Multi-storey car park work starts
WORK has begun on the $10 million multi-storey car park project at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said site preparation for the multi-level car park started yesterday morning and was due to be completed in May next year.
The car park will provide more than 500 parking spaces.
"USC has done extensive planning for car parking to keep it ahead of requirements over the years and this multi-level car park will ensure that continues," Mr Hill said.
"The 500-plus new spaces will address current and future parking needs and USC will continue to monitor utilisation, while increasing awareness of alternative forms of transport."
Mr Hill (pictured) said construction of an offset car park finished this week and was opened to vehicles yesterday morning.
"Seventy-one new spaces have been created," he said.
"These are to offset those spaces which will become the site of the multi-level car park, so there is no net loss of parking spaces during construction."
The offset car park (car park 11A), is on the western side of the campus, south of the existing car park 11.
A uni spokeswoman said so far this year Sunshine Coast Council had issued an average of 432 infringements a month for failure to buy a parking ticket on campus. An average of about 20 fines per weekday.
Mr Hill said a $5 million donation from Maroochydore residents Roy and Nola Thompson earlier this year brought the multi-storey car park project forward.
"While the university has had multi-level car parking in the master plan for years, it would not have been able to construct this one at this time without the generous support of the Thompsons," he said.