When it comes to citing examples of notable urban architecture, county parking garages usually don’t make the cut. A garage in San Diego, however, serves as an exception.

As part of the San Diego County’s waterfront project, a new parking garage with a distinctive architectural lighting scheme sits in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood. Built on a brownfield, the $36 million structure provides 645 parking spaces within 10 stories, three below ground and seven above.

Designed by architects at International Parking Design of Encino, Calif., the garage provides parking to county workers at the nearby County Administration Center during the day. At night and on weekends, it offers paid public parking to visitors who want to explore the city.

Encompassing the building's seven above-ground levels, architects incorporated a vertical CloudWall fin-based facade on the structure’s north and west sides using clear anodized aluminum.

To highlight the fins at night, county officials requested a unique lighting scheme. OCS Lighting & Control worked with Dynalectric, the electrical contractor, to design and manage the implementation of the system. They selected lighting products from Los Angeles-based Acclaim Lighting that exceeded the technical requirements for the job.

OCS specified 1-foot RGB DynaGraze HO, a high-power, color-changing, outdoor linear fixture. The luminaire features adjustable feet, a glare shield and DMX and RDM control systems. The unit includes swivel mount and beam angle options to fit a range of applications.

Available in 1- and 4-foot sections, DynaGraze HO offers multiple configurations that provide smooth linear dimming with extra-low voltage modules and most TRIAC dimmers. The system provides 650 lumens per foot and maintains 70 percent of its initial lumen output at 150,000 hours. A total of 876 fixtures were installed in the project, which was completed last June.

Go here for more information on Acclaim Lighting.

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