At this year’s International Parking Institute Conference and Expo, TimHaahs was honored with an Award of Excellence for Architectural Achievement for the Sawgrass Mills parking facility.
Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, Fla., is a luxury outlet shopping destination that serves tens of thousands of annual visitors. The relaxed, open-air promenade features more than 350 retail, dining, and entertainment venues, including 70 luxury stores. The Simon Property Group hired TimHaahs as part of a design build team with Whiting-Turner Contracting Company to develop a new, 1,723-space parking facility that would complement and enhance visitors’ experience in the shopping center.
The garage’s large, multi-level valet parking operation features a fully furnished, ground-level waiting area that creates an inviting front-door experience for shoppers. Its lightly sandblasted, sandy-yellow exterior matches the center’s stucco color and texture; spandrels provide deep reveals that cast unique shadow lines mimicking the louver designs of the arcade walkway. The facility is one of the highest structures in the shopping center, with eye-catching, red clay tile-roofed towers that advertise retail opportunities and generate revenue. Three large, illuminated signs span multiple floors on three sides and offer additional advertising. The garage’s black-and-orange color palette mirrors that of adjacent overflow lots. The parking guidance system’s dynamic signage directs patrons to aisles with open spaces; static signage points to the exits. Climate-controlled, glass stair and elevator towers give users a preview of the complex upon arrival and provide comfortable, passive security. Elevator lobbies that open to the interior and LED lighting ensure full visibility across the garage to the vertical circulation.
We’re so thrilled to have this great project recognized by IPI!