Northern Arizona University San Francisco Parking Structure
Client: Northern Arizona University
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
The design of this 6-level, 463,000 SF pre-cast parking structure created additional parking for faculty, students, and visitor at the core of NAU’s campus. San Francisco Parking Structure comprises 1,395 parking spaces and 100 bicycle spaces. Unique amenities include 17 electric vehicle charging stations and 88 lockers. There are 12 spaces for motorcycle parking on the 1st and 2nd levels. Designed using LEED standards, it accommodates a photovoltaic generating system, including an electrical conduit and a solar inverter room on the 6th level. Master planning to the north and west of the garage includes a campus store, post office, student services, and a small dining venue. 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 accessible parking spaces have direct-access to exterior pedestrian circulation paths.
College & University
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.