Denver's Mortenson Construction began construction in mid-February on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs parking structure located on Stanton Street on the UCCS campus.
The project, valued at $21 million, is a 1,230-stall, cast-in-place structure that includes an athletic field on the top level. Mortenson is leading a design-build team that includes architects Davis Partnership, engineers Martin/Martin, ME Engineers and Parking Consultants LLC.
The project is unique in that it will be built into the side of an existing hill that leads to an arroyo, which will be protected and preserved. Pedestrians will enter the field on the high side of the structure from Stanton Street, with parking four levels below. Retaining walls will create an area of natural ventilation, eliminating the need for exhaust fans.
Additional sustainable features include LED lighting, occupancy and daylight sensors. Artificial turf will eliminate the need to water and fertilize the field. The garage is designed to act as an inviting gateway into the west campus and will provide parking for students living on campus and users of the recreational center. The project will also provide an outdoor gathering space adjacent to the field.
The structure is scheduled for completion in March 2014.