During a ceremony held Thursday, September 21, the Silicon Valley Business Journal honored the Morgan Hill Downtown Parking Structure Project with a 2017 Silicon Valley Structures Award in the “Community Impact” category.
This distinguished award recognizes a recent project that has made a positive contribution to its community through economic development, transit accessibility, open space or other social factors.
Harris & Associates provided project and construction management for the $13.3 million parking structure, which broke ground early in 2015 and finished in June 2016. To expedite the timeline, Harris and the City chose the design/build delivery approach—making it the first major design/build project in Morgan Hill’s history.
The completed three-level parking structure includes 275 stalls, 4,000 square feet of retail space, a public plaza and roof space fortified for special events. The garage also features original art throughout, including installations from Napa-based artist Gordon Huether. Visitors will find a colorful 12-foot tarantula, an homage to the spiders found in local hills, and a glass wall depicting poppy jasper—a quartz stone native to the area.
The parking structure serves downtown businesses and restaurants and commuters who use the nearby Caltrain station. Minimizing disruptions was imperative from day one. “We emphasized community outreach, holding public meetings and offering weekly progress updates,” said Patrick Dobbins, PE, Director of Engineering Services at Harris & Associates. “Keeping everyone up to speed makes a big difference.”
Harris also helped develop solutions for undergrounding overhead utilities, upgrade water, storm and sewer facilities on adjacent streets, and design an on-site bio-swale system to handle storm water runoff in a very limited space
The entire Harris team extends its congratulations to the City of Morgan Hill and all project partners on this impressive award.