Bellevue University hired Hawkins to enhance the Lower Bruin parking lot and bring it up to modern standards. Prior to construction, the lot was severely undersized and lacked the required driving lanes and ADA access. The initial plan was to complete it in two phases, with completion scheduled before students arrived for Fall semester. In 2015, however, Bellevue had 53 days of rain, which meant plans had to be changed.
Hawkins advised their client that the only way to meet the original completion date was to start the second phase simultaneously with the first. By reworking the schedule in this fashion, they met the demanding deadline by working 12-hour days and every weekend.
Hawkins first demolished the existing asphalt lot, and then provided new concrete paving and underground electrical utilities, as well as storm sewer and water lines. Additional work included new light poles and site lighting, paving, sidewalks, drives, sidewalks, pavers, retaining walls, trash enclosure, landscaping, site irrigation, and a new entrance.
The new lot has specific drive lanes and islands as well as safe entrances from adjoining streets. Hawkins added 25 parking stalls, including dedicated ADA parking, and architectural concrete decorative walls. Hawkins also built foundations for four 25-foot tall sculptures purchased by the university. These sculptures – looking like large pieces of a puzzle – are back-lit at night with colored LED lighting. They were created by Placzek Sculpture of Omaha, who also created sculptures for the Century Link West Entrance and Methodist Children’s Hospital.