New building construction fuels ongoing parking controversy

Construction zone for the new Computer Science and Technology Facility

Construction zone for the new Computer Science and Technology Facility

Southeastern Hall is being replaced with a new Computer Science and Industrial Technology Facility. Construction on the new building has already begun to take place and students are having even more difficulty in trying to find a parking space on campus.

The construction site includes a large parking lot near the intersection of North Dakota and Dakota streets. Therefore, students and faculty no longer have that parking lot as an option and are having to find parking elsewhere. This has proved to be especially frustrating for students who have classes near the construction site and are used to utilizing that parking lot.

“The construction on the new building is a huge inconvenience,” said communications sciences and disorders graduate student, Kristen Stilley. “Parking was already difficult because of the lack of parking options on that side of campus and now there are more and more students trying to fill those already limited spaces.”

Emily Dykes, a counseling graduate student, frequents White Hall for the majority of her classes and claims that parking is dreadful. “Most of my classes are held on that end of campus. It is impractical for me to have to park across campus or leave an hour before class to search for a close spot. Either way, I’m wasting my time,” Dykes said.

Southeastern students circle full parking lot trying to find a parking space.

Southeastern students circle full parking lot trying to find a parking space.

Although construction has blocked off a crucial parking lot, efforts were made to help alleviate some of the inconvenience the construction could cause. All roads and sidewalks have been left open for pedestrians.

“I do not drive to campus. So, parking has never really been a problem for me. The sidewalks were left open so I’m not effected at all by the construction,” said junior biology major Stuart Wells.

The new facility is necessary as Southeastern’s Computer Science and Industrial Technology department has grown and are currently operating under limited space in Fayard Hall. The new facility will house many different programs such as computer science, information technology, engineering technology, industrial technology, and occupational, safety, health and environment programs.

The construction on this new building suggests growth during a trying time for the university and will likely be a feature when recruiting potential students.

“Although I’m not a computer science major or anything, I’m glad the department is getting a new facility and I’m happy that Southeastern is expanding and bettering our campus,” said Wells.

Informal survey of 15 Southeastern students shows student feelings toward the construction of the new facility.

Informal survey of 15 Southeastern students shows student feelings toward the construction of the new facility.

An informal survey of 15 Southeastern students indicated that students generally agree with Wells. Thirteen students expressed that they are excited for the new building and think that it will better Southeastern as a whole, but 9 of those students also said that they are not happy with the parking inconveniences the construction has caused so far.

For more information about the Computer Science and Industrial Technology department, please visit the program’s website  or their YouTube channel.

Southeastern students and visitors can also view the parking map to find a convenient parking lot.

Below is an audio clip of Dykes describing her views on the construction of the new facility and the parking inconvenience that it caused.

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