Understanding that a people-centric environment can affect passenger experience, the San Diego International Airport extended this philosophy beyond the terminal to its parking.
The new parking plaza opened in May and provides 2,901 stalls. The plaza offers state-of-the-art technology, a convenient location, and an environment designed for people — not just cars.
Building In Parking Efficiencies
Before passengers arrive at the airport, they can reserve spaces in advance online or through a mobile app.
Upon arrival, passengers and visitors are greeted by an adaptable PARCS system that provides flexible payment options. This includes a variable pricing structure and rewards for frequent travelers.
Dynamic signage identifies how many spaces are available per level. A red and green light parking guidance system identifies space-by-space availability, helping parkers find a space more easily.
Creating A Memorable Experience
Once users have transitioned from drivers to pedestrians, the parking plaza provides a uniquely San Diegan experience.
The top level of the structure provides magnificent views of the harbor and downtown.
Three expansive light wells clad with public art overlook courtyards that provide a relaxing transition from the structure to the terminal.
Commitment To Sustainability
In addition to creating the best possible experience for passengers, the airport also saw the parking plaza as an opportunity to further its commitment to sustainability.
The plaza energy-efficient lighting, EV charging stations, and a storm-water re-use system that captures and treats rainwater.
The Swinerton Builders, Watry Design, and Gensler design-build team worked extensively with the airport to create an excellent parking experience for passengers.