Avenue Parking Garage|
Jonathan Parks Architect
1471 5th Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Date Bid: Oct 2009 Construction Period: Apr 2010 to Feb
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.
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
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
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.
Window, Entrances & Storefronts: SMI Aluminum Systems