Duke University parking garage driven to LEED certification

April 13, 2011

People parking their cars inside the new Research Drive garage at Duke University are making history—they’re utilizing the country’s first freestanding LEED-certified parking structure. The Raleigh, N.C., studio of RATIO Architects and Chicago-based Walker Parking Consultants garnered 31 LEED points for the 1,900-car facility by incorporating such sustainable elements as water cisterns for stormwater collection, rain gardens, a plant trellis on the roof, LED lighting, local and recycled building materials, and a revenue control system that quickly processes vehicles, thereby reducing wasteful idling. The $35 million, seven-story structure is constructed of cast-in-place, post-tensioned concrete, Duke stone, and terra cotta wall tiles.

         
 

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