Parking Structure 2 has received a second highly coveted award for sustainability less than two years after its opening.
Representatives from the Cal Poly Pomona Department of Planning, Design & Construction and Parking & Transportation Services accepted the Award for New Sustainable Parking & Transportation Facilities Excellence from the International Parking Institute (IPI) at the association’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida.
“The competition this year was fiercer than ever, which confirms how rapidly the state of the art of parking and mobility is evolving,” said IPI CEO Shawn Conrad. “When we think we’ve seen it all, something inevitably comes along to surprise us.
“This year’s winners have approached a wide variety of challenges with creativity and innovative thinking – and collectively elevate the parking experience for users in all kinds of ways,” said Conrad.
Entries in the annual competition were judged by a panel consisting of architects, parking experts, and city, airport and university officials.
Parking Structure 2 contains 1,800 spaces and was designed and built with the university’s long history of promoting sustainable practices and environmental awareness at the forefront.
The $41-million facility’s array of solar panels, a naturally ventilated below-ground floor, 24 electric-vehicle charging stations, dimmable LED lighting, drought-tolerant landscaping and a state-of-the-art rainwater collection system were cited by the judging panel.
Aside from the built-in features, the panel also lauded the parking structure for utilizing green-building methods that included using locally sourced concrete, recycling asphalt that had paved former Parking Lot K and hiring local workers to shorten commutes.
Cal Poly Pomona was one of three universities to receive awards for sustainable facilities at the June 6 ceremony. Structures at Stanford University and the University of Texas also were honored. Bomel Construction Company Inc. was the contractor for Parking Structure 2.
Last October, Parking Structure 2 became the first parking facility in California to earn a certificate from Parksmart for sustainability and methods that promote green building practices. Parksmart is a component of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
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.
Construction of Parking Structure 2, which sits on the former Parking Lot K, was overseen by the Cal Poly Pomona Department of Planning, Design & Construction. Sustainability practices also fall within the scope of the department.