Tom Hutton, University Relations, 262-3439 Susan Szpyrka, director, Public Safety, 262-3111

Editor’s note: Parking will be available in the visitor lot at no charge. For more information, contact University Relations.

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. Construction of a new, $6 million parking garage at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will formally begin with groundbreaking ceremonies scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Campus and university officials, including CU Regent Jerry Rutledge and Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, will join student leaders and contractors to ceremonially begin the anticipated 10-month project on the site of a former volleyball court. The site is near the center of university campus and east of Columbine Hall.

The three-story, 500-space parking garage will be built into a hillside. The garage’s top floor will be level with the entrance to Columbine Hall, the campus’s largest classroom building. In addition to providing additional parking spaces, the garage will improve access for individuals who use wheelchairs and for campus visitors. A new public safety office is also planned for the site.

No state funds or student tuition dollars will be used in the construction of the garage. Fees paid by faculty, staff, students and visitors to park on campus will pay for construction.

Drawings of the completed garage will be available for viewing at the ceremonies. In addition to university representatives, officials from the project’s general contractor and architectural firm are expected to attend.

CU-Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs, is the fastest growing university in Colorado and one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 25 bachelor’s degrees, 17 master’s and two doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls more than 7,600 students annually.