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While you were gone: A brief list of what’s new at GRU

If you were off campus for the summer – or just too preoccupied with the heat to pay attention to what’s going on around you – you’re probably noticing a few changes.

Change is one of the constants here at Georgia Regents University, and though it can be a little startling at times, we’re pretty fortunate to be growing the way we are. As the state’s newest comprehensive research university, we’re becoming something truly unique by building upon the solid foundations of our legacy institutions. It’s not always easy, and some of it is far from convenient. But what we’ll have in the end will be the world-class university we’re all envisioning.

A major component of a world-class university is student housing, and if you’ve been to the Health Sciences Campus recently, you’ve probably seen the stair towers of two new residence halls rising up from the ground behind The Student Center. Soon, the wood framing will begin. On schedule to open in the fall of 2016, the undergraduate residence hall and graduate residence hall will house 700-plus students combined.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, students will move into the existing housing at University Village and Residence 4. Traffic delays are expected, especially around Residence 4 on the Health Sciences Campus. Traffic delays are also expected on and around Laney Walker Boulevard as work continues to improve the road and motorists are detoured to 15th Street, R.A. Dent Boulevard and Walton Way.

A direct line for student housing questions is 706-729-2300.

Construction is ongoing on the Laney Walker Boulevard improvement project, which is on track to be completed by early 2016. The project will improve the safety and aesthetic of the 0.36-mile-length of Laney Walker between 15th Street and R.A. Dent by narrowing the road from four lanes to two, adding raised crosswalks and new landscaping buffers. Bike lanes will also be added in each direction. The improvements will decrease pedestrian travel from curb to curb and reduce the number of pedestrian mid-block crossings.

To check the status of campus projects, visit the Facilities web page by clicking here.

Phase one of The Student Center dining services expansion is close to completion. Starbucks, Simply-to-Go and Chick-fil-A will return with a few surprise options, and the Atrium Food Court will be open for dining in. Once phase one is complete in September, phase two will begin which involves new flooring, updated finishes and furniture renovations to the dining area and second floor of the Student Center. Phase two will be complete in Spring 2016.

A new, direct shuttle from University Village will accommodate students on a four-night meal plan, and the attached Wellness Center, which celebrated a renovation earlier in the year, will have extended hours at the beginning of the school year.

And the beginning of the school year will also see an increase in some of our important student health services. Student Health will continue to have extended hours at the beginning of the year to help students after 5 p.m. The Counseling Center has hired a new director and psychologists to provide greater mental health services. All counseling appointments will be scheduled through the Summerville office, but the counseling staff will be available on the Health Sciences Campus in Student Health to see students.

And while parking is one of those issues that always gets people talking, parking at the Health Sciences Campus has gotten safer with the addition of new parking lights installed in Lot 69/70. Earlier in the year, 220 parking spaces were added to the lot, bringing the total to 310 spaces. The lot is served by the Jaguar Express Gold Route, which serves the seven stops of the southern area of the Health Sciences Campus.

For information about transit system routes and a link to the Traxx transit information app, click here.

 

New lights installed in Lot 69/70 (Fatman’s Lot)

New parking lot lights were installed in Lot 69/70, commonly referred to as the “Fatman’s Lot,” on June 25.

“The new lights will make the lot safer and much more usable”, said Beth Bryson, Georgia Regents University Parking & Transportation Manager.

Earlier this year, 220 parking spaces were added to that lot, bringing the total to 310 spaces. Lot 69/70 is served by the Jaguar Express Gold Route and is a short walk to the 15th Street corridor.

“We very much appreciate the assistance of the GHSU Foundation and the GRU Facilities Division for their help in making this project happen”, said Karl Munschy, Director of Auxiliary Administration.

For more information, including parking maps and Jaguar Express route information, please visit: gru.edu/parking

Laney-Walker Blvd. detours in effect

Vehicles are being directed to detour around Laney-Walker Boulevard because enhancement work has begun on the .36-mile stretch between 15th Street and R.A. Dent Boulevard.

Instead of utilizing Laney-Walker Boulevard through Georgia Regents University’s Health Sciences Campus, through traffic has to travel 15th Street, R.A. Dent Boulevard and Walton Way.

Signage and barricades are up at each end of Laney-Walker notifying motorists of detours, and will remain there through the project’s six- to eight-month duration. Barricades are up, and flagmen are in place to aid motorists and pedestrians.

Access to the university’s Student Center, the Kelly Administration Building, Central Distribution Warehouse and the Cancer Center will be maintained throughout the project and managed with signage and flagmen.

The Cancer Center’s adjacent parking deck will also be accessible throughout the project.

Parking lots 3 and 11 should be accessed from the west end of Laney-Walker from 15th Street. Parking lot 14 should be accessed from St. Sebastian Way.

The enhancements include narrowing the road from four lanes to two, adding raised crosswalks and new landscaping buffers. Bike lanes will also be added in each direction.

The improvements will decrease pedestrian traffic from curb to curb; reduce the number of pedestrian mid-block crossings; eliminate the need for crosswalk guards in the morning and evening; improve driver visibility; and improve Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility for GRU personnel and the community.

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Parking Notice

Please note that Lot 61 (Laney High School lot) will be closed to GRU patrons on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015; Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015; and Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, while Laney High School has a special event. Additional parking is available in Lots 69 and 70 (Fatman’s lot) which is served by the Gold transit route. Please allow extra time to arrive at your location. To view a map of Health Sciences Campus parking lots, please visit: gru.edu/parking.

