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National Renewable Energy Laboratory - Parking Structure

Embracing the electric car trend at NREL

  • $27M

    Construction Value

  • 500K+

    Square Feet

  • 1800


  • Golden, Colorado

    Golden, Colorado

Designing a net zero energy parking structure that supports nearly 900 employees

When the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was planning facility enhancements at its Table Mountain Campus in Golden, Colorado, part of the project involved a new parking structure. We also helped NREL to develop their new Research Support Facility and Cafe. This project involved architectural, master planning, and landscaping services to design a net zero energy parking structure that would support nearly 900 employees. 

Designed for maximum sustainability, the new parking structure is an open, five-level, concrete frame with a tensioned, recyclable aluminum panel wrapping and a steel roof canopy for the mounting of a photovoltaic array. All sides of the garage are open to the elements, allowing natural ventilation that eliminates the need for a mechanical system.

At almost 580,000-square-feet, the aluminum panels augment the openness for control of daylight, wind, and headlight glare. The two halves of the structure are separated by a dedicated pedestrian circulation area with a monumental stair connecting all levels, encouraging pedestrian safety and activity while reducing the energy used by the elevators.

Preferred parking spaces with charging stations for electric/hybrid vehicles are made available for 2% of the total parking capacity. But, our designs provide the future potential for 20% of the parking spaces to accommodate electric vehicle charging stations.

At a Glance

Sustainable Design
USGBC Certified LEED-NC Platinum
Meet Our Team

Rachel Bannon-Godfrey, Vice President, SDG Impact Leader

Sustainable design is a vague and undefined term, but that doesn’t mean our approach to it can be.
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Josh Gould, Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Buildings

I’m passionate about making a positive impact on the built environment and work with each client to capture the spirit of a place.
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Rachel Bannon-Godfrey

Vice President, SDG Impact Leader

Josh Gould

Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Buildings

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