Todos Santos Parking Garage, Concord, CA
- 3 levels- 423 parking stalls.
Much care was put into the design of the elevations of this building to match the context of the
existing architectural vocabulary of Downtown Concord. Gerard requested to be on this project
because he is a Concord resident and felt that a parking garage downtown need not necessarily look
like a garage.
The building is Mediteranean in style and relates to the existing 1911 Foskett & Ellworthy building.
The facade of the building has well proportioned columns that give it an appearance of a series of storefronts
fronting a downtown and less of a typical parking garage.
The building is pedestrian friendly, emphasized by the Paseo, a pedestrian walkway that links the garage
to Todos Santos Plaza. Two corners of the garage are anchored by circular towers. The main tower is
roofed in terra cotta tiles and has a grand stair that wraps around it and enhances the fountain courtyard
in front of the F&E building.
It is bright, airy and has great views from the stair towers. In many ways this building has help contribute to the
revitalization of Downtown Concord.
Most garages tend to go up as nothing more than precast concrete boxes and are perceived as a necessary evil.
This normally results in structures that turn their backs on the communities they sit in.
However we believe that with enough thought and foresight, any structure can be designed so as to be a contributing factor
in any community. This includes buildings like parking garages.
The success of the garage design is evident in that it has won two significant parking garage design awards
as listed below.