Project profile: Bank of America Plaza

Nora Knox
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Parksmart is the world’s only rating system designed to advance sustainable mobility through smarter parking structure design and operation. Developed by industry experts, Parksmart offers a roadmap for new and existing parking facilities to use innovative, solutions-oriented strategies. Points are awarded to parking structures for forward-thinking and sustainable practices in three categories: management, programs and technology structure design.

Parksmart garages use energy-efficient lighting and ventilation systems, guidance systems that help drivers find parking faster, idle-reduction technologies, electric vehicle fueling stations, carsharing, bicycle parking and stormwater management practices. The high-performance structures, technologies and practices of Parksmart-certified garages reduce energy consumption, maximize performance and minimize waste, and they encourage biking, carsharing, carpooling and alternative fuel vehicles.

Bank of America Plaza

Los Angeles, California
Owner: Brookfield
Operator: ABM Parking Services

The 2,128-space Bank of America Plaza Garage serves a 55-story office tower in downtown Los Angeles. Situated on a four-acre site with a lush garden and open seating area, this facility serves as a hub for the surrounding community. Energy-efficient lighting and ventilation systems and green cleaning practices contribute to this facility’s low-impact operations. The garage’s low-emitting vehicle spaces, bicycle parking amenities and electric vehicle fueling stations all allow patrons to easily take advantage of more sustainable transportation options.

Management highlights:

  • Over 125 percent oversell of spaces through shared parking program
  • Over 50 percent of garage waste diverted from landfill
  • Over 60 percent of labor for most recent construction project was from local sources

Program highlights:

  • Placemaking initiatives include a farmers market and arts and music events
  • Two hybrid carshare vehicles are available for patron use
  • 100 bicycle parking spaces are available for patron use

Technology structure design highlights:

  • 10 Level 2 charging ports available for patrons
  • 65 CO sensors ensure ventilation only runs when needed
  • Lighting fixtures controlled by advanced programmable system

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