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Downtown Parking Structure Façade Improvements

Parking Structures 1-6 in the Bayside District are prominent, visible facilities which give visitors their first impression of the area and have contributed to the success of the Third Street Promenade. In line with the DownTown Parking plan, Pugh + Scarpa Architects was hired to design façade improvements for the six downtown parking structures, including artist design façade components for Structures 2, 4, and 5.  Pugh + Scarpa Architects and Cliff Garten, artist, developed a design that created a maximum impact within available funding; it was designed to be mindful of on-going maintenance requirements, and to address broader design and artistic goals as part of the repainting of the parking structures.  The developed design includes painting the ceilings of all six garages with vivid color gradients unique to each of the structures, enhanced lighting and refurbished pedestrian and vehicular signage at access points. The concept is a simple and economical way to enhance the appearance and differentiate the garages from one another. Parking Structures 2, 4 and 5 which are the structures to remain, will receive artistic elements including entry signs and the light tubes at the vehicle entrances.  This project also includes installation of parking space counter kiosks at all six downtown structures.


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