31
October
2013
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01:39 PM
America/Chicago

An Update on the Parking Garage Project

As many have surmised from the slowdown in activity on the job site, we have encountered some problems with our Garage/Welcome Center project. Specifically there have been challenges involving the general contractor that had been selected. After careful deliberation it has been determined that the best course of action for UHD is to end the relationship with the current general contractor. UHD representatives are now working with UH System Facilities Planning and Construction personnel to bring a new general contractor on-board.

While the general contractor will be changing, the design team (WHR Architects) remains the same. We'll still be building the same structures, just using a different contractor to oversee the construction.

This development will impact the construction schedule. Our previous expectation was that the finished garage would be delivered in time for the start of the Fall 2014 semester. Given the time that will be lost as we transition to a new general contractor, it is clear that completion of the garage for Fall 2014 is no longer possible. We will not have a new schedule until a new contractor has been engaged, but we are now looking at October or November 2014 as a more reasonable target for garage completion.

How this will impact faculty/staff parking in Fall 2014 has yet to be determined. The program we have in place now with the replacement lots and some dedicated faculty lots seems to be working reasonably well, so we will probably look to extend this for another 2-3 months. Looking on the bright side, many of us will now have an extra few months to get in some needed cardio work.

As more information becomes available, it will be shared with the UHD community. While this latest development is disappointing, it will not deter us from doing what we set out to do, which is to build new faculty/staff garage and a striking new Welcome Center that will provide a long-needed point-of-entry for UHD.

I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we get through this very important project.

David Bradley, Administration & Finance