Construction continues on parking garage near J.W. Ruby Hospital

MORGANTOWN — No rain delays when you’re building a parking garage, Joe Racz said Thursday.

Racz is a project manager with Carl Walker Construction Co., the Pittsburgh firm that is putting up the new structure on the Willowdale Road entrance of J.W. Ruby Hospital.

The six-story, 810-space parking garage is expected to be completed in August. Racz said.

Racz said workers are “pushing through,” even with north-central West Virginia’s notoriously unpredictable weather.

A covered pedestrian bridge crossing over Willowdale to Milan Puskar Stadium will also be a feature of the garage.

Another parking garage is planned for a spot near WVU’s Mountaineer Station at Van Voorhis Road.

Both garages, which are scheduled for occupancy in 2020, will be employee-only, said Albert Wright, president and CEO of West Virginia University Health System.

But that frees up other spaces for patients and visitors in existing lots, he said.

“Parking at Ruby Memorial has been a concern for a long time,” he said.

“And as we’ve experienced growth in our cancer, heart and vascular, neuroscience and pediatric service lines,

it has become an even bigger challenge.”

That’s why the projects were prescribed, he said.

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