USG’s Parking Garage 2: Sustainability in Parking Garage Construction
Reflecting The Universities at Shady Grove’s (USG) commitment to sustainability, the soon-to-be-completed Parking Garage 2 is the first project in the country to submit an application to the newly established Green Parking Council to be recognized for its sustainable design, technology, construction, and management.
Located in Rockville, Maryland, the 5-level, 700 space, precast concrete parking structure occupies a strategic corner of the USG campus and, as such, has been carefully placed on this constrained site so that it allows a significant foreground towards the prominent intersection, while using a portion of the existing campus entrance for the vehicular entrance to the first level. The siting also provides ample room along the southern and northern façades for site improvements and landscaping.
Sustainable features include:*
- Photo voltaic panels mounted on the roof of the garage will generate onsite renewable energy
- LED lighting with occupancy sensors will be utilized to conserve energy
- 85% of construction waste will be recycled or reused in the garage
- 75% of construction materials–along with a large portion of the labor force–will be sourced regionally, saving on fuel emissions
- 5 stormwater management facilities surround the garage to treat storm runoff
- Covered bike racks and a bike self-serve station will be included in the facility
- Fuel efficient vehicle and carpooling spaces will be available to promote ecofriendliness
- Facilities Management will proactively maintain the structure once construction is complete.
Donley’s is serving USG as the Design/Builder, working with Ayers Saint Gross (architect) and Walker Parking Consultants (structural engineer and parking consultant). The project is right on schedule to open in March 2016.
*To learn more about USG’s Parking Garage 2 sustainable features, please visit USG’s website.