Located by the main entrance to the Sacramento State campus, Parking Structure 5 (PS5) is designed to blend and complement the dense trees of the nearby arboretum. The 1,750 stall, six-level parking structure serves a campus in dire need of parking, and provides a structure exceeding the quality and efficiency of any of the previous parking facilities.
The structure’s skin creates a dialog with the surrounding trees. The facade is dressed with vertical fins painted in tints of green. The thousands of individual square fins are a digital representation of nature, and form patterns like leaves of a tree canopy overhead. Covering the three upper levels of the structure, precast concrete is textured with a pattern that nods to the rough bark of the birch trees.
Serving a sizable percentage of the campus’ parking need, automobile circulation is designed to move traffic into the structure as efficiently as possible with queuing space off-street to handle periods of high volume. The technology, design, innovations, placemaking and conservation programs implemented at PS5 contributed to a Parksmart Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the highest-performing, most-sustainable parking structure on campus and the first garage in the 23-campus CSU system to meet the certification standard. It has also earned a Gold certification from the United States Resiliency Council, which rates structures for safety, damage and recovery time in a seismic event.