The SAIT Polytechnic Parkade is a three-level parking facility on the campus of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. At 381,000-square-feet and with dimensions of 260’ by 560’, this structure and its accompanying road realignments consolidate and rationalize the current sprawled distribution of campus parking into a central facility. In turn, the structure both frees up developable land for additional facilities and uses parking as a means of reinvigorating campus life. Given its massive size, the primary design challenge for the building was mitigating its actual and perceived scale. BTA established a profound relationship between the building and its surrounding landscape by nestling the building into an existing hillside under an existing playing field where the SAIT Trojans play year-round, leaving only the east and south sides of the parkade fully visible. The roof level is the same as the ground level of the gothic Heritage Hall – one of the centerpieces of the campus – so that the building does not obstruct views of the historic 1921 building. Glass pyramids articulate the staircases and create atria that allow natural light down into the structure. To create visual interest and minimize the need for mechanical ventilation, the two exposed sides of the structure are enclosed by a dynamic pixilated screen mural of clouds. The metal screens have thousands of holes strategically punched into them, allowing natural light and ventilation into the interior of the parkade, while simultaneously creating a giant exterior art piece that interacts with sunlight to both depict, and blend into, the Alberta prairie sky.