C05 - Explore the First Parksmart Gold Parking Facility

Wednesday, November 20 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM | B302 « Back

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The Gold 1 Garage is a groundbreaking 1000-space, six-story parking facility located adjacent to Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team. The Gold 1 Garage has been awarded Parksmart Gold certification and is the first Parksmart project in the world to achieve the Gold level certification from the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). The garage is situated near Heinz Field, several commercial buildings, and entertainment venues. The garage is also located near the North Side Light Rail Train Station to the east and Allegheny Light Rail Train Station to the west, and the Heritage Trail system in the North Shore.

In addition to its sustainable characteristics, the garage design includes features that enhance its appearance and make it attractive to the Pittsburgh neighborhood. The project includes sustainable features that are not normally found at conventional garages but show the Authority’s commitment to contributing to a more sustainable future for the City of Pittsburgh. The project contains a storm-water management system incorporating bio-swales to help mitigate the combined sewer overflow issues that Pittsburgh experiences. The building, like all of the garages owned by the Authority, has LED lighting driven by sophisticated programming and sensors to balance the lighting needs as daylight and occupancy changes throughout the day. The garage also features 100 free protected bike-parking spaces and repair facilities, as well as a bicycle share station making it a multi-modal facility with easy access to a free light rail system serving downtown. The garage is located in an area that maximizes usage and exemplifies Shared Parking concepts by serving stadium, office, hotel, recreational, hospital, and business commuter customers. Overall, the garage project aimed to be an asset to the community and showcases that any building can be sustainable and well designed. This session is sponsored by GAF

Learning Objectives:

Define and understand the Parksmart Rating System and why Pittsburgh chose to pursue certification

Explain the importance of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in parking structures and how the it is recognized in Measure C5 - EV Charging of Parksmart

Describe why designing for durability is a priority for sustainable parking structures and how it earns points under Measure c17 - Design for Durability of Parksmart

Explain the opportunities and challenges for photovoltaic arrays in parking structures and how they can fulfill the requirements of Parksmart's Measure C16 - Renewable Energy

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Education Tracks: Future-Ready| Resilient and Sustainable

Event Type: Conference Session > Session