This 6-level, 463,000 sq. ft. pre-cast parking structure is located on the Northern Arizona University campus. The garage, consisting of 1,395 parking spaces and 80 bicycle spaces with personal lockers, will provide faculty, staff, student, and visitor parking at the core of the campus. Designed using LEED standards as a guideline, the garage is designed to accommodate a photovoltaic generating system, including electrical conduit and solar inverter room on the 6th level. Original design studies analyzed placement of additions on the north and west elevations. Functions included campus store, post office, student services and a small dining venue. In order to accommodate these additions, the natural ventilation required by the garage was designed in a manner to allow all six levels of the west elevation and approximately 50% of the north elevation to be closed off. Direct-access to safe pedestrian circulation areas is provided for all handicapped parking stalls eliminating the need to enter vehicle circulation lanes. Additionally, at-grade handicapped parking spaces have direct-access to exterior pedestrian circulation paths.
Selecting a college or university usually comes down to location and academic programs. However, an increasing number of students and their families are looking for the quality, type, and standard of living offered by student housing communities as one of the deciding factors. Secure and well-maintained housing facilities support the recruiting process and greatly assist universities in attracting and retaining highly qualified students. From years of planning and designing college and university facilities (both public and private), we believe that all spaces should be created with the end user in mind, especially when designing learning environments. Human-centered design focuses on people and how they will use the space, for growth and development, social interaction and living and learning. These should be spaces of inspiration, to supply students with the tools they need to succeed in today’s ever-changing world. At Todd & Associates, we are continually looking for innovative ways to improve the design of student housing communities. By exploring new ideas and processes, such as the multi-phased process of the 21st Century Project of ACUHO (Association of College and University Housing Officials), we are ensuring that these communities better reflect the ever-changing roles their residences play in the collegiate experience.