This 118,986-square-foot parking garage in downtown Austin houses 447 corporate parking stalls for the Whole Foods Market Headquarters and surrounding retail. The 7½-level structure includes a level of below-ground parking, a 15,000-square-foot ground level of retail space, and 5½ levels of above-ground parking. American Constructors began the project by demolishing the decades-old existing building and radio tower that was formerly home to the KASE/KVET radio stations. The parking garage was then constructed within a confined space on one of the busiest streets in Austin, surrounded by existing retail, another parking garage, and high-rise condos. The garage includes several aesthetically-pleasing features that make the building stand out from the typical garage. Italian tile adorns two sides of the garage, exterior screening blocks cars from public view, and large white metal “fins” at the front of the building provide a unique, prominent façade, while also redirecting sunlight inside to brighten the interior. At night, the garage is illuminated by LED lights, providing downtown Austin with a visible, safe place to park.
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