By Matthew Roy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The city’s Planning and Zoning Board approved at its March 23 meeting site plans for the expansion of the A.T. Still University campus at the Arizona Health & Technology Park in Mesa.
To accommodate what it cites as a 50 percent growth in enrollment, the university looks to grow its campus – which is comprised of four buildings totaling 195KSF – with the addition of a three-story, 122KSF academic building and three-story parking garage for up to 1,064 cars.
The parking structure will solve current parking concerns and support additional future phase construction, including an intergenerational student housing/assisted living complex, which was approved in 2007 but never built. The garage will also provide parking for nearby Medical Office Buildings and the YMCA, which has only about one-third of the parking capacity currently needed.
A second parking option would have added more ground level parking – though city staff favored the parking garage option.
The new academic building will be located with vehicle access from the main road, East Still Circle, both to provide a sense of prominence and enhance the look of the campus, and to create a walkable cluster along with the four existing buildings and the new parking structure.
“Placement of the new Academic Building on the west side of the street with a parking garage on the east side of the street connected by a series of three crosswalks establishes a more close-knit campus feeling than currently exists,” according to city documents. “The ‘park-once’ concept of a parking garage will facilitate pedestrian activity between campus buildings, the YMCA and the medical office buildings.”
New signage and other aesthetic improvements will help create a recognizable “gateway” to the campus at the corner of Sunview and East Still Circle.
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