Since 2000, enrollment at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has exploded by 93%, driven in part by a significant graduate school program. Many of UTD’s graduate school students are defined as “non-traditional” and “non-full time,” which partly translates to mean “more mobile.” And, of course, all those students coming and going need places to park their vehicles. So when the university determined its new Bioengineering and Sciences Building would be located on the site of an existing parking lot, campus planners quickly realized the most space-efficient way to replace the lost parking area was to build a new five-level garage adjacent to the new science building.
The new Parking Structure Phase III provides more parking and other amenities on the north side of campus. Not only does the garage add 750 parking spaces on campus, the north and west sides of the garage’s first floor contain a total of 16,500 SF housing auxiliary office space, an Einstein Brothers Bagels, and shell space for other as yet undetermined services to help improve campus life for students, staff, faculty and visitors.
The garage is a cast-in-place, post-tension concrete structure with metal panel and stucco finishes along the exterior. The use of LED lights on the exterior helps reduce its energy consumption. And the use of native and adapted plants for landscape contributes to the green environment for which the campus is known.