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Preparing for 'A New Day for Parking'!

December 15, 2016

Parking Garage 5: The biggest garage on campus – and in Kansas

PRG 5 at a glance

  • 722,857 square feet, six levels high, two city blocks long
  • 2,069 parking spaces, plus four electric vehicle charging stations
  • $39.6 million project cost
  • 1,629 precast concrete panels (total weight 30 tons) were fabricated in Marshall, Mo.
  • Four stair towers, five elevators
  • Flat floor plate and speed ramp design allows for quick entrance and exit from garage
  • Dynamic parking count system tracks ADA stalls and stall availability per level
  • An enclosed, climate-controlled pedestrian bridge connects the garage to Cambridge North Tower

Kansas City, Kan. — Heralded as the largest parking garage in Kansas, the 722,857-square-foot superstructure known as Parking Garage 5 (PRG 5) has reached a major construction milestone: last month's topping-off ceremony, marking the last panel of pre-cast concrete set on the exterior.

Located at the corner of 38th and Cambridge streets, just north of the new Cambridge Tower A, the 2,069-vehicle parking facility will serve both The University of Kansas Hospital and the University of Kansas Medical Center when it opens in July 2017.

Parking spaces will be allocated among patients, visitors, physicians and employees.

"The garage will greatly alleviate some of the parking issues we've been experiencing for quite some time," said John McDonough, the hospital's vice president of facilities services and real estate development. "We move 6,000 people around every day; it will be a new day for parking on the main campus."

The building's concrete structure is six stories high and two city blocks in length. Each floor of the garage is flat, with a speed ramp at the north end.

"This layout minimizes engine idle times, affords efficient entry and exit and is easy for motorists to navigate," said McDonough.

The entire garage contains tall floor-to-floor heights, maximizing cross ventilation and allowing ADA van access on every level. There are five elevators, and glass-clad stairway towers are located in each corner of the garage. An enclosed pedestrian bridge will connect it to the new Cambridge Tower A, which opens in a year.

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