USM holds grand opening for new parking garage

USM Parking Garage on the Hattiesburg campus
USM Parking Garage on the Hattiesburg campus

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Thursday morning's grand opening of The University of Southern Mississippi's new parking garage signals the addition of approximately 1,200 vehicle spaces to the Hattiesburg campus.

The five-story, open zone facility is available to students, faculty and staff driving vehicles registered through the university's Department of Parking Management.

It is located off of West Fourth Street next to Bond Hall.

Vehicle registration fees fund the construction cost of the $15.5 million structure, financed through the university's first public/private third party construction partnership, Eagle Parking LLC. This developer consortium is composed of five local companies and a consultant.

Built by Finlo Construction and L and A Construction of Hattiesburg and designed by Albert and Associates architectural firm of Hattiesburg, it is the first multi-level parking facility on a university campus in the state.

Other safety features of the parking garage include 10 Code Blue phones tied into the university's 911 system; elevator emergency phones with direct contact to the University Police Department; video cameras; lighting throughout to include exterior and stairwells; and a fire monitoring system.