The exterior design of the Emmet Street Parking Deck was very important due to the architectural heritage of UVA’s historical buildings, many of which were designed by Thomas Jefferson. Aesthetically-pleasing buff-colored precast concrete columns and spandrels with thin-set red brick tile make up the façade of the parking deck, while three red brick and glass stair towers and one elevator tower help to visually break up the horizontal length of the structure.

Inside, the garage’s long-span structural system creates clear sight lines, facilitating better surveillance throughout the facility for customers and security personnel.

The structure is situated on a 4.5-acre site that includes a stream, wooded areas, and extensive landscaping, providing a parklike appearance. The stream, which had to be rerouted as part of the construction process, is part of a regional stormwater management system that also includes a retention basin.