Pavilion Garage Changes – June 2017
The Pavilion Garage started active service in August of 2015. Intended as a multi-use parking zone accommodating paid annual parkers as well as hourly parkers, the facility was equipped with access and revenue control equipment.
The Department of Parking and Transportation operates and maintains the parking facility. We have determined that the best utilization of the facility would be a fully reserved zone thus removing paid hourly access. This change will take place this summer and by August 15th all spaces in the facility will be reserved to individuals by specific parking stall numbers.
After June 1st, hourly parkers will no longer be permitted to utilize the facility and will be required to either park in a metered space or obtain a permit and park in their designated zones elsewhere. DPT will remove the traffic arms and other revenue control equipment to create clear entry and exit paths to the garage. Unauthorized vehicles found parked in the garage will be cited and subject to tow.
Existing Pavilion Garage permit holders will continue to be able to park in the facility until their permits expire on August 15th. These current permit holders were given a deadline to reserve their 2017-2018 permits for the garage which has now passed.
All other eligible parkers will be given the opportunity to purchase a dedicated reserved space when their group's permit classification goes on sale in July. Faculty/Staff will be given two weeks to choose the Pavilion Garage permit prior to them being offered to students classified as commuters. Click HERE for permit sale dates. Permits for the Pavilion Garage will be $400 for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The Who What Where When and Why's
Why is timed parking no longer available in the garage? The available timed spaces were not being utilized at a high enough rate to justify continued timed short-term parking. The full capacity of the garage will be utilized with the creation of reserved spaces at a reasonable price when compared to Commuter and Faculty/Staff permit pricing.
Why isn't the garage being opened to basic permits? The facility was not equipped with parking stall availability equipment which would assist parkers in locating open parking spaces. Experience with other surface lots indicates that the facility would become overly congested with individuals just looking for a parking space. The result would be an increased likelihood of property damage (vehicle or structure) in the tight confines of the facility as well as a general frustration with the time consuming search for an open space in an 800+ space facility with only one entrance and exit.
Why reserved spaces? Issuing a reserve permit tied to a specific parking stall eliminates the search for parking. Example: A vehicle with a permit to park in stall 2159, can only park in stall 2159. The driver knows where the stall is and goes there directly and the stall should be available.
What happens if a non-garage permitted vehicle parks in the facility? Between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM, a vehicle that does not have a garage pass after June 1st but before August 15th will receive a citation for being parking in a restricted zone. After August 15th, the vehicle will receive a Reserved Parking citation and the vehicle will be towed at the owner's expense.
Where can the new garage permits park? The new permits for the Pavilion Garage will be issued starting in early July. After August 15th, these permits will be treated similar to current Faculty/Staff reserved permits in that the owners of the permit must park in their reserved space, otherwise, a single vehicle will effectively occupy two parking spaces on campus since the one in the garage is restricted to that vehicle. Exceptions include the ability to park in all Park-n-Ride Zones, Insight Park, and at the Facilities Administration building off Hathorn Drive.
When can I start parking in the garage with my new pass? After permit sales begin in July and before August 15th, both FY17 and FY18 permits will be permitted access to the Pavilion Garage. Reserve space allocations do not become effective until August 16th when all FY17 permits have expired and are no longer permitted to park in the facility. On August 16th, only the new 2017-2018 (FY18) permits will be allowed in the facility and all vehicles must be parked in their space.
If I choose not to buy a Pavilion Garage permit this year, will there be some available next year? The new Pavilion Garage permit will be classified as a reserved stall and will be renewable annually. In early spring each year, current permit holders will be given a deadline to renew, after which, the space allocation will be opened to others with the start of normal permit sales every July. Based on availability, we expect that there should be a number of permits that are not renewed every year as student permit holders graduate and leave campus.
How will Pavilion and athletic events affect parking in the garage? With the sale of every Pavilion Garage permit, the person purchasing the permit must agree to certain conditions related to parking at the garage. Some athletic events such as mid-week basketball games and home football games may require the garage to be cleared of all parkers by a specific time during the normal work week. Appropriate notification will be given before each scheduled event.
Can inclement weather conditions affect the use of the garage? The judgment to close the University due to inclement weather is determined by appropriate authorities in the university administration. Closure of parts of or all of the garage due to the weather or garage surface conditions will be determined by DPT staff independently from the university's decision to be open or closed. The upper deck (Level 5) of the garage and the ramp leading to it are prone to ice over and stay that way for an extended period. If needed the upper deck may be closed. Permit holders for these spaces will be temporarily relocated as needed.