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puyallup garage

170,000 SF


Sound Transit


  • Five-level garage with bridge

  • Street-level parking with covered pathways

  • 690 total parking stalls

  • Human-scale design that echoes surrounding communities

This design concept for a new parking garage serving the Sound Transit Puyallup Sounder Station meets three key goals: improve parking and pedestrian circulation to the station platforms, provide a signature gateway to downtown Puyallup and set the stage for future station changes. Clear, well-defined circulation was achieved by establishing an east-west pedestrian thoroughfare (the “spine”) that connects the three elements of surface-level parking, parking garage, and station platform. Travelers have weather-protected paths at street level via canopies, and from the garage via a covered bridge. We pulled the stair and elevator towers outside the body of the garage to both improve the garage’s functionality and reduce its visual mass. The brick accents are limited to two stories high except alongside the circulation tower, providing both human scale and visual unification of the garage, towers and bridge. The side facing Puyallup city center incorporates cedar, metal details, canopies and other features found in the nearby civic buildings. The side that faces the BNSF tracks uses more industrial design elements, such as exposed concrete and metal mesh, and presents a more subdued and simple façade in response to the community’s vision.

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