Replacing a 1950s-era garage that was deemed unfit for modern use, the Center Street Parking Garage in Berkeley, California is a striking – and award-winning – contribution to the heart of Berkley’s Arts District.

And California Sheet Metal was proud to be a significant part of it.

The winner of a 2019 Metal Architecture Design Award, the $40 million, 248,000-square-foot facility boasts eight-levels and 720-spaces – in addition to ground-level retail, an art gallery, a sidewalk café, and public art incorporated into its design. And while it was conceived and built with a keen eye on sustainability, its environmentally friendly features (which led Berkley Mayor Jesse Arreguin to hail it as “probably the greenest parking garage in California”) are only one aspect of what sets it apart.

In addition to its ambitious double helix design, the facility features a “waving” facade made of perforated aluminum – consisting of folded panels in more than 20 sizes – that highlights the two open-air staircases. CSM supplied roughly 12,000 square feet of panels in silver for the custom screen system, as well as approximately 5,000 square feet of aluminum panels in red and lime green for soffits and exterior panels.

It was an ambitious project undertaken by a host of innovative designers, architects, contractors, and more. And we couldn’t be more proud of the result.

Read about the many facets of the project, and see a full list of the talented firms we had the opportunity to work alongside here.