2020 AOE Winner: The Center Street Garage

Best Design of a Mixed or Multi-use Parking & Transportation Facility Excellence in Architectural Design

The Center Street Garage

  • Owning Agency: City of Berkeley, Calif.
  • Architect of Record: International Parking Design, Inc.
  • Overall Construction, Contractor, and Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Facade Design: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
  • Lighting Engineer: Architecture and Light
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The Center Street Garage has been hailed by Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin as “probably the greenest parking garage in California” thanks to its endless environmentally sustainable features. The garage includes 480 rooftop solar panels, electric-vehicle charging stations, a rainwater collection cistern, and stormwater treatment vegetation. The aggressive efforts to reduce energy use beat California’s Title 24 energy standards by 15 percent.

Easily accessible by mass transit, bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers, the new structure provides 720 spaces for cars and 350 spaces for bikes. The garage features an art exhibit space, café, bike valet, public restrooms, a state-of-the-art security system, and a parking count system with red and green indicator lights designating open spaces. It also houses a bike-share network and includes a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) bike station with bicycle-equipment repair shop and 55 secured bicycle spaces. Graphic color schemes throughout the facility provide easy visibility for wayfinding.