Award of Merit for Architectural Design: Sierra College Rocklin Parking Structure
When Sierra College began implementing their new Facilities Master Plan, structured parking was the crucial first piece to support development of new science, public safety and student services buildings planned for the Rocklin Campus. Construction of the parking structure was vital to supporting the new campus.
The resulting 488,000 square foot Rocklin Parking Structure provides 1,500 parking stalls on five levels. The garage’s location, off a main highway, provides convenient access to both existing buildings and the planned expansion while diverting traffic away from the center of campus.
The structure’s size created ventilation challenges. To allow for natural ventilation while providing aesthetic appeal, the design team utilized perforated, replaceable banners to provide color and architectural interest. This has the added benefit of creating a façade that serves as a creative canvas. Custom banners can be changed to celebrate events, seasons and welcome visitors to the campus. Vertical fins create contrast with the concrete finish, and the elevator panels are clad with fiber cement wood panels. A lit metal signboard spanning all five levels spells out the college’s name and serves as a wayfinding device. Elevator lobbies are color-coded to help users remember where they parked.
Pay-on-foot stations within the structure were designed to seamlessly integrate with parking on the rest of campus. Provisions are included for a future parking guidance system with directional and level-by-level dynamic signage to display available parking counts.
Sustainable elements of the structure include 20 EV charging stalls, with provisions for an additional 67 in the future. Structural loads and columns were designed to accommodate future photovoltaic panels on the roof, and electrical rooms are sized to handle future panels and equipment.