Sacramento State Parking Structure 5

B6015 Sacramento State Parking Structure 5, 2016


California State University, Sacramento


Sacramento, California




Parksmart Gold, U.S Resiliency Council Gold


1,750 stalls, 529,900 Square Feet, 6 Stories


$36 Million

Delivery Method


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.


2020, Parksmart

Gold Certification

2020, U.S. Resiliency Council

Gold Rating

2019, PCI National

Design AwardsSpecial Award, Sustainable Design

2019, International Parking & Mobility Institute

Award of ExcellenceNew Sustainable Parking and Transportation Facilities

2019, Sacramento Environmental Commission Awards

Outstanding Environmental Leadership

2018, National Parking Institute

Innovative Sustainability Project of the Year

2018, California State University Facilities Management Awards

Overall Best Practice

2018, California State University Facilities Management Awards

Best Practice in Construction Delivery

2018, American Concrete Institute NC/WN Chapter

Structural Award



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