Cal Poly Pomona has a long history of promoting sustainable practices and environmental awareness. Parking Structure 2 was designed, built and is operated with those things in mind and the University is proud to have achieved Parksmart certification at the Bronze Level for its newest 1,818-space parking structure.
The $41 million three-level garage opened in September 2016. The facility was designed with a number of sustainable factors including solar panels on the top level, a naturally ventilated lower (below ground) level, 24 electric vehicle charging stations, bicycle storage rooms, LED dimmable lighting, drought-tolerant landscaping and a state-of-the-art rainwater collection system. When considering factors to achieve Parksmart certification, university project managers ensured that labor and materials were from local sources and that recycled content was used to the fullest extent possible.
According to Michael Biagi, the University’s Director of Parking and Transportation Services, “Our achievement of this milestone for the University is a strong indicator of the partnerships that existed within the project team that designed and built the structure. We remain committed to operating this facility using the most sustainable practices, products and methods available.”
For many years Cal Poly Pomona has been recognized by national institutions such as The Princeton Review for its efforts to incorporate a sustainable focus on everything that happens on campus. Other buildings on campus that have earned LEED certification include the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Center, The Collins College and the College of Business Administration complex.
Cal Poly Pomona went through a rigorous process to ensure its newest parking structure would meet the standards outlined in the Parksmart certification program and is excited to be the first educational institution west of the Mississippi to have attained certification under Parksmart.