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Power Parasol Lot 59

Debartolo Architects

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NRG Solar—Thomas Reagan


  • Arizona State University, Tempe Campus
  • Strategic Solar Energy
  • Hardison/Downey Construction—Kevin Vander Molen
  • Structural Engineer: Rudow + Berry—Mark Rudow
  • Electrical Engineer: Taylor Rymar Corp.—Dan Simpson
  • Civil Engineer: Evans Kuhn & Associates—George Evans
  • JJR Floor—Kris Floor
  • Speedie & Associates
  • Michael Nothum

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227,700 sq. feet
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Project Description

Solar Power
2012 Annual Design Review
Debartolo Architects

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
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