Faced with a shortage of parking both for the University’s main campus and the adjacent Medical Center and Hospital, Duke University sought a modern, sustainable parking structure design that blends into the existing campus fabric.
RATIO’s design for this seven story, 1917-car parking structure is the first free-standing garage to receive LEED certification from the US Green Building Council. Sustainable features include two 10,000 gallon cisterns that collect rainwater for landscaping, overhead canopies that use plants to provide shade on the roof and low-power LED lights.
Architectural pre-cast concrete, Duke stone, and terra cotta wall tiles give the façade a variety of textures and colors and reduce the building’s scale. Planted trellis wall panels at the entrances further soften the exterior appearance.