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Southwest Parking Garage Complex at University of Florida

PGAL Wins Design Award from International Parking Institute

PGAL received the Award of Merit from the International Parking Institute (IPI) during the Institute’s annual conference in Las Vegas, NV. The award recognized PGAL’s design of the $20 million Southwest Parking Garage Complex at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

The 317,000 sf, 6-level complex includes 946 parking spaces and a 10,000 sf office component. It was designed and built to the highest LEED criteria. Certification is pending, but if certified LEED Gold or Platinum, it will likely be the nation’s first parking facility to achieve either level.

PGAL Principal Ian Nestler, AIA LEED AP, led a case study presentation about the project, called “Maximizing LEED Compliance Without Sacrificing Budget or Schedule” during the IPI conference.

The project has also won awards from the Florida Parking Association and the Association of General Contractors of Greater Florida, Inc. It is the only new university garage showcased in the National Building Museum’s (Washington, DC) “House of Cars” exhibition (through July, 2010), featuring dynamic parking garages around the world.

PGAL is a national design firm providing architecture, engineering, planning, interior architecture, program management and technology planning services for public and private sector clients. Founded in Houston in 1946, the firm has over 180 employees in ten offices: Atlanta, Alexandria, Austin, Boca Raton, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Mexico City, Mexico. PGAL has earned over 175 design awards. Its project specializations include aviation, civic, corporate/commercial, education, federal buildings, financial, healthcare, judicial/public safety, military, parking/transportation, residential and retail.

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