To support the growing demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, the City of Pasadena recently opened its new Arroyo Parkway Charging Depot, providing 26 fast chargers to the public. The new depot includes fast-charging stations owned by the City of Pasadena and by Tesla. Global design firm Stantec assisted with the design of the charging plaza.
The new Arroyo Parkway Charging Depot follows the April 2020 launch of the Marengo Charging Plaza, one of the largest public fast-charging stations in the nation, growing the fast-charging network in Pasadena. For the Arroyo project, Stantec led the design of the city-owned power supply and electrical distribution plus the DC Fast Chargers, which serve all EV types. “Fast” chargers are high-power EV chargers that minimize charging time, getting drivers back on the road with at least an 80% charge in approximately 30 minutes or less. Stantec’s design team engineered the associated electrical and structural facilities including the plan check permitting.
“Pasadena Water and Power continues to be a leader in providing charging options for electric vehicle owners in Southern California,” said Wicus Postma, a sector leader in Stantec’s Energy and Resources group. “Growing the EV infrastructure helps with the community and state sustainability and clean air goals. Projects like these are tied to the future of transportation, and we’re excited to continue supporting the City of Pasadena.”
“We hope that by adding more charging locations, Pasadena residents will feel secure with the idea of purchasing an electric vehicle as the state navigates this transition toward zero-emission vehicles,” said Steve Mermell, City Manager of the City of Pasadena. “We recognize that alleviating range anxiety and implementing robust charging infrastructure is necessary to promote adoption.”
The new Arroyo Parkway Charging Depot is one of several EV charging infrastructure projects Stantec is delivering in support of California’s goal to decrease emissions and increase clean air using EVs. In Northern California, the firm is supporting the California Department of General Services in developing a series of charging infrastructure projects. The projects involve site assessments at state-owned properties—including prisons, remote Department of Fish and Wildlife locations, hospitals, and parking garages—and detailed infrastructure design.
In City of Rochester, New York, Stantec recently completed the design for the installation of 27 charging stations at seven locations throughout the City, selected for their public profile and traffic patterns—the first such installations in Rochester. The firm is also assisting two confidential EV developers with the rollout of their ultra-fast DC charging stations at more than 120 locations across Canada. Stantec provides the siting, electrical, civil, survey, and structural design services and is coordinating with cities, developers, and utilities for design guidelines.