1st LEED PARKING GARAGE: Santa Monica Civic Center
By Frederick Carle on April 14th, 2008
This beautiful and colorful building is the parking garage of the Santa Monica Civic Center. This building is on its way to becoming the first LEED certified parking garage in the United States. In fact, the building meets and in some cases exceeds many of the US Green Building Council’s LEED guidelines. With it’ roof covered with solar photovoltaic panels to provide shade to the top level, it generates clean and renewable energy.
The parking building will provide 900 parking spaces with it’s six aboce ground levels including an 1/2 below ground level. To be noted, only 14 parking spaces are devoted to electric vehicles. There’s also free bicycle storage available to “encourage alternate transportation modes.