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McCarthy Building Companies Tops Out New Mill Avenue Parking Structure at Arizona State University

TEMPE, AZ — McCarthy Building Companies Inc. recently topped out construction on the $42 million, six-level, 429,000-square-foot Mill Avenue Parking Structure for Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, Arizona.

Upon completion in October, the garage will offer 1,205 parking spaces to support the increased needs of the university and the community. The new parking structure will also provide designated valet parking for the new Omni Tempe Hotel at ASU, as well as for events at the Nelson Fine Arts Center and Gammage Auditorium.

"This parking garage represents ASU’s commitment to reutilizing the real estate on the Tempe campus to better serve the needs of our students, faculty, and staff," said Alex Kohnen, ASU's Facilities Development and Management Vice President. "Collaborating with McCarthy and DFDG Architecture as our design builder allows us to realize our goal of building high-quality, sustainable infrastructure. We are excited to see this project open this fall to the many stakeholders that make up ASU."

The parking structure’s north and south faces feature a vertical metal screen composed of thin blades set at various angles for a distinctive look that is not typical of a parking facility. The parking structure design allows for increased flow of vehicle traffic through the different levels of the garage. During high traffic events, the entrance has a reversable gate arm that allows increased flow upon entry and can then be reversed to increase flow after an event for exit.

ASU’s commitment to sustainability is highlighted throughout the project, including:

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  • Electric-vehicle charging stations on the first and third levels
  • Roof designed to fit a photovoltaic array for electrical power generation
  • Secure indoor bicycle parking with changing rooms to promote alternate modes of transportation
  • Designed to meet Parksmart certification, a top rating for environmental sustainability
  • Structure accommodates underground thermal energy storage for campus cooling
  • Underground stormwater tank built to capture a potential of 500,000-plus gallons of stormwater from the entire block, including future developments

“This project will provide additional parking options for the popular downtown Tempe shops, restaurants, and businesses on Mill Avenue,” said Justin Adams, Project Director with McCarthy Building Companies. “With the sustainable elements incorporated into the structure, those who utilize parking here have options to not only charge their electric vehicles but also to utilize bike transportation to efficiently get to wherever they need to be on campus.”

The project is utilizing a progressive design-build delivery method with DFDG Architecture serving as the design partner. Design consultants include Henderson Engineers, PK Associates, and WoodPatel & Associates. Key trade partners include Tyler Reinforcing, Sun Valley Masonry, Arizona Elevator Solutions, Resolute Steel, RH Dupper Landscaping, Superior Post Tension, Beusing, Arizona Specialty Demo, ColorCor Painting, Falcon Contracting, as well as McCarthy self-perform teams for civil, concrete, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical work. The project is expected to complete in October 2023.

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