Paved paradise, putting up a parking lot?
Recently, concern has risen about parking complications that may arise when the new Golisano Science Complex is built. However, Dr. Judy Willard, assistant to the president for planning, assures that all bases have been covered.
According to the campus master plan released in 2007, the current main lot will be transformed into both a campus green and gathering place, complete with walkways and benches. It'll eventually be surrounded by the to-be-built Golisano Science Complex, the Castellani Art Museum, and a future campus dining commons.
New parking will be in an extended lot of the Dwyer Arena, as well as a new second lot east of that extended lot. A new entrance to those lots will be paved to meet the Power Authority service road off Witmer road.
Willard reveals that the new parking lots will be constructed this summer, before the closure of the current main lot and construction of the Golisano Science Complex. They will be open for student use in the fall.
There will actually be more parking spaces available in the fall than there is now. Building the new lot will add approximately 60 spaces, Willard explains. Modern-day campus design doesn't have parking in the center of the campus “ it encompasses the campus.
The master plan was created with that in mind, she noted.
Prospectively, it will take almost two years to build the Golisano Science Complex. The building is funded by a $10 million donation by B. Thomas Golisano, the former owner of the Buffalo Sabres. According to Willard, when he gave the money to NU, he said It's not science that I'm giving for, it's Niagara University.
Additionally, the Golisano Science Complex will be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, as part of Niagara's green initiative. The Bisgrove Academic Complex had also been built to these standards, but was never officially certified by LEED. Niagara hopes to eventually change that.
With construction of the parking lots and Golisano in the summer, the ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for the second week of May. It will be a large public event, which anyone to attend. More details will be available soon.