Pompano Beach Municipal Parking Garage
Pompano Beach, Florida
Project Size: 239,600 SF Mixed-Use Parking Garage of 662 Parking Spaces
Completed: July, 2016
Currie Sowards Aguila Architects Delivers on Pompano Beach Garage from Visionary Concept to Iconic Reality
One south Florida municipality has been keeping Currie Sowards Aguila Architects on its toes and flush with design opportunities. In the last three months, the firm has completed three significant projects for the City of Pompano Beach including two fire stations and most recently the city’s first municipal parking structure.
The firm realized the unique opportunity presented by this design/build commission from the start as the client’s design mandate was to create something iconic…a landmark design. The result is an architecturally significant design for a typically utilitarian building. Through the use of vertical elements, vegetation and indigenous materials, this project has transformed the parking garage design stereotype into an Oceanside destination.
Delight and wonderment are the design intentions of this new 599 space mixed-use garage. Comprised of 239,600 SF, the building base undulates in harmony, reinforcing the theme of movement of wind and water. Its program elements include parking, retail space, a tourism office and welcome center and a storage area for lifeguard operations.
It is evocative of the ocean and maritime location and is in harmony with a soon to be constructed bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway—also designed by Currie Sowards Aguila Architects. An undulating porous screen of abstract sails engulfs the majority of the structure transforming it into a play of movement and subtle lighting. The 16 sail-shaped façade canopies comprise over 27,000 square feet of surface area. PTFE fiberglass is the sail material. It has been used as a functional design element on projects all over the world, including the Denver International Airport, Brasil’s World Cup Estadio Nacional, Navy Pier in Chicago, and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. The sails weigh over 25,000 pounds and are designed to withstand wind forces up to 140 miles per hour, equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane.
The movement of form and light and a sense of place makes this a truly iconic expression and something unique as an identity for this beachfront community. The garage is the state of Florida’s closest municipal beach parking structure and on a clear day its top level offers a 10 mile view of prime oceanfront real estate. In response to its beachfront location, turtle safe lighting has been specified.