The University of Central Floridahas started taking bids for a parking garage extension that will add 600 spaces at a cost of $9 million, and the project is seeing considerable interest.
The spaces will replace those that were lost to construction of the main campus's UCF Global building, which took over a chunk of parking area.
The new parking area will be attached to an existing parking garage, Garage C, that has 1,290 spaces. The addition, like the existing garage, will consist of four levels. The project is expected to start in November and be complete next July.
The facility that made the new parking garage necessary--the UCF Global building--is still under construction, with a finish date expected in March.
The UCF Global building is a three-story, $16.5 million project, whose visitors will likely park in the garage that is being expanded due to its proximity to the site.
The new building will have a "global achievement academy" that houses admissions, advisers and all other administrative functions that would apply to international students. It will also have services for students learning to speak English.
The structure is meant to help international students be more comfortable in their new environment and to attract new foreign students to the school, said UCF spokesman Mark Schlueb.
UCF also feels it is important for mainstream students to interact with international ones. "All the students that graduate from UCF are going to be exposed to the global markets," said Schlueb.
Right now, out of UCF's 62,000 students, 500 to 600 undergraduates are from another country and 900 to 1,000 graduate students are.
UCF's goal is to have 1,500 international undergraduates and 2,500 graduate students in the next few years, Schlueb said.