The Channel Center Garage officially opened 29 July 2014. Team members CV Properties, Spalding Tougias Architects Inc, Halvorson Design Partnership, Available Light, and artist Joanne Kaliontzis all celebrated with the Fort Point community in an evening-to-dark bash. The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble got everyone moving, food trucks offered delicious fare, and families enjoyed romping around the new park.
We entered the project with two missions. First, to design the lighting for a parking structure that met both the owner’s minimum light level expectations while also meeting or exceeding energy codes — all while working towards a target budget. To squeeze out and maximize every watt of energy consumption, a state-of-the-art control system, coupled with LED luminaires, is constantly monitoring and reacting to both auto and pedestrian occupancy. With 1,644 total lighting fixtures, it is ten times more efficient than required by code.
Second, to create a programmable and dynamic lighting system to support an artist’s vision for the exterior facade. Color-changing LED technology, located behind the exterior art panels, reveal shape and form during the nighttime presentation. It is Boston’s largest illuminated artwork, with 2,031 custom panels punched with 999,396 holes.
Additionally, the Garage features 5 electric vehicle charging stations, 10 electric vehicle spaces, 6 carpool spaces, and 100 bicycle spaces. The green space in front offers play equipment, a dog park, a basketball court, and more than 140 trees. There’s plenty of space for dancing.
This building is an icon for the entire South Boston rejuvenation effort and we are extremely proud to be part of the team tasked with bringing it to life!