UNM Parking & Transportation Services (UNM PATS) is excited to announce that the Redondo Court parking lot renovations have successfully been completed and the A-SHAC Lot is now open for use.
“This area typically provides patient parking and emergency vehicle access to UNM’s Student Health & Counseling (SHAC) and provides ADA accessible parking for central campus,” explained Barbara Morck, director of UNM Parking & Transportation Services.
As part of the renovation project, 1.15 acres of land was reconstructed to better accommodate all of the competing uses for the area. Parking was expanded into some of the previously landscaped space located northwest of the Natatorium and 20 new pay station parking spaces were added, increasing the total number of parking spaces available in the lot.
“It’s exciting when new parking spaces are added on main campus because the opportunity doesn’t come around often,” Morck pointed out. “Because it’s so rare, we also put a lot of thought and effort into maximizing the number of visitors who could benefit from the additional spaces.”
The lot now also includes some pay station parking for visitors to Mesa Vista Hall, Women’s Resource Center, Advisement/Enrichment/Career Services, Johnson Center and the Natatorium. Additionally, the lot now includes 24 ADA parking spaces and a designated area for motorcycle, moped, and scooter parking.
The added parking also expands the number of patient parking available for those visiting the Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) Office during the day. After-hours (5 p.m.–7:30 a.m., M-F) and all day on weekends, the SHAC “patient parking” spaces convert into pay station parking spaces that can be used by anyone.
Other improvements to the area include the addition of new landscape with trees, shrubs and other site improvements to provide a safer more enjoyable pedestrian environment. In front of the accessible entrance to the Natatorium, the drive lane was widened to improve access, and wider than normal drive isles were created to accommodate emergency and broadcast vehicles.
“All together the improvements to the area are impressive,” said Morck. “We hope that you drive by and take a look the next time you are on campus!”