Category: Move
Honorable Mention

Part civic shade structure, part energy generator, and part billboard, Power Parasol Lot 59 is a galvanized steel structure topped by 7,600 photovoltaic panels that covers an existing parking lot for 800 vehicles at Arizona State University’s Tempe, Ariz., campus. Designed by Phoenix-based Debartolo Architects, who worked in concert with a team of structural and electrical engineers, the 227,700-square-foot canopy generates over 2.2 megawatts of electricity. It is supported by slender columns that provide the supporting armature for hanging banners, advertisements, and lighting.

“It’s a 5-acre project, so I’m thinking about the colossal scale of this, but then there’s this level of refinement in the assembly with which I was really impressed.” —Elizabeth Ranieri

Project Credits

Project  Power Parasol Lot 59, Phoenix
Owner  NRG Solar—Thomas Reagan
Host  Arizona State University, Tempe Campus
Developer  Strategic Solar Energy
Architect  Debartolo Architects, Phoenix—Jack DeBartolo III, AIA
Contractor  Hardison/Downey Construction—Kevin Vander Molen, AIA
Structural Engineer  Rudow + Berry—Mark Rudow
Electrical Engineer  Taylor Rymar Corp.—Dan Simpson
Civil Engineer  Evans Kuhn & Associates—George Evans
Landscape Engineer  JJR Floor—Kris Floor
Geotech Consultant  Speedie & Associates
Size  227,700 square feet
Cost  Withheld
Photographer  Michael Nothum