As Mississippi State University continues to grow, the university broke ground on a new parking lot Wednesday morning.
The $16 million lot will be built next to Howell Hall across from the Humphrey Coliseum, and will add 500 parking spaces to campus. Construction is scheduled to be complete by fall 2020, and is being undertaken by Amason and Associates from Tuscaloosa. The Tupelo-based McCarty Architects designed the structure.
MSU Director of Parking and Transit Services Jeremiah Dumas said the garage was part of a larger plan to increase the number of parking spaces on campus.
“Back about five years ago, we started a parking demand and capacity study where we, over a period of several weeks, looked at our current parking capacity, and then working with various departments on campus, looked at what we thought that forecasted demand would be over the next four or five years,” Dumas said.
He said the study found a need for approximately 500 new parking spaces on campus in the 2019-2020 timeframe, looking at trends in student and faculty population growth.
He said the garage would help with road infrastructure on campus, and could also serve as parking for events at The Hump and other venues in the vicinity.
The facility is the third in a line of parking facilities built on campus in recent years. These include the parking garage on the bottom floors of the Old Main Academic Center and a parking lot currently under construction at the corner of Barr Avenue and Bailey Howell Drive.
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