Vibrant community life is experienced on the street, and not in the car. Every downtown requires adequate parking for merchants, business people, and visitors. This new 122-car garage replaces the Hancock County Jail on a site screened from view, but close to the center of the downtown activities. The existing structure was crushed and recycled into the new cast concrete structure; floor slabs established the new Jailhouse Reef, an offshore fishing spot.
The parking structure has one supported level and stairs screened with vertical “green” walls of live native plants and vines. Collected stormwater irrigates the plants and reduces water runoff. Low-level, efficient lighting provide a secure night-time environment while meeting dark-sky initiatives. Other green initiatives include the 12 KW solar photovoltaic system to meet over 45% of the garage’s power requirement. A bi-directional meter tracks excess power supplied to the grid.
Program: 31,680 SF of parking
AIA/Mississippi Honor Award, 2011
International Parking Institute Sustainability Merit Award, 2012
unabridged Architecture, Architect
Walker Parking, Structural, MEP Engineer, Parking Consultant
The Landscape Studio, Landscape Architecture
White Spunner, Contractor