USG Breaks Ground on $20M, 700-Space Garage

The Universities at Shady Grove broke ground last week on the second parking garage at its Shady Grove campus. The project is expected to cost $20 million.

The Universities at Shady Grove broke ground last week on the second parking garage at its Shady Grove campus. The project is expected to cost $20 million.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett was present at the groundbreaking ceremony, together with other county and state officials. USG’s new parking garage is scheduled for completion in early 2016. Once finished, it will provide 700 new parking spaces. Montgomery County is funding the project.

The garage will support USG’s planned Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Facility. The university plans to break ground on this $162 million academic complex next year, and expects to open it in the fall of 2018. The 220,000-square-foot building will feature state-of-the-art laboratories, active learning classrooms, clinical training facilities, academic offices and an expanded level of student services necessary to support program and enrollment growth in these high-demand fields. It will serve thousands of students in science, technology, engineering, math and medical sciences programs.

According to the university, the new garage will be the first ”Certified Green Garage” in the nation. The structure will be constructed using recycled materials. It will feature energy-efficient LED lights, and will be able to generate on-site renewable energy. USG said it will offer preferred parking to owners of fuel-efficient vehicles and to those who carpool.