City Center Parking Structure
Redwood City, CA
Redwood City wished to build a parking structure to provide needed parking in the heart of Redwood City's downtown shopping district. The new structure was to fit the context of the historical downtown area.
An exterior façade of traditional material finishes
complements nearby historical buildings while embracing modern styles.
The three-story parking structure has symmetrical towers that define
the stairwells, elevators and entry. This feature makes a practical aspect of
the building visually appealing and easy to locate.
Landscaped lightwells located in the center of the parking structure
bring natural light to the building interior. Interior lightwell, cable rails
and strike plates transform a code requirement into an expressive feature and
maximize interior daylight.
Decorative elements at the second floor column caps reflect the
long-span beam connections utilized throughout the structure. Clever use of
these elements also serves to shield tendon anchors and weatherizes precast
The City Center Parking Structure has been praised by patrons and
merchants in the shopping district. The Mayor of Redwood City called the
structure "perhaps the finest new building in town."
The City Manager stated that the building exceeded the city's
expectations. He added that the structure had a "creeping elegance," a phrase
he coined to mean that the parking structure had raised the standard for
design initially expected, and for all subsequent new buildings in the
KTA was the design architect for this project, working in collaboration
with the Watry Design Group.