The most useful and convenient places to locate major university parking garages are, unfortunately, also the most visible. This project aspires to the dignity of a campus academic building while honestly embracing its humble task of storing 780 cars.
Rather than cloak or screen the mandatory three-bay parking layout, the architects tried to humanize the parking experience itself through choreography of car and pedestrian. The ground-level credit union, storefront parking offices, and a second-level coffee house are strategically located to activate the garage and make it more secure.
Form and texture are derived from manipulating the post-tension structural system most standard with this building type. Flagstones complement the poured-in-place concrete and punched aluminum woven screens.