Sanford/Lake Mary parking and construction updates
Monday, Jan 11, 2010
Kendall Litton Jensen
Students, faculty and staff can expect a few more changes around the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus this spring, as the College's $85 million construction and renovation campaign nears completion.
Seminole State's new Partnership Center
The $30 million Partnership Center, the cornerstone of the makeover, is set to open for classes on Jan. 11. The four-story, approximately 100,000-square-foot facility will house classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices and student services for Seminole State and the University of Central Florida. It will also include Seminole State's new two-story library (opening March 15) and a second Nature's Table Cafe.
R building, a portable that has served as UCF's base on campus, will be removed. All UCF services are moving to the Partnership Center.
The $5.7 million loop road project also will be completed before the start of spring classes. The new roundabout and roadway connect Weldon Boulevard with College Drive to create a loop around the entire Sanford/Lake Mary Campus perimeter.
The project, which began in January, will enhance safety and traffic patterns around campus.
Additional campus improvements are still in the works, with L building renovations scheduled to begin this summer. Contractors will start with the third floor and work their way down to the bottom level as funding becomes available. To prepare for the project, all classes and faculty offices on the top floor of L will be relocated to other buildings starting in January.
Also, in early 2010, look for improved signage and the introduction of the College's first electronic marquee signs to direct drivers at key points on the campus.
Parking around campus received a major overhaul before the start of fall classes, with a 1,400-space student lot opening near the CFADA Professional Automotive Training Center. Some additional changes are coming in January:
Parking Lot 10, which was converted to faculty/staff parking in the fall, is changing back to a student lot. The 148-space parking area is located off First Road, near the Student Center (building C).
Parking Lot 3, which was a multi-use lot, will now be designated for faculty/staff use. The lot, convenient to A and J buildings, has 140 spaces and is accessible from the roundabout off Weldon Boulevard as well as Main Road via Parking Lot 4.
Parking Lot 11, located between the Automotive Training Center and the Student Center, is being converted to an accessible parking area. The lot will provide 20 ADA-compliant spaces, a drop-off area and access to covered walkways. In recent months, the number of accessible spaces around the campus has more than doubled to approximately 110. The change is part of a Collegewide initiative to increase ADA parking on all campuses.
A new 120-space visitor lot is opening adjacent to the Partnership Center and Student Services (building A). It can be accessed from the roundabout off Weldon Boulevard.
Additional updates can be found on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus home page