St. Armands Garage Internationally Recognized for Sustainability

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SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY JUL 3, 2020

The St. Armands Garage has earned a special distinction from Parksmart, the world’s only certification program that defines, measures and recognizes high-performing, sustainable garages. The City-owned garage, which opened in 2019, has achieved Parksmart’s Silver certification following an extensive application and review process.

The St. Armands garage scored high marks for its highly efficient LED light harvesting system, electric vehicle charging stations, innovative stormwater management system, extensive bicycle parking and bike repair station. Another key sustainability feature of the garage is its state-of-the-art rooftop solar panel array, which generates 42 percent of the building’s energy. Ninety-nine percent of the construction materials used for the garage were regionally sourced, and 87 percent of the waste produced during construction was recycled or diverted from landfills. More than 75 percent of the labor was local.

“The City of Sarasota is committed to addressing climate change through sustainable practices and energy efficiency in all of its infrastructure projects. The St. Armands Garage is a shining example of that commitment,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “The building’s innovative and thoughtful design features provide environmental benefits along with a safe and accessible parking option for residents and visitors.”

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