In response to the growth from the Pompano Beach Fishing Village project, the need for a Pier Parking Garage was determined. The project commenced on June 24, 2015. Adherence to a tight construction timeline allowed for the completion of the project within nearly one year. On June 30, 2016, the Grand Opening of the Pier Parking Garage drew hundreds from the community to celebrate the completion of the City’s first parking garage.
Located at NE 2nd Street between A1A and Pompano Beach Boulevard, this structure added 609 parking spaces to the beachfront area and includes 6,000 sq ft of retail space on the ground level that will be inhabited by retail giant Salt Life to the west and How You Brewin Coffee Company to the east. The City’s first Tourism Visitor Center is also located on the ground floor where the development of two new streets has occurred: Pier Street and Seabreeze Way. Prior to the development of the garage, a portion of the space was formerly a large and underutilized parking lot.
The Design-Build team solicitated community input and with the support of the City, a state-of-the-art Garage was assembled. The five-level garage was vertically capped at no more than 55 feet so as not to impact the ocean views of the surrounding condos. The parking garage also is adorned by a series of twelve canvas-wrapped LED-lit aluminum sails (four on each façade).
Additional structural designs that provide an array of iconic architectural features include the following: installation of electrical vehicle charging stations, specialty lighting throughout the structure for sea turtle initiatives, covered rooftop parking and landscaped rooftop deck, speed ramps outside of parking areas, a glass elevator providing breathtaking ocean views, the ability to activate a valet parking system, and a programmable computer-operated lighting system to control the sail lights for special effects.
The design and fruition of the garage is due in special thanks to Currie Sowards Aguila Architects, Inc. and Kaufman Lynn, Inc. The supervision and management efforts were led by Lansing Melbourne, Inc. and the City’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Manager who kept the project on budget and schedule.
Pier Parking Garage Murals
Commissioned artist Taylor Smith, AKA Dreamweaver, installed a mural entitled "Reef Life" on an exterior southeast stairwell on the Pompano Beach Pier Parking Garage adjacent to the Tourism Center. The location presented an exciting opportunity to create an immersive piece of public art just across from the bustling Fishing Village. Inspired by the coastal culture of Pompano Beach, ‘Reef Life’ celebrates the striking variety of life and color found beneath the surface of our renowned South Florida waters.
To create a cohesive appearance, ‘Reef Life’ is similar in color scheme to the original vinyl-wrapped mural at the southwest corner of the Pier Parking Garage titled ‘A Place I’d Rather Be’ by artist team Mike and Donna-Lee Savlen.
The complex and interdependent nature of coral reef ecosystems are the foundation of life underwater and a unique characteristic of Pompano Beach attracting visitors from all walks of life. The design of both murals align with Pompano Beach’s scenography and showcases the City’s commitment to public art.
The Pompano Beach Pier Parking Garage is the first public parking garage in the City of Pompano Beach and is being funded by parking revenues generated by the structure. Revenue is dispersed back into the community which helps resident taxes. The City was able to fund this $24 million project at no cost to taxpayers by issuing a Certificate of Participation (COP) bond. The City’s investment in this project paved the way for future first class amenities for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Before and After Photos
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