DESMAN received the 2013 IPI Award of Excellence Category VI Award for New Sustainable Parking and Transportation Facilities Excellence for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Parking Structure in Golden, CO. Steve R. (Chicago) and Craig R. (Denver) received the award on behalf of DESMAN.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus in Golden, CO added an 1,800 space parking structure, security building and bus shelter to their campus to provide centralized parking for employees who work on campus, many of whom were previously parking offsite and taking shuttles to and from NREL.
The parking facility is an open, five-level concrete frame with a steel roof canopy for the mounting of a photovoltaic (PV) array. It is an unique combination of an attractive structure that’s both affordable and high performing. It performs 90% better than a standard garage just built to code. It features energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and blends in with the natural landscape and is designed for maximum sustainability achieving net-zero energy use. The structure also produces excess solar power for a nearby office building. The structural system has very high level of durability and a service life span of approximately 60 years. NREL proves that large garages can be designed and built sustainably at no additional cost.
Congratulations to Hoshi Engineer (Structural Engineer of Record), Yury Swetin (Structural Engineer), Craig Racey (Structural Project Engineer), and Scot Martin (Functional Planner, Signage, and Parking Equipment Designer) for all of their hard work on NREL!