Magazine article University Business

Parking Garage at Clemson University's Auto Research Center

Magazine article University Business

Parking Garage at Clemson University's Auto Research Center

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WHILE AVOIDING A CAMPUS EYESORE MAY BE A goal for institutional officials planning for a new parking garage, the enthusiasm for such a project doesn't often go beyond that. But it makes sense for an auto research center m have a particularly eye-catching garage. The Clemson University (S.C.) International Center for Automotive Research, which is nearing completion on a 250-acre hilltop site about 45 minutes from Clemson's main campus, has a parking structure designed to "celebrate the car."

* FUNCTION: Parking garage for approximately 1,200 traditional cars, with space for electric cars, motorcycles, and bicycles.

* CHALLENGES: The CU-ICAR project's vision--"to be the premier automotive and motorsports research and educational facility in the world"--is ambitious. So when the team began discussing the campus parking facility, it's no surprise they envisioned something special. "At least initially, it is the hub of our campus," says John Boyette, CU-ICAR's director of real estate. With the garage and attached administrative building opening around the same time (nearly a year before students and faculty would be on the campus), officials saw the garage as a first impression for visitors and potential new partners, Boyette adds. "Unlike [with] most parking structures, they wanted to be able to see the cars, especially from the plaza area," says Randall W. Carwile, director of operations for Walker Parking Consultants in Atlanta, of his client. …

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