California State University, Sacramento, Parking Structure 5

Sacramento, CA

Located by the main entrance to the Sacramento State campus, Parking Structure 5 is designed to blend and complement the dense trees of the nearby arboretum. Replacing an existing surface lot, the 1,750 stall, six-level parking structure serves a campus in dire need of parking and provides a structure exceeding the quality and efficiency of any of the previous parking facilities.

Serving a sizable percentage of the campus’ parking need, automobile circulation is designed to move traffic into the structure as efficiently as possible with queuing space off-street to handle periods of high volume. Taking advantage of IJʿ’s Total Precast architectural concrete system, the design quality and level of material finish are second to none. Because of the increased erection speed possible with the precast solution, the overall project schedule was more aggressive and intended to be completed over a single school semester.

The technology, design, innovations, placemaking and conservation programs implemented at Parking Structure 5 allow it to achieve a Parksmart Gold certification by the Green Building Certification Institute for the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the highest-performing, most-sustainable parking structure on campus.

Watch the prefabricated parking structure being built.

Additional Resources:

California State University, Sacramento Parking Structure V – Case Study


  • 2020 Parksmart Gold, Green Business Certification, Inc.
  • 2020 Gold Rating, US Resiliency Council
  • 2019 Award of Excellence New Sustainable Parking and Transportation Facilities, International Parking & Mobility Institute
  • 2019 Outstanding Environmental Leadership, Sacramento Environmental Commission Awards
  • 2019 Sustainable Design, Precast Concrete Institute Design Award
  • 2018 Structural Award, American Concrete Institute NC/WN Chapter
  • 2018 Best Practice in Construction Delivery, California State University Facilities Management Awards
  • 2018 Overall Best Practice, California State University Facilities Management Awards
  • 2018 Innovative Sustainable Project of the Year, National Parking Institute


Facts and Figures

State: CA

City: Sacramento

Building Type: Parking Structure / Office Building

Square Feet: 549,500

Year Completed: 2018

Job Number: 6069




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Structural Engineer


General Contractor, PARC, Parking

“This team successfully and safely delivered the project in alignment with the University’s program, within budget and utilizing the team’s prefabricated systems approach, significantly faster and with significantly less campus impact than competing conventional systems. The construction impacts to our campus community were so minimal that I’ve had faculty remark to me they were surprised to see Parking Structure 5 construction had started and was already complete.”

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