For more information, contact the parking office at 706-721-2953.

“Wave of the future”: EV charging station available at Student Center

Drivers of some plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids can soon charge their car’s battery on Georgia Regents University’s Health Sciences Campus.

A Signet 50kW DC Quick Charger station with two separate charge ports has been installed in the parking lot of the Student Center at 1459 Laney Walker Blvd., and it will soon be available for use.

The CHAdeMO (the trade name of a quick-charging method for electric cars) station, donated by Nissan, is compatible with Nissan’s all-electric Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV cars, and with an adapter, some Tesla models. The CHAdeMO charger is also configured so that it could charge other types of electric vehicles in the future.

To charge their cars, drivers will be able to enter the Student Center parking lot from Laney Walker Boulevard, park in front of the charging station to the right of the building, and then plug the port into their car. There will be a $2 connection fee that will cover the first 30 minutes, and then the fee will be $5 per hour and will be prorated for each minute. Payment and driver solutions will be managed by Greenlots, greenlots.com. Greenlots offers a pay-by-phone feature, or they will supply a key fob to process payment.

Nathan Raith with Atlanta-based ChargeUp, the consulting firm which handled the project from start to finish, said the charging station is “top-of-the-line.”

“You can charge a car in 17 to 22 minutes with the 50 kilowatt output. It really gives the juice. The two different arms can fit most any vehicle on the road,” Raith said.

Georgia Regents University received the charging station with a grant administered through the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, which awarded 33 rebates totaling $278,386 to install the new stations across the state. Georgia Regents University was one of 18 state and local organizations that received the grant.

As a result of the Charge Georgia program, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority expects an 18 percent increase in public charging infrastructure to be installed by July 30.

“This is a huge step toward showing Georgia Regents University is environmentally friendly,” said Facilities Services Manager Michael Summers. “It makes a huge statement.”

There are more than 220,000 plug-in electric and hybrid cars on the road today, with Nissan Leafs and Chevrolet Volts leading the pack. On the national level, gas-powered cars cost about three times as much per mile as electric cars, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The 2015 all-electric Nissan Leaf has a battery range of up to 126 miles in the city. The 2015 hybrid Chevrolet Volt can run up to 38 miles on battery power before seamlessly switching to gasoline.

If saving at the pump isn’t enough to convince someone to purchase an all-electric or hybrid car, there are tax credits available to sweeten the deal. Electric vehicles may be eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

“The market (for plug-in electric vehicles) is moving more quickly than the infrastructure. It really is the wave of the future. EV charging stations are the next Wi-Fi; if you don’t have one, you’re behind the times. I am excited Georgia Regents University is on board,” Raith said.

“This new EV station was a great collaboration between the Georgia Regents Facilities Services Department and the GRU Parking & Transportation Department. The two departments collaborated on the grant application and installation process and cost,” said Karl Munschy, Director of Auxiliary Administration.

Update on parking and new shuttle routes

Patients and visitors have a lot on their minds when entering our hospitals and clinics. One thing that shouldn’t be a concern is finding parking to get to their appointments on time. Although there are a number of parking decks and lots across campus, on many days, finding an open parking space is a challenge.

Parking availability for patients and visitors is a top priority and the responsibility of the entire GRU and GRHealth community. As a reminder, parking is reserved only for patients and visitors in the following decks until 2 p.m. each day:

Medical Center deck on 15th Street, located on the east side of the deck, BN on this map
Medical Office Building deck on Harper Street, Levels One, Two, and Three, HC on this map
Children’s Hospital of Georgia deck on Harper Street, Level One, BK on this map

Reserved parking for patients and visitors is always available in the following areas:
The Clinical Cancer Center deck on Laney Walker Blvd., AM on this map
Lot 5, located in front of the College of Dental Medicine, #5 on this map

An additional 150 non-reserved parking spaces in lot 69 will soon be available, and new transit routes for the Health Sciences Campus will begin Jan. 26, offering more frequent and convenient service. For more information, visit: gru.edu/parking.

We thank you for your continued commitment to the health, well-being, and safety of our patients and visitors.

Parking for patients and visitors to our hospitals and clinics

Parking is a frustration for all of us, whether we’re here for an appointment or showing up for our routine work responsibilities. Patients and visitors entering our hospitals and clinics, who already have their health or that of their loved one on their minds, experience these same parking frustrations. Although there are a number of parking decks and lots across campus, on many days, it is a challenge to find an empty parking space.

Parking availability for patients and visitors is a top priority and the responsibility of the entire GRU and GRHealth community. We appreciate the support of everyone as we work to improve the health care experience for our patients. As a reminder, parking is reserved only for patients and visitors in the following decks until 2 p.m. each day:

  • Medical Center deck on 15th Street, located on the east side of the deck
  • Medical Office Building deck on Harper Street, Levels One, Two, and Three
  • Children’s Hospital of Georgia deck on Harper Street, Level One

Reserved parking for patients and visitors is always available in the following areas:

  • The Clinical Cancer Center deck on Laney Walker Boulevard.
  • Lot 5, located in front of the College of Dental Medicine

The administration is committed to improving parking availability and shuttle operations as part of our Campus Master Planning process, and we expect to see significant improvements in these areas beginning in spring 2015. In the interim, however, we all need to do our part to ensure our patients come first and reserved patient and visitor parking is kept available for our guests.

We thank you for your continued commitment to the health, well-being, and safety of our patients and visitors.

To view the above deck and lot locations on the campus map, visit gru.edu/parking/documents/parkingmap.pdf.