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Parking services under construction

by Alyssa Daley
Tue, Feb 27th 2018 09:00 pm
The College at Brockport Parking and Transportation Services is closer than it may appear. It has been relocated to the Facilities and Planning Building on campus. The water tank was placed overtop the servers in the Conrad Welcome Center in its initial construction and caused water damage.
The College at Brockport Parking and Transportation Services is closer than it may appear. It has been relocated to the Facilities and Planning Building on campus. The water tank was placed overtop the servers in the Conrad Welcome Center in its initial construction and caused water damage.

The Conrad Welcome Center, where The College at Brockport Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is located, is currently under construction for water damage. The department’s operations have been relocated to the facilities and planning building, also known as the Commissary building, on campus. Construction was due to be completed by Wednesday, Jan. 16, according to PTS’ website, but is still underway.

The building is relatively new and the cause of this water damage is due to a critical flaw in the original floor plan. The water tank for the facility was positioned directly over top the PTS’ servers, which house much of the data the department needs to maintain records of the permits, citations and Zipcar carpooling accounts.

The parking and transportation office is responsible for both student and visitor parking passes, enforcing campus parking rules and providing transportation alternatives, such as Eagle Run, the shuttle service and carsharing services like Zipcar. Besides the information that PTS has stored within the terabytes of its server, the department is responsible for the construction, maintenance and repair of the college’s roadways and parking lots. Student employees hired by PTS provide a Motorist Assistance Program, which is responsible for assisting on-campus drivers with jump starts, lock-out assistance and tire inflation.

The move to the Commissary Building has not and will not affect the efficiency of these services, but the lengthy amount of time it will take for the renovations to be complete is not ideal for the faculty, staff or students. 

The Welcome Center’s original construction cost Brockport several thousands of dollars more than was initially planned, and now the damage caused by a mistake made during this pricey project is causing the college community to produce another large sum of cash. 

The light at the end of this tunnel is that this time, the job will be done correctly. With the college administration’s financial goal of decreasing the budget to begin paying off some of the debt it has accrued over the years, this is not the ideal time to have this unexpected expense. No one appreciates getting a parking citation or having parking restrictions, but the department’s other services are irreplaceable. The entirety of the college community has the potential to benefit from this final update on the Conrad Welcome Center.

 

stylus@brockport.edu

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