Silver Spring Metro Plaza

Silver Spring, Maryland
Certification Level: 
Parksmart Pioneer
Project Owner: 
Brookfield Properties
Project Size: 
700,000+ square feet and 466 parking spaces
Project Overview: 

Constructed in 1986, the 466-space Silver Spring Metro Plaza garage sits below over 700,000 square feet of office space and ground floor retail. Energy efficiency measures, garage recycling and responsible cleaning practices lessen the facility’s impact on the environment. Additionally, access to the nearby Silver Spring Metro Station, carshare vehicles, EV fueling and bikesharing positions this property as a multimodal hub within the community.

Management highlights

  • Over 50 percent of garage waste diverted from landfills
  • One hundred and twenty percent oversell of spaces through shared parking program
  • Decks cleaned with Green Seal certified cleaners

Program highlights

  • Online reservations reduce patron circling
  • Two carshare vehicles available for patron use
  • Twenty-six percent discount for drivers of alternative fuel vehicles

Technology & structure design highlights

  • Pay-on-foot kiosk reduces vehicle idling on egress
  • Four hours of free electric vehicle charging
  • Ninety-five percent of garage lighting fixtures controlled by occupancy sensors

"How did it change my job? It changed everything. How we buy. Our supplies. How we speak with the tenants in trying to educate them again on cut off lights or don't smoke in the garage, little things like that. Having a bike room. Trying to encourage them to ride their bicycles when they only live two miles away instead of driving." - Marissa Thorne, Building Manager, Brookfield Silver Spring Metro, DC-Metro area