Cal Poly Pomona and drivers can toot their horns about Parking Structure 2, which has become the first parking facility in California to earn certification for features that promote green building methods and sustainability.
Parking Structure 2 earned a bronze certificate from Parksmart, which is a component of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Parksmart is the world’s only rating system for sustainable practices in parking structure management, programming, design and technology.
“We are extremely proud of this enormous achievement and the hard work and careful planning that went into this project,” said President Soraya M. Coley. “This is another outstanding example of how Cal Poly Pomona is leading the way in sustainable building practices. Sustainability is at the forefront of the university’s vision and mission.”
Parking Structure 2 opened in September 2016 and added 1,800 spaces. The $41-million facility has three levels and contains features that promote sustainability: solar panels, automatic lighting that dims when people are not present and 24 stations for charging electric vehicles.
The solar panels on the third floor of the structure generate an estimated 8 percent of campus electricity.
In addition to built-in features, university officials also ensured that the construction of the parking structure was as sustainable as possible by using locally sourced concrete, recycling asphalt that had paved former Parking Lot K and hiring local workers to shorten commutes.
The structure on the site of former Parking Lot K was completed by the Cal Poly Pomona Department of Planning, Design & Construction. Sustainability practices also fall within the scope of the department.
The facility also offers Wi-Fi, secure bicycle storage, 13 emergency phones and 77 cameras for security, rideshare parking, and four stops for shuttles, including a stop connecting campus buses to the local transit agency, Foothill Transit.
Parksmart certification recognizes parking structures that promote energy efficiency and performance; reduce environmental impact; stress efficient parking structure management; integrate sustainable mobility services and technologies; offer commuting options; and build community relationships.
LEED provides a framework to create highly efficient, cost-saving green buildings and is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. The Bronco Recreation Intramural Center and The Collins College expansion project both earned LEED gold certification, while the College of Business Administration complex earned LEED silver recognition.