Policy Concerning Parking Requirements and Funding Responsibilities for New Construction, Building Additions, Building Function Changes, and Leased Space

Policy Concerning Parking Requirements and Funding Responsibilities for New Construction, Building Additions, Building Function Changes, and Leased Space

This policy details the process of determining parking for the creation of, renovation or addition to on-campus facilities.
Effective Date:
None Assigned
Administrative Category:
Applies To:
Faculty, Staff
Material Original Source:

The University of Alabama at Birmingham


January 30, 1989


As an urban campus, the University of Alabama at Birmingham has established goals and objectives through a master planning process which will allow it to:

-- Create a campus-like environment;

-- Provide for orderly growth, expansion, and efficient land use; and

-- Establish appropriate pedestrian and vehicular movement and parking patterns.

Parking has a significant impact on the physical development and environment of the campus. Parking demand will continue to increase as a result of planned expansion, displacement of current off-street parking by new construction projects, and removal of on-street parking to handle traffic volume and to facilitate traffic flow. The University strives to provide adequate and convenient parking accompanied by effective vehicular circulation patterns and on-campus transportation in order to attract and support students, faculty, staff, patients, and visitors.

In an effort to properly determine the parking demands for each new building project, building addition, major building function change, or newly leased space and to allocate the associated costs, the following policy is established.

Policy Statement

  1. The Office of Facilities Planning, in collaboration with Auxiliary Services, will determine additional parking requirements generated by each new construction project, addition to an existing building, major functional change to an existing building, or acquisition of leased space.
  2. The calculation of new parking requirements will be based initially on current building gross square footage and functional utilization. The demand for parking on the UAB campus now averages 2.31 parking spaces for each 1,000 gross square feet of building space. Campus buildings, however, have different parking demands based on function utilization, and, therefore, the following functional subcategories have been established to be used in determining the demand for new parking:


 4.80 spaces per 1000 gross square feet


 2.49 spaces per 1000 gross square feet


 2.01 spaces per 1000 gross square feet

--Hospital/Outpatient Services:

 2.16 spaces per 1000 gross square feet
--Other Specialized Space:  To be individually determined

These ratios will be subject to periodic review.
  1. After the Office of Facilities Planning has calculated preliminary parking demands for a building project, renovation, or space to be leased, that office will meet with appropriate representatives to determine if the calculated demand should be modified based on planned utilization of the facility, employee work hours, class schedules, and other factors. In the case of disagreement concerning the projected parking demand, the review process will continue through the normal administrative channels to the level of the President, if required.
  2. After the parking requirements for a project have been finalized, the Office of Facilities Planning, with technical assistance from Auxiliary Services, will determine how much of the new parking demand will be allocated to deck space and how much to surface lot spaces based on defined, University-approved allocation procedures. Cost estimates then will be prepared. If land must be purchased in conjunction with new parking requirements, the proportional cost will be included in the cost calculations.
  3. Once parking demand has been finalized for a new building, building addition, or major renovation, the associated costs for providing that parking will be a separately identified portion of the total building project costs used for internal planning purposes. These parking costs also will be separately identified in each capital project budget and will be integrated into the Five Year Capital Development Program submitted to the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees.
  4. At the point of approval of bids for building construction or building renovation, funds must be transferred to a special Parking Capital Account to fund the approved parking plan for that building. The parking spaces associated with the building project must be available for use as the building or portions thereof are occupied.
  5. In the case of acquisition of leased space, funds must be identified and transferred to the special Parking Capital Account to fund the parking plan before the lease agreement is signed. If parking spaces are a part of the lease arrangement, those spaces may be taken into account in the development of the parking plan and in the identification of ways to meet the parking demand.
  6. The Parking Capital Account will be used, as approved by the President, to construct new parking decks and/or surface parking lots, to acquire property for parking-related purposes, and for other associated activities.