With more than 1.2 million annual visitors, the San Antonio Zoo faced a significant challenge in accommodating parking for zoo patrons as well as neighboring attractions in the surrounding Brackenridge Park area. The area also faced significant congestion and pedestrian safety issues caused by visitors searching for an open parking space. Watry Design and Douglas Architects were selected to design the programming documents for a parking structure that will alleviate congestion and provide an enjoyable visitor experience.
To meet demand, the project will require 600 spaces be provided on four or more levels. The design will accommodate additional parking levels in the future. A green screen along Tuleta Drive and Highway 281 will screen cars from view. To provide a welcoming environment for visitors, the structure will include themed and color coded signage along with provisions for public art in the form of a large monarch butterfly that will be visible from the highway. Because the garage will at times provide event parking for the Zoo and Alamo Stadium and Convocation Center, emphasis was placed on the need for efficient vehicular and pedestrian circulation.
While parking will largely be provided for free, provisions for both Parking Guidance and Parking Access and Revenue Control Systems will be included in the design.
- Owner: City of San Antonio
- Design Architect: Douglas Architects
- Project Status: Early Design
- Parking Stalls: 600
- Levels: 4
- Total Sq Ft: 210,000
- Sq Ft per Stall: 330
- Total Project Cost: $8,000,000
- Per Stall Cost: $13,500