New parking ramp up and running
The third floor of the new Gannon parking ramp is pictured from inside the lobby, which includes charging stations, a TV screen, the elevator and access to the stairwell. Photo by Larry Hook
By Chloe Gregg
The highly-anticipated Gannon Ramp is finally finished and available for use by students, faculty and employees. This ramp offers more levels and more parking spaces than the previous ramp.
The new ramp also includes many new features, such as but not limited to, LED lighting and lobbies that include charging stations and an informational TV.
Chris MacKersie, the executive director of Administrative Services, said Administrative Services is proud to announce the opening of the new Gannon Ramp.
"It holds 1,776 parking spaces and it is equipped with LED lighting, two high-speed glass elevators, glass stairwells, security cameras, emergency call boxes, sophisticated parking management system, two new single use restrooms on levels 1, 2, and 3 in each lobby, 24 EV charging stations, and a new secure bike storage area, which is still in development,” MacKersie said.
“For now, users need to enter the ramp off North Grand Avenue, but another entrance/exit located off West Saginaw Street will open Tuesday, Sept. 6. The design team from Rich & Associates and the general contractor, The Christman Company, have been fantastic partners. Overall, we could not be happier with the outcome of the project."
Leah Gruber, a student at LCC who had been accustomed to parking on random side parking lots depending on availability, said having the new Gannon Ramp has changed her life for the better.
“Especially now that the road the entrance is on is a two-way street, everything is so much easier for getting to school in the mornings,” Gruber said. “I never have to worry if I’m going to be parked too far away or that there aren't enough parking spots. And I love the little lobby areas.”