Griffin Structures provided construction management services for the expansion of the Fullerton Transportation Center Parking Facility. This new 263,005-square-foot, four-level, 814-stall facility adds much needed capacity to the heavily used Metrolink/Amtrak station. The open-air structure features two entrances and exits with an electronic car-count system, two elevator banks, five sets of stairs, and two parking ticket kiosks on each level. The facility also has bicycle lockers and racks and a security system that is integrated with the Fullerton Police Department for fast response. An exclusive element is the Fullerton Library “book machine” for patrons, the first in Orange County.
The parking structure’s architecture carefully integrates the theme of downtown Fullerton and includes a wide, lushly landscaped plaza designed to draw in patrons of the neighboring restaurants and shops.
The structure has a state-of-the-art video surveillance system, ticket kiosks, car-counting system, and a bio-filtration system. With LED lighting throughout, custom neon signage, and the availability for future electric vehicle charging for 10 cars, the facility is considered a zero net structure. Of special note are the photovoltaic panels, which provide 100 percent of the required power. Ductwork for a future exhaust system were included to accommodate future planned retail and housing to be built adjacent to the structure.
The project required extensive street and site improvements including the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue; a new pedestrian bridge across Harbor Boulevard providing direct access to the Metrolink station; street lights along the frontage to match the opposite side of the street; the placement of the existing overhead utilities underground along the project’s frontage on Santa Fe; and on- and off-site grading. Site landscaping includes water tolerant plantings, a Bio Box that treats 50 percent of the rainwater, and a Bio Swale that treats another 25 percent.