LEED v3 BD+C (Core & Shell) Gold
The City of Santa Monica (CoSM) Parking Structure in downtown Santa Monica serves several
major local and tourist destinations.
The public realm at Second Street is a dynamic overlap of retail, pedestrians, bikers, motorists,
landscaping, and opportunities to sit and rest. But with this innovative structure, the public realm does
not stop at the ground floor, it continues up along the entire building face via an exterior diagonal
stair. This dynamic circulation zone at the façade invites all parking patrons to make their way to
Second Street, reducing way-finding confusion, which plagues most parking garages.
Patrons cascade up and down the exterior stair, weaving in and out of the plane of the façade. The
façade is pulled away at the stair, safely bringing the movement of people to the fore. This serves a
twofold purpose: to ensure safety in visibility and offer unique ocean views.
From the street, the highly transparent façade appears busy with the passage of people, and the
constant, ever-changing backdrop of cars. This dynamic façade not only provides a functional lighting
aspect for the parking structure, it also creates a strong identity, enlivening the streetscape.
Water-saving sanitary appliances
Sustainable building materials
Low-emitting materials and finishes
Designed to be energy-saving with low operating costs, the city's most sustainable parking structure features a powerful solar panel system and energy efficient lighting with sensors; its interior filters and maximizes natural light. It is pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, accessible to those with disabilities, and offers electric vehicle (EV) chargers on all levels. Its cutting edge equipment and other amenities minimize egress congestion and functionality.
The façade functions as a light-enhancement screen which is carefully crafted to bring light deep into the building structure, eliminating harsh glare at the edge. This screen is composed of metal panels, which are folded outward to catch and redirect high angle sunlight into the depths of the structure.
The portion of the façade that remains unfolded is perforated to allow for the passage of low angle light directly into the garage and to provide a high degree of visual transparency. This combination allows a greater amount of light to enter the garage over a longer period.
The new structure features 744 parking spaces, 30 electric vehicle charging stations (with room for 130 more in the future), 80 kw of solar panels on the roof and enclosed bike racks on the ground level accommodating 72 bikes in addition to the bike bollards on 2nd Street sidewalk which hold 40 bikes.
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City of Santa Monica and Morley Builders
Behnisch Architekten , Studio Jantzen , International Parking Design
Building services engineer:
Levine Seegal Associates , Mark Seegel , Anil Shinde , Gary Pope
Levine Seegal Associates
Green certification consultant:
Brightworks Gaia Development , Annie Argento
Morley Construction Company