University of Florida Southwest Garage


University of Florida


Construction Cost
$17 million

Completion Date
December 2007

Project Size
927 Spaces, 6 Levels

First LEED Gold
parking facility in the US.

University of Florida Southwest Garage


Walter P Moore provided structural engineering and parking consulting services for the award-winning, LEED Gold certified, Southwest Parking Garage at the University of Florida located in Gainesville, Florida. This project also received the “2009 Award of Excellence” award for exceptional innovation and design of a new parking facility from the Florida Parking Association.

The owners design team initiative for the project was to obtain LEED certification through the Green Building Council accreditation process. Through hard work and creativity, the design team made this initiative a success obtaining LEED Gold certification through points/sustainable principles being awarded in the following areas: Preferred LEV Area, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Parking, Energy Efficient Lighting & Reduced Light Pollution, Bicycle Parking/Storage, Transportation Hub for Campus, Restored/Protected Habitat on Site, Reduced Storm Water Run Off, Water Efficient Landscaping, Captured Rainwater, Optimized Energy Performance, Majority of Construction Waste Recycled, Regional Material Used, High Use of Recycled Building Content, Low VOC Materials.

The garage is designed with a center two-way park-on-ramp system for vertical vehicular circulation and two outer flat bays of parking and 90° parking spaces. The pre-cast parking garage also has an attached two-story, 10,000 square foot transportation and parking services office building that faces the street with the garage structure located behind it.