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Denver Airport Getting ‘Green’ Parking Facility

parking lot imageGreen Park DIA, a 4,200-stall parking lot servicing Denver International Airport, is setting a goal to be the world’s greenest parking facility.

The $32 million Green Park DIA, which is being built to LEED Gold standards from the U.S. Green Building Council, will incorporate a number of environmentally friendly aspects, according to a press release. Construction will take seven months.

Green.Switch Capital Corp., a subsidiary of Greenscape Capital Group Inc., will build, operate and own the facility. ProPark USA, which operates 330 parking locations across North America, will own 10 percent of the operation and take part in management.

This facility will serve as a marketing showpiece for future business development. Green.Switch aims to sell its services as a third party green retrofitting operation to other parking facilities throughout North America.

The company expects net operating income of about $5.1 million a year, on sales of up to $19 million a year.

The facility will rely on both solar and wind energy, as well as harness methane from a landfill and use geothermal energy.

The parking lot itself will feature porous pavement to prevent excessive runoff of chemicals into the water stream.

Customers of the parking facility will be shuttled back and forth to the airport in alternative-fuel shuttles.

In other news, Denver International Airport is planning to build a $7 million solar electric-generating system to power its fuel storage and distribution system. This is in addition to its existing 2-megawatt solar photovoltaic system near the terminal.

The 1.6-megawatt project on about 9 acres north of the airfield will provide almost all the electricity needed to power the airport’s fuel farm.

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3 thoughts on “Denver Airport Getting ‘Green’ Parking Facility

  1. GreenParking – Environmental Leaders

    Our GreenParking System Concept

    The Emirates and its Leaders visions are currently leading the way to make the U.A.E. and the Gulf region the Centre of Sustainable Development. Dubai has already introduced Green Building Standards. Abu Dhabi is designing the world´s first carbon-neutral waste city, Masdar, where the International Renewable Energy Agencies HQ will be located.
    FutureLink, proud to be a local Company partnering with very reputable International Suppliers, is trying to contribute to this Green vision and Green Building Standards, by introducing a Comprehensive Green Parking Concept, the first world-wide.

    So far there have been many isolated Products that could contribute to Sustainable Parking, but not a total Green Concept.

    Some Examples of the current unawareness with respect to Sustainable Parking:

    Developers ask their partners not to print emails unless really necessary but install at the same time Parking Systems at their Malls and Buildings based on Toxic-Waste Paper-Tickets.
    Consultants design Car Parks for Hundreds of Millions, but do not consider intelligent Parking Guidance Systems to improve economical and operational efficiency.
    Owners of Open-Area Car Parks do not optimise the use of their property, which could be utilised for sustainable energy recharging.
    Slow Moving Barriers and outdated Mag-Stripe Readers are still being installed, causing Traffic Jams and Noise Pollution although Contactless Technology has long been available.
    “Green” does not mean “Expensive”, on the contrary: Green Parking would not only contribute to make our Parking Environment more pleasant, but would also reward its users economically.

  2. The green airport parking project at Denver International Airport, a joint project of Greenswitch and Propark, has been renamed Canopy Airport Parking.

    The 4200-space off-airport parking facility is nearing completion, and will open in late 2010.

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