it is close to her classes.
“I do not think there will be
enough space there and I think it
will get very confusing and more
inconvenient having some many
people trying to park in and out of
all the layers in this new garage,”
Not only is there student
controversy about how much
parking space will be provided, but
many worry about the location and
the convenience of the new parking structure.
“The location of the new parking lot would be further away from
classes making it more inconvenient,”
Student Stefani Strom lives in
Stevens Point, but uses lot X if the
weather is bad or if she has to drive
to work after class.
Strom takes advantage of the
location of lot X and isn’t fond of the
new location for the structure as a
“I think it should be located closer
to campus like in the lot by the library
or natural resources building,” Strom
said. “A lot of people drive to class
so they don’t need to walk or bike
The needs of this new structure
would mainly be to provide parking
for events at the Dreyfus University
Center and the Health Enhancement
Center. However, moving the
structure farther from academic
buildings would not fulfil its needs.
Rasmussen spoke at the Student
Government Association meeting held on Thursday, Oct. 24. At the
meeting he went over every location
considered for the parking structure.
Lot T was the only one without
conflicting interests and had the least
amount of construction problems.
The lot is also close to the HEC
and the DUC which are the two
buildings closely affected by campus
related events in need of parking
As of now, both lot X and lot T
are metered and plans have been
discussed for what the new parking
structure would be.
“The current configuration is one
level devoted to staff parking and
the rest would be metered,” said
Harfert wants the garage to
contain parking meters because that
is what students are accustomed to,
while other students, such as Strom,
think that the garage should offer
metered spaces as well as spots of
students with parking passes.