Museum of Life and Science Opens Parking Deck

The new structure will provide an additional 362 spaces
Photo courtesy of Museum of Life and Science
The parking deck's grand opening is Friday, March 9.

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham recently announced that the grand opening of its new parking structure will take place Friday, March 9. The deck will provide an additional 362 parking spaces, doubling the amount of available spaces at the museum and adding convenience for guests on busy days. In celebration of the long-awaited opening, museum staff will be outside the deck on the first day of operation to give a prize to the drivers of the first 10 cars that enter the deck when it opens at 9 a.m. for members.

A year in the making, the new structure sits on the south side of the museum campus. It has three levels and will provide parking for both guests and employees. There are six accessible spaces and two van accessible spaces on Level 1. Both the current north and south surface lots will remain open and available to visitors.

Designed by Walker Parking Consultants with RATIO and constructed by Skanska USA, the parking deck is low-impact on the surrounding environment. The museum utilized dark-sky technology on the exposed upper level to reduce light pollution by focusing light where it is most needed, instead of radiating it away from the building. Another energy-saving choice is the LED lighting system that automatically adjusts light levels in response to the amount of daylight available to minimize energy consumption. Additionally, a bio-retention pond with native plants pretreats deck runoff to filter out oils and particulates.

With the opening of Hideaway Woods in late 2015, total visitation to the museum has swelled to 550,000 people annually from across the Triangle and central North Carolina. With so many people wanting to visit the museum’s expansive indoor-outdoor campus, the museum has been using offsite parking and a shuttle to try and meet this demand. The new parking deck, along with existing surface parking, will serve nearly twice as many vehicles and make the museum more convenient to visit. As the museum continues to grow with new exhibits such as "Earth Moves" on the horizon, the parking deck will support continued demand.

“We are so excited to open our parking deck! We believe our members are going to love the convenience, and it will be easier for new visitors to come and see what the museum is all about,” says Barry Van Deman, CEO of the Museum of Life and Science.

Source: Museum of Life and Science


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