Locust Street Parking Structure
Walnut Creek, CA
The city of Walnut Creek wished to build a parking structure
to meet the growing needs of retail shops and restaurants in downtown Walnut
Creek while harmonizing with the area's small town scale and mood.
KTA's experience designing elegant structures made them the
perfect choice to work with the City of Walnut Creek's discriminating Design
Review Board. The architectural firm collaborated with the Watry Design Group
for structural design, parking layout and construction documents throughout
all phases of the project.
The parking structure's highly articulated façade allows the large
building to blend with smaller surrounding shops and restaurants. The design
is further refined with details like brick, tile, metal rail accents, and an
EIFS finish over concrete and concrete block.
Pedestrian activity on the busy sidewalk is embraced by the design,
giving the downtown area a friendly, lively feel. Vibration and noise control
issues arising from cars inside the structure were successfully resolved.
The Locust Street Parking Structure serves as an example of how a
parking facility can become a part of a shopping street rather than stand
apart as a blank, unattractive box. Upscale tenants were offering double the
rent for available retail space before construction was completed.
The project received praise from the City of Walnut Creek, store owners
and the public. New retail tenants were attracted to Walnut Creek's downtown.
These tenants include an elegant Italian restaurant and a famous gourmet deli.
Both use the sidewalk for outdoor seating further enhancing the small town