Net-Zero Parking Structure Completes in California

17 May 2011 (Last Updated May 17th, 2011 18:30)

Construction of a $19m net-zero parking structure at Long Beach City College Liberal Arts Campus in Long Beach, California, is now complete. The 900-car parking structure was a design-build project with Choate Parking Consultants as the design partner and McCarthy Building Companies a

Construction of a $19m net-zero parking structure at Long Beach City College Liberal Arts Campus in Long Beach, California, is now complete.

The 900-car parking structure was a design-build project with Choate Parking Consultants as the design partner and McCarthy Building Companies as the general contractor.

The parking structure incorporates a number of green features such as a 2,100-panel solar photovoltaic system on the fifth level, a high-efficiency lighting system, locally supplied concrete containing fly ash and recycling of more than 50% of the construction debris.

A digital car counter was installed at each entrance of the structure to provide alerts concerning parking availability on each level, along with emergency phones and security lighting on all levels to help ensure student safety.

The 27,452m² post-tensioned concrete parking structure is considered the second largest solar installation in the city of Long Beach.

The parking structure will also serve as a live solar learning laboratory to teach students about solar technology.

The project was built with Measure E facilities bond money approved by voters in 2008.