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427-spot, $7.8 million parking facility opens on Benedictine’s Lisle campus

427-spot, $7.8 million parking facility opens on Benedictine’s Lisle campus
January 18, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Parking garageLisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University is growing. On Tuesday, January 18, Benedictine opened a facility to help accommodate that growth.

Benedictine University unveiled a 427-spot, three-story, $7.8 million parking garage Tuesday that will help alleviate some of the parking distress caused by continued growth at the University, where enrollment is setting records annually.

The 148,733-square foot facility, designed to meld with other buildings on campus and built over an existing parking lot on campus, required 344 pieces of precast which were erected in 16 working days. The heaviest piece weighed 60,000 pounds. The facility features 184 light fixtures, 29 security cameras, and designated hybrid and electric car parking spaces.

The garage increases the campus' overall parking capacity by nearly 400 spots.

"When we began construction this fall, we promised to have the facility open by the time students returned for the Spring semester," said Chad Treisch, executive director of Campus Planning, Design and Construction Management. "Thanks to the outstanding work of our subcontractors, we were able to fulfill that promise today."

The facility was designed by DLR Architects, who also designed the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex, and built by International Contractors, Inc. of Elmhurst. It will eventually house the offices of the Benedictine University Police Department and the Department of Campus Services, which handles maintenance on the 108-acre campus. Those offices are scheduled to become occupancy-ready by early March.  

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.