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  Palm Avenue Parking GaragePalm Avenue Parking Garage


Jonathan Parks Architect
1471 5th Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

General Description

Location: Sarasota, Florida
Date Bid: Oct 2009 Construction Period: Apr 2010 to Feb 2011
LEED-CS (Core & Shell) v2009 Gold®
Total Square Feet: 287,040 Site: 1.25 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 6-floor parking garage.
Building Size: First floor, 47,840; second floor, 47,840; each additional floor, 47,840, total, 287,040 square feet.
Building Height: First floor 17’; second floor, 10’; each additional floor, 10’; floor to floor, 10’; penthouse, 12’; total, 69’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, cast-in-place concrete.
Roof: Cast-in-place concrete. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, cast-in-place concrete.
Projected and/or Modeled Energy Usage: 369,435 KWH/yr.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Walter P. Moore & Associates, Inc. - 201 East Kennedy Boulevard, #300, Tampa, FL 33602
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. - 5237 Summerlin Commons Boulevard, #222, Fort Myers, FL 33907
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: TLC Engineering for Architecture - 1400 Colonial Boulevard, #203, Fort Myers, FL 33907
Landscape Architect & Civil Engineer: Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. - 2601 Cattleman Road, #200, Sarasota, FL 34232
Parking Consultant: DKS Associates, Inc. - 12000 N. Dale Mabry Highway, #112, Tampa, FL 33618
Eco Consulting: Carlson Studio-Eco Consulting - 1613 Fruitville Road, #1, Sarasota, FL 34236

Situated on a prominent urban site central to shopping, the arts and business establishments, this project was designed for the City of Sarasota. The challenge was to design a signature mixed-use building that would become a portrait of the Sarasota community. The resulting design solution needed to welcome civic input and capture the spirit of the local artistic culture.

To achieve this, the facade is designed in a curvaceous, free-form sculptural style that reflects the area's artistic and modern environment. Located one block from Sarasota Bay, the organic contours of the exterior surface resemble the wind-filled sails of a ship. This design gesture reflects Sarasota's past and present connection with the waters of the bay.

Specifically relating to the programmatic and aesthetic needs of the garage, the sails are designed to let natural light and ventilation into all parking levels while screening the vehicles from public view. This is important in creating a welcoming and safe environment while providing a structure that "does not look like a parking garage". Decorative lights project onto the exterior sails; multi-colored gels provide the ability to "paint" them a variety of colors relating to holidays and the seasons.

Addressing the urban nature of the site, the project holistically enhances the walkability of downtown. The ground level includes variety along the retail space, enhancing the pedestrian experience. Awnings and gumbo limbo trees provide shade. Serving as the transition from the garage to street level, an outdoor "lobby" continues the dynamic architectural dialogue with the pedestrian. A playful, sculptural stair design announces each visitor's arrival and encourages them to use the stairs.

Efficient vehicle circulation is achieved by designing slightly angled parking spaces and a wide-open express ramp free of parked cars. In addition, a one-way traffic flow reduces vehicle conflict and enables easy maneuvering in and out of parking spaces. A simple floor plan, identical on each level, facilitates motorists' ability to navigate. The cast-in-place design eliminates shear walls and columns between parking spaces, while an open floor plan with high ceilings creates a bright, airy atmosphere that helps with visitor spatial orientation. The parking garage has spaces for 743 cars including 4 electric-car vehicle spaces, slots for 35 motorcycles, and accommodations for 74 bicycles with both long and short-term storage.

The elevator/stairway area on each floor includes culturally-themed murals painted by local and international artists. From the sixth floor, the themes are theatre, opera, music, film, and dance capturing the spirit of Sarasota's artistic heritage while also enhancing way-finding.

The project is LEED-CS v2009 Gold. Green components include an underground retention vault and cistern to store and treat storm water runoff from the site. A portion of the water is reused for the irrigation system. Interior materials surpass LEED
® requirements for off-gassings of VOC's and other toxic chemicals. Energy consumption is reduced with LED lighting and an energy management system that only provides artificial light when and where it is needed. A solar carport is located on the roof and plug-ins for electric vehicles are provided on the first floor.

Product Information
Window, Entrances & Storefronts: SMI Aluminum Systems
Elevators: ThyssenKrupp
Lighting: Beta

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