The original 520,000 sq. ft. Rappahannock River Parking Deck proposed by Donley’s team utilized a reduced footprint to provide maximum space for future academic buildings, while being able to house 1,663 vehicles (13 more than the RFP required) on five levels. The facility was designed to accommodate a future expansion of equal length and height, thereby maximizing efficiency. During the design process, in consideration of the university’s parking needs and the overall cost benefits, this three-bay expansion was approved to proceed along with the initial construction. Donley’s was awarded this expansion, which brought the deck’s total square footage to 862,000 sq. ft. and capacity to 2,618 vehicles.
A 17,000 sq. ft. Police and Safety Headquarters building is adjacent to the parking deck and serves as the central reporting hub for all emergency calls on campus.
Located in a busy part of campus, this facility is used for the daily parking of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The open design of the parking structure makes it safer for users because it aids in passive and official security measures. The Donley team’s design included a generous plaza area and a vehicular turnaround. The project also included a 3,600 sq. ft. retail facility.