To provide parking for increased ridership at the Tustin Station, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) determined that it was time to build structured parking. In addition to Vehicular/Transit/Pedestrian flow, site utility and fire access considerations, the city of Tustin was looking for a solution that assists transit riders in finding the somewhat hidden location. They were also looking for an approach to maximizing sustainability and an above-and-beyond analysis of minimizing maintenance and project costs.
Griffin Structures, Inc. provided construction management for the 247,600-square-foot, 825 stall, five-level Metrolink Parking Structure that features a unique, segregated drive aisle, which expedites entering and exiting the site, as well as a distinct “kiss & ride” area; ample bus dock section; and designated pedestrian paths. The on-grade parking on the backside of the structure provides valuable parking stalls while at the same time preventing the necessity and cost of relocating utilities. Additionally, on-grade parking is located next to the track, which doubles as a fire lane. To provide way finding for transit riders accessing the station from Jamboree Road, the site includes a second tower, which also provides a grounding sense of symmetry. Embracing sustainability, the design incorporates LED lighting, drought resistant landscaping and a solar option that provides enough energy to power the structure's lighting and elevators. Each of these measures also substantially reduces maintenance costs. The design team also evaluated cost offsetting measures, such as outdoor advertising space, leasing coffee and snack kiosks and providing a location for a cell phone tower.
This project is also the recipient of the 2011 American Concrete Institute Award.
"We have consistently been pleased and impressed with the performance and deliverables provided by the Griffin team. The success of the Tustin Metrolink parking structure project is due in part to the efficiency and excellent management practices of this firm. The Griffin team established strong partnerships with project stakeholders and this proved to be very instrumental to completing the project ahead of schedule and under budget.
It has been a pleasure working with this firm and we are pleased with the relationship the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has had with Griffin over the last year, and would welcome any future opportunities to work with them again.
OCTA, the City of Tustin, Metrolink, and the California Department of Transportation Division of Rail are proud of the success of the Tustin Metrolink parking structure and believe the Griffin team's enthusiasm has really attributed to the enhancement it brought forward to the more than 1,000 daily commuters who utilize the Tustin Metrolink Station." - Jim Beil, Executive Director, Capital Programs, Orange County Transportation Authority