Parking Deck Project of University ______________

The University of ___________
Parking Deck Project
Principals of Planning
GE 310
Fall 1996

The University of ________________ has been confronted with claims of
parking shortages over the past several years. Many of these claims were not
supported by any facts or figures that explained the cause of the parking
shortages. In fact, some of the claims of insufficient parking were based on
students not being able to locate parking spaces in the parking lots adjacent to
their first class. Due to recent and projected enrollment increases, there now
exist a genuine parking shortage. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to
evaluate the current parking, plan for future parking needs, and propose
possible locations for increased parking spaces at the University of ____________.

The 1996 enrollment for the University of ______________ is 4,960. The
enrollment increased approximately twelve (12) students from the 1995 enrollment.
There are currently 2,303 total parking spaces on University property. The
University Master Plan recommends one parking space for every 1.8 students. The
student enrollment, (divided by) the number of students per parking space,
(equals) the number of recommended parking spaces.

1996 Enrollment ........................ 4,960
Students Per Parking Space......... / 1.8 (Divided by)
Recommended Parking Spaces... = 2,756
Recommended Parking Spaces.. 2,756
Current Parking Spaces.............. - 2,303 (Minus)
Shortage of Parking Spaces...... = 453

The number of Students Per Parking Space ( 1.8 ) is based on a national average
of University parking. This formula shows that the University is currently
deficient 453 parking spaces.

The existing parking areas are positioned at various locations on the
campus of the University. These parking lots vary in size from 6 to 294 spaces.
Many of the parking areas are located in the heart of the University. This
allows for easy accessibility but it takes away from the aesthetic beauty of the
campus. The existing parking areas also cause traffic congestion in their
immediate area. The majority of the parking lots are located on streets that
have limited access or the exits do not allow for an easy transition into
existing streets.

Planning for the future growth of the University of __________________
is essential when assessing its future parking needs. The University of North
Alabama Master Plan must be taken into consideration when planning for the
future. The Master Plan proposes many changes for the overall improvement of
the University.(See Figure 2) These improvements include dramatic changes in
the existing parking facilities of the University. The physical changes that
have been proposed by the Master Plan must be used in conjunction with
demographic data in order to provide a user friendly and beautiful campus.

The University Master Plan proposes many creative ideas for the future
of the University. These ideas, if enacted, would cause the campus to be more
aesthetically pleasing and efficient. The University Master Plan contains plans
to remove and redesign much of the internal parking on the campus. Parking
spaces in the following areas would be eliminated: Wesleyan Ave., Morrison Ave.,
parking lot K, parking lot E, and parking lot H. (see Figure 1) There will be a
total of approximately 400 parking spaces that will need to be relocated in
order to conform to the Master Plan. These lost parking spaces must be
accommodated in another location. The number of lost parking spaces when added
to the existing parking shortage will result in a parking space deficiency of
over 800. This will cause a substantial parking shortage in the near future if
plans are not quickly enacted.

Projected enrollment must be taken into consideration, in order to make
sure that the University has adequate facilities for the students and faculty.
The University Admissions Office is projecting an enrollment increase of 347
over the next five (5) years. (This figure was derived from the formula used
earlier in the study). This increase, when added to the existing parking
shortage, would result in the deficiency of 645 parking spaces. Five (5) years
is a relatively short period of time and the parking problems will only compound
in the future.

After conforming to the Master Plan and planning for enrollment growth
the University will be deficient over 1000 spaces. These figures are
overwhelming. This is why an appropriate plan must be reviewed and approved as
soon as possible.

Now that the parking needs of the University have been discussed, an
appropriate site(s) must be found for the new parking facilities. The use of a
parking deck would be best suited to the needs of the University. Guidelines
should be followed in order to insure an efficient and pleasant parking facility.