Aug 29, 2016

Completed by the design-build team of Pinkard Construction, H+L Architecture and Carl Walker, Inc., the $15.2 million facility is a 222,000 square foot, 662-car, four-story precast structure on the southeast corner of the CSU campus. The first three levels opened in early August and the fourth level opened Friday, August 26th a full week ahead of schedule following completion of work on the canopy rooftop, which shelters the drive-ramp from weather and accommodates future installation of photo-voltaic panels.

In addition to the solar-panel-ready roof, facility users will find the latest parking technology, including color-coded lights that indicate open parking spaces. Digital entrance signs alert parkers to the number of spaces open on each level, thus reducing vehicle emissions associated with circling the garage looking for open spaces. The garage also sports six charging stations for electric vehicles.

Pay-per-hour spaces are linked to WayToPark, an app that provides users with a quick, online payment option that accepts credit cards.

The new parking structure is serviced by two elevators, and features a sandstone veneer exterior with curtainwall systems at each of the three structural steel stair cores. Foundations are cast-in-place with drilled piers.

The new structure repurposes a surface lot located between College Avenue and Mason Street, and Lake and Pitkin streets, adjacent to the Alumni Center and University Square. It provides access to the MAX, the Oval and the future medical center.

This design-build project with H+L Architecture featured a guaranteed maximimum price at the RFP stage, and required the Pinkard/H+L design-build team to develop DD-level bridging documents to the fixed GMP.

The project completed on time and under budget. Construction was conducted on a tight site amid considerable pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

About Pinkard Construction: With 54 years headquartered in the Colorado Front Range, Pinkard Construction Company is a leader in design-build and CM/GC services. For more information, please contact Jim Mellor at 303.986.4555 or visit our website at

H+L Architecture is an innovative design firm that has established a diverse national portfolio over the past half-century, positioning itself as a leader among healthcare, education, advanced industries and senior life. Comprised of 60 architects, intern architects, interior designers, LEED Accredited professionals, and administrative staff; H+L has been in business for over 52 years. 

Carl Walker, Inc. is one of the most respected parking consulting firms in the nation with a strong reputation for providing real value in assessing parking needs for a variety of clients.  Our Studies and Operations Consulting group has successfully completed hundreds of parking projects, large and small, for a variety of clientele that includes municipalities, universities, airports, hospitals, and private developers.