Forest Home Garage at Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
Certification Level: 
Parksmart Pioneer
Project Owner: 
Cornell University
Project Operator: 
Cornell University
Project Consultant: 
Desman Associates
Project Size: 
95,500 square feet and 254 parking spaces
Project Overview: 

Constructed in 2009, Forest Home Garage is part of the parking system at Cornell University, which hosts a population of 30,000 (inclusive of 20,000 students) and manages 10,000 parking spaces.

This garage contributes to a campus wide initiative to reach carbon neutrality by 2035 by incorporating energy efficient measures in the construction of this cast-in-place garage. The 254-space garage encourages bike usage and offers public spaces for place-making.

Management highlights

  • Campus wide parking plan with a demand management including more than 200 percent oversubscription of permits
  • Active member of ITCTC transportation management organization
  • ASHRAE Building Systems Commissioning

Program highlights

  • Public space place-making with green space, open courtyards and benches, and hosting of a series of annual events
  • Financial incentives for ride share patrons
  • Bike commuting encouraged with extensive bike parking (12 percent), restrooms, showers and fountains. Extensive campus-wide bike sharing program integrated into garage marketing and operations

Technology & structure design highlights

  • Permit system provides rapid access with reduced exit idling
  • Landscape areas are populated with water efficient plantings
  • Highly efficient LED dimmable lighting system controlled by timers and photo sensors