Completion of Parking Structure 5 approaches, despite a series of storms that slowed construction. (Sacramento State/Jessica Vernone)

The construction phase of Sacramento State’s Parking Structure 5 (PS 5) is on track for completion by April 17, according to University officials. However, the first day vehicles will be allowed to enter hinges on the state fire marshal's final inspection.

The estimated opening date is May 8.

Late-winter rains caused some construction delays.

Sac State broke ground in June 2017 on the $42 million, six-story parking structure with spaces for 1,750 vehicles. It is constructed of 1,274 concrete components, resembling enormous Lego pieces, cast at Clark Pacific’s plant in Woodland and trucked to the campus at night. 

The parking structure will be state-of-the-art in its design, innovations, and conservation programs. For instance, an automated vehicle-count system will provide regular updates on parking availability on digital signs at the University and the Sac State app.

PS 5 will be the first building in the California State University (CSU) system to be registered for Parksmart Gold certification from Green Business Certification, Inc., the same organization that certifies LEED projects.

The parking structure will look unlike any other, owing to its “leafy” exterior, designed by Dreyfuss+Blackford Architects. The 1,722 aluminum fins – painted various shades of green and mounted on aluminum posts – create a veil of "leaves” around the structure, allowing PS 5 to fit in with the surrounding foilage. – Dixie Reid