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Parking Magazine: Parking and Recreation at Stanford University

Original Source:  "Greener Parking: Parking and Recreation at Stanford University" by Matt Davis for Parking Magazine

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As Stanford University continues to densify to meet the needs of a growing student base, preserving green space is a top priority. When more parking was needed to meet current demand at Stanford University, it was important to keep Roble Field intact. Roble Field is an open grass space for students to gather, relax, and enjoy sports.

The resulting garage not only preserves the field, but also virtually eliminates the perception of a below-grade parking structure. To support the natural turf field, 24 inches of lightweight engineered soil was used to minimize structure load.

Built For The Future

In addition to a green roof, the 1,162-stall, 5-level below-grade structure provides 52 EV car charging stations on Level P1. In preparation for future demand, level P2 through P5 contain provisions for an additional 84 EV car charging stations.

Incentives Make Positive Impact

The facility also offers recycling programs and provisions for dynamic signage at the field level. Ridesharing incentives and a shared parking program round out the offering.

PARKING STALLS: 1,033 
LEVELS: 4 
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 500,000, INCLUDING FIELD 
ARCHITECT, STRUCTURAL ENGINEER, AND PARKING PLANNER: WATRY DESIGN, INC. 
COST: $45.2 MILLION, INCLUDING FIELD

About the Author

Matt Davis has been creating parking solutions for over 15 years. He has worked on over 50 parking projects and is a certified Parksmart Advisor. In addition to delivering projects to satisfied clients, Matt’s projects, such as the Tustin Metrolink Station Parking Structure and the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Parking Structure, have received recognition from the International Parking Institute and other associations. An active participant in the International Parking Institute and the Pacific Intermountain Parking & Transportation Association, Matt has penned and spoken on a number of industry topics, such as Healthcare Parking as the First Line of Customer Service, Green Parking, Transit Parking Best Practices, the Future of Parking, Retrofitting Parking and Right Sizing Parking.

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