Tasman Parking Garage Grand Opening Celebrated

27. prosince 2012 v 8:45 |  street light
Over 30 years in the making, City officials celebrated the ribbon cutting of the 2,900-stall Tasman parking garage on December 12.

Having long been an idea, the structure finally came to fruition thanks to RDA funds, with the garage coming in on time and under budget. In fact, it cost less than when the current garage was originally proposed and approved about15 years ago.

"Only in Santa Clara would we get such an amazing turnout for a parking structure," said Mayor Jamie Matthews. "Nobody does it better than Santa Clara. We are all proud of the design ... this must be the most beautiful parking structure anywhere."

In addition to being a stunning project, with massive City of Santa Clara signage, the structure - originally a $42 million project several years ago due to the costs of steel and materials - was completed under $34 million with many more features than imagined. Matthews adds the project was funded prior to RDA dissolution.

Utilizing some of the latest technologies available, the structure is not only aesthetically pleasing, but is also environmentally friendly, featuring many green features, such as soon-to-be installed rooftop solar panels, motion-controlled energy saving light fixtures, water-efficient landscaping using drip irrigation and provisions for up to 24 electric vehicle charging stations.

The six-level, color-coded garage will be instrumental in serving parking needs for the Santa Clara Convention Center, as well as the 49ers stadium being constructed adjacent to the parking garage.

"This garage is critical to the future vitality of the convention center and neighboring businesses," said Steve Van Dorn, Santa Clara Convention & Visitors Bureau President/CEO, stating that last year the Convention Center spent thousands in overflow parking, using overflow parking at Great America 88 times. The Convention Center hosted over 500 events last year with over 325,000 attendees, and expects attendance and events to grow.

Past, present and current City Council members celebrated the ribbon cutting, with recently-elected Council members Debi Davis, Teresa O'Neill and Jerry Marsalli joining Mayor Matthews, Pat Kolstad, Pat Mahan and outgoing Councilmember Will Kennedy at the event.

The parking structure was completed within 18 months thanks to cooperation from many City departments and staff members. The parking structure features approximately 1,810 parking stalls, including 29 ADA spaces at the ground and second levels, as well as 14 bicycle spaces. The structure also features a plaza designed for accommodating small gatherings and vendor kiosks, five elevators at three separate towers, openings in the metal screening for signage/banner supports, a fire sprinkler system throughout and lighting levels that exceed minimum standards.

According to City Public Works Director Rajeev Batra, over four million pounds of steel rebar were involved in building this structure, while hours upon hours were spent by staff on aesthetics of this structure, "making other structures look pedestrian."

Interim City Manager Ron Garrett adds the garage actually started over 30 years ago as a line drawing in the Great America parking lot. "This is an iconic structure, not many parking structures can be called iconic, but this one can."

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