First LEED Certified Parking Garage

As oxymoronic as it sounds, there is a parking garage that is considered “green”. “How?” you ask. Designers Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners, constructed the garage, which is on its way to being the first LEED Certified parking structure in the USA. The structure provides 900 parking spaces (14 of which are devoted to electric vehicles) throughout six levels of above ground parking and one and a half levels of below ground parking. Free bicycle storage is also available to encourage alternate transportation. The parking garage, which is the Santa Monica Civic Center parking structure, has a solar panel arrangement that provides all of the building’s energy needs. Not only is the building energy efficient, it also contains many sustainable features such as a storm drain water treatment system, recycled construction materials, low-VOC paints and coatings, low-e glazing for heating and cooling efficiency, and energy efficient mechanical systems. The Glass Association of North America also awarded the firm a design award based on the use of laminated glass panels.

Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell [ Via: Inhabitat ]


  • Shiella says:

    I think the parking garage will looks beautiful at night.

  • krzh says:

    I think it will look “beautiful” ONLY at night

  • drone says:

    hmm, ive driven by this many times in the last year and few times this year too, and it is very, (hate to use the phrase:) underwhelming. It looks ‘beautiful’ on rainy nights, with all the reflections on the wet road.

  • emschelle says:

    pretty in pictures, looks a bit uggo from the street-

  • dennis pike says:

    is this really the country’s first LEED parking structure? I heard that the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Detroit parking structure was LEED certified a couple years ago. Correct me if I’m wrong,,,,,, I would rather be enlightened than ……….

  • Looks really great at night … Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Very cool design, but it’d have been a HECK of alot more environmentally friendly if it’d been automated. Our automated parking system diminishes the carbon footprint of a parking garage to basically zero, and qualifies for 11 LEED points as an element of a property.

  • Maria says:

    Very interesting and nice design.

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