Center Street Parking Garage

The City of Berkeley's Downtown Art District has blossomed into a popular destination for local and regional visitors who arrive mostly by public transportation, bike or car to attend events at venues like Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Freight & Salvage, and The Jazz School, or patronize the burgeoning number of restaurants, bars, movie theatres, and stores. The original 1950's garage on this primo downtown site in the heart of the Arts District was not only insufficient in parking capacity, but was woefully below current day seismic safety standards. The replacement net zero energy building includes ground level retail art gallery and it incorporates public art into its facade design. The center street garage is projected to re-open fall 2017.

The design  features “rooftop solar panels, high-efficiency color changing LED lighting, a rainwater collection system to bio-filter and store water for irrigation. It will also be the hub of a micro-grid that provides emergency power.” Covering a footprint of 128 feet by 258 ½ feet, the garage is 92 ½ feet tall,  designed as a “double helix” parked on-ramp structure with car sharing parking, electric vehicle charging and bike parking. Vehicle access will be from 3 lanes on both Center and Addison Streets, and all lanes will be flexible to allow for multiple entry and exit lanes as determined by use. Vehicle circulation will be on an inclined ramp for both ascending and descending vehicles. The garage’s design will effectively move cars through the structure.

 

 


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