Best Design of a Parking Facility

San Francisco International Airport Long Term Parking 2

  • Owning Agency: San Francisco International Airport
  • General Contractor: Nibbi Brothers General Contractors
  • Architect: DLR Group | Kwan Hemni and FMG
  • Civil Engineer: Telemon Engineering Consultants

California’s San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Long Term Parking 2 was designed to be the most technologically advanced structure of its kind, elevating industry standards through collaboration and sustainability. The six-story, 1.2 million-square-foot parking garage has 3,600 stalls and features an automated parking guidance system that signals drivers about the availa-bility of stalls, an access-and-revenue-control system for reserved parking, and a find-my-car function at pay stations. The structure is 100 percent Wi-Fi accessible, and the team installed backbone conduit risers to accommodate future improvements in cellphone coverage.

The garage has earned Parksmart gold certification—it was designed and built to be over 20 percent electric-vehicle charging capable, with 3 percent of the parking stalls providing charging stations at the facility’s opening. Solar panels cover the roof, creating a net-energy-positive system that powers the garage and additional SFO facilities. A lighting control system reduces energy consumption and can be operated remotely to adjust energy consumption for the gar-age’s elevators and electrical and mechanical systems. A pedestrian and vehicle bridge connects the garage to the adjacent existing parking structure, and the new garage has been de-signed to directly connect to the future AirTrain station and future consolidated rental car facility.