NEWS | July 11, 2012

New parking structure at UC Davis Medical Center promotes ease of use, environmental sustainability


A new parking structure set to open at UC Davis Medical Center will provide much-needed spaces near the hospital, and features elements that will make it easier for patrons to use and promote environmental sustainability.

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The new parking structure will address a longstanding need for more spaces near the hospital.

Called Parking Structure 3, the new, seven-level facility will open on July 18. It is located at the corner of Stockton Boulevard and X Street, in front of the former main entrance to the hospital. The new structure has a number of new features that distinguish it from the two existing parking structures on the Sacramento campus.

Among them is a parking guidance system, which consists of two parts. One employs electronic displays that show the number of open spaces on each floor.

parking structure © UC Regents
An advanced, color-coded lighting system will indicate open and occupied spaces.

The second are lights that allow drivers to easily see which spaces are open and closed. Green lights above spaces will indicate they are open. A red light above a space will indicate that it is occupied.

Each level is associated with a color as well as a number to help users of Parking Structure 3 remember where they parked their vehicles. The colors associated with the other levels are as follows:

  • Yellow -- Lower level, patients and visitors
  • Green -- First floor, patients and visitors
  • Orange -- Second floor, patients and visitors
  • Blue -- Third floor, physicians (four-hour maximum)
  • Purple -- Fourth floor, employees
  • Taupe -- Fifth floor, employees
  • Forest green --  Sixth floor, employees

New system for paid parking

The process for paying fees at Parking Structure 3 is described as follows:

  • Pull - a ticket.
  • Park - your vehicle.
  • Pay - before you exit.

Parking Structure 3 will not have kiosks where patrons pay their fees upon exiting. Instead, customers will be required to pay their fees before entering their vehicles to exit.

A central cashier station will be available for customers to pay their fees with cash or a credit card. There also will be five automated pay stations that will display the amount due after customers insert their tickets into the machine. Payments may be made with cash or a credit card. After payment is received, the processed ticket is to be inserted into a verifier at the exit to raise a gate arm.

Environmental sustainability

The new parking structure includes elements that promote environmental sustainability and support a goal of the health system's Strategic Plan: "develop sustainable utilization of resources and infrastructure that provides optimal support for all mission areas."

parking structure © UC Regents
Solar panels on the roof will generate all of the electricity needed to operate the structure.

On the top level of Parking Structure 3, rows of photovoltaic panels will provide shade for vehicles underneath them and generate renewable energy that will furnish the power needed to operate the facility. The panels are projected to generate about 194,000 kilowatt hours annually and save about $820,000 in energy costs over 20 years.

There will be several charging stations for electric vehicles on the first level. Preferred parking will be designated for three-person carpools, vanpools and motorcycles, and there will be a secured storage area for 40-plus bicycles on the first level, protected by electronic key access.

UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. Centers of excellence include the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center; the region's only level 1 pediatric and adult trauma centers; the UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders; and the UC Davis Children's Hospital. The medical center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through the award-winning telemedicine program, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care. For more information, visit