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The RossDrulisCusenbery and Watry Design, Inc. team were selected to conduct a Site Evaluation Study for a parking garage and a new Public Safety Building (PSB) that would house Palo Alto’s Police, Fire and Emergency Services offices. The study included architectural programs, PSB options, Parking Structure options and cost estimates. Each of the resulting three parking structure options included a minimum of 460 parking spaces and construction cost estimates.

The parking structure site on California Avenue that was ultimately selected by the City will also support the business district. RossDrulisCusenbery and Watry Design, Inc. team was asked to design the 636 stall structure in conjunction with the Public Safety Building.

The structure will feature a grand staircase and a green canopy that acts as a gateway to the PSB. Public art will also be featured within the structure.

Sustainable features of the new garage will include green screens, covered bike parking, photovoltaic panels, EV charging stations for 32 spaces and provisions for an additional 128 in the future. A parking guidance system featuring red and green lights to identify available parking stalls will guide users to an open space.

Project Details

  • Owner: City of Palo Alto
  • Design Architect: RossDrulisCusenbery Architecture, Inc.
  • Contractor: Swinerton
  • Project Status: Completed 2020
  • Parking Stalls: 627
  • Levels: 6
  • Total Sq Ft: 213,800
  • Sq Ft per Stall: 341
  • Total Project Cost: $41,980266
  • Per Stall Cost: $66,954