That’s kind of like “hip” and “zest” all rolled into one. Anyway, this week the Missoula City Council signed off on contracts related to the new parking garage going up at Pattee and Front Streets.
“The particular agenda items related to the parking structure are a big deal for downtown Missoula and a significant component of implementing the Downtown Master Plan,” said Councilman Dave Strohmaier. “I don’t want us to lose sight of that.”
MMW Architects is doing the design, and partner Don MacArthur talked about all the yummy possibilities. They’re pricey, too, so they may not pan out, but dreaming big is an alright way to begin.
I wanted to get an idea of what a “progressive” and “vibrant” parking garage might look like, and I found this set of pictures on TheCoolist.com, a design website.
Here’s The Coolist on the colorful building pictured above:
The Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Garage is the world’s first LEED-certified garage, and one of the world’s most visually progressive. Its stunning facade is lit with an offset array of colored light, in blue, green and red. Photovoltaic panels and laminations provide much of the buildings power needs, while natural ventilation takes care of climate control. The materials for this building include many recycled sources and low-impact treatments, constructed with sustainable development practices. Beyond its green heartbeat, the beauty of this garage makes it memorable, one of the highlights of Santa Monica’s architectural identity.
A garage with identity. Whoddathunkit? A strong identity requires a strong name, though, and MMW’s MacArthur said he wouldn’t mind suggestions for the Pattee and Front garage.
Probably, a good idea only will show up after there’s a preliminary design. But if you have names, send them along.
— Keila Szpaller