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Whether you call them precast parking garages, parking structures, parking ramps, parkades or car parks, structured parking made of precast concrete is the leading choice for designers in the United States for speed, economy and low life cycle cost.
At the core of virtually every High Concrete Group parking structure is the 15'-wide MEGA-TeeTM, which is 25% wider than typical double tees. The 16'-wide MEGA-Tee is available for use in 48' bays that facilitate generous turning areas for today’s larger vehicles. Parking structures built with MEGA-Tees have fewer pieces and provide a smoother driving surface, improved lighting and reduced maintenance. High Concrete Group makes it easy to design precast parking structures that meet your design, cost and schedule requirements.
Structured above-ground parking with large bays for better parking efficiency and fewer precast members. Precast cladding for non-precast structures.
Over the past 40 years, precast concrete has been the number one choice when building above-ground parking garage structures, and with good reason. Precast concrete offers greater strength and impermeability, as well as superior durability. It also offers a wide range of design options that feature wider bays and the need for fewer columns, improving vehicle circulation efficiency.
Our capability to construct materials concurrently in a factory setting can result in lower costs than a cast-in-place construction process, which can also increase the likelihood that your parking structure project will be completed on time and on budget.The fact that the completed precast concrete members remain stored in the factory until they are ready for use also limits their exposure to the elements, which can minimize the potential for weather-related damage during construction.
Other Precast Parking Garage Benefits
There are a number of additional benefits of using precast parking garage construction. As mentioned, precast concrete is known for its remarkable durability. High-quality precast concrete has strength that rivals or exceeds that of cast-in-place concrete. Because of its inherent toughness, precast parking garages require little in the way of ongoing maintenance, which saves time, labor and money. It can also meet the stringent construction requirements where maximum seismic resilience is necessary.
From an aesthetics perspective, a precast parking garage design can include a wide range of colors, textures and veneers. Instead of being an unattractive eyesore, as is the case with many cast-in-place structures, the garage can actually complement the surrounding architecture and enhance the appearance of the area.
Architects appreciate the flexibility that precast concrete provides in terms of design options and creating the ideal visual appeal. Precast concrete provides the flexibility to incorporate design features such as longer spans and custom shapes to meet specific project requirements. A combination of finishes can also be applied to a single piece such as exposed concrete, stone or brick, and it can be easily integrated with other building components and systems.
On the job site, the precast parking garage construction process offers a number of important worker safety benefits. Since the concrete members arrive preformed and ready to go, it eliminates the need for on-site pouring and other concrete manufacturing processes that could put workers at risk of injury, especially during inclement weather. There is also less chance of worker accidents at the manufacturing facility because precast concrete is produced in a tightly controlled, closely supervised setting with strict adherence to safety guidelines.
Precast parking garage construction also provides many advantages in terms of sustainability. Less need for storage and staging areas during construction, faster overall project completion times and lighter footprint combine to reduce the overall site impact. Unlike cast-in-place concrete, precast concrete is completely recyclable. The parking garage design can include de-constructible precast concrete that can be reused in future construction projects.
Precast Concrete Garage Prices
When compared to the upfront costs of other garage structure types, precast concrete garage prices are regarded as highly competitive. As mentioned, the prefabrication process helps to shorten the project times, which lowers the overall cost. Architects also have great ability to control the price by taking advantage of the built-in flexibility available with the precast parking garage design process. When factoring in the durability of the structure as part of the cost-benefit analysis, precast concrete garage prices will be even more affordable in the long run. This is due to the excellent long-term return on the initial investment.
The Best Choice for Precast Concrete Parking Garage Structures
High Concrete Group is widely recognized as an industry innovator when it comes to precast concrete parking garage structure products. We’re known for our ability to provide creative solutions for even the largest and most complex projects, helping architects, parking consultants, and engineers perform their tasks more efficiently in the process. We strive to build relationships based on trust with all of our clients, and we always stand behind the products and services we offer.
A Service-Oriented Business Approach
Speaking of services, we offer our clients an extensive menu of value-added services that can benefit their own operation. These include evaluation of design drawings, continuing education programs that are available online and via in-person visitation, and various online training and educational seminars.
Contact Us for a Free Parking Structre Quote
High Concrete will be happy to help you learn more about the many advantages of precast parking garage design and construction. To get started, contact us for a free parking structure quote or fill out the convenient online form to request additional information.
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