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500 Pearl Parking Garage

Precast Concrete Structural Parking Garage

Save time, labor, and money with a precast parking garage. 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.

High-quality precast concrete has the strength that rivals or exceeds that of cast-in-place concrete. Because of their inherent toughness, precast parking garages require little in the way of ongoing maintenance compared to other systems, which saves time, labor, and money. It can also meet the stringent construction requirements where maximum seismic resilience is necessary.

On the job site, the precast parking garage construction process offers a number of important 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.

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Structural Parking FAQs

For most structures, shear walls are a better solution than moment frames. Shear walls can be provided with little or no cost impact to a structure, since these walls can also be designed to carry gravity loads, thus replacing beams and columns. An example of this is an interior "light" wall, which is a cost-effective way to support tees on a ramp, but also, the "light" wall in an effective shear wall to resist loads in its long direction. The "light" wall has an added benefit as well in that it is more open than a system of columns and crossing spandrels.

The most effective way is to ensure that the deck members are cast with good quality concrete cast in plant controlled conditions. A low water-cement ratio is extremely critical in providing a long lasting durable parking deck. We typically recommend a water-cement ratio of .36 or less. This is a more effective method than use of corrosion inhibitors. Galvanized or epoxy coated reinforcing is not recommended, and may, in fact, reduce the service life of a garage.

Yes, we typically warp tees to accoomidate drainage. 

Care should be taken in keeping the stiff elements away from the extremities of a garage, but when this is done, it is possible to build a garage up to 325 feet in length without the need for an expansion joint. Attention must also be given to diaphragm loads, and the spacing of shear walls.

When the overall height of the structure is not a problem, we recommend floor to floor heights of 10' - 4" as a minimum. This will provide a clear height of 7' - 6" for each level within the structure, and will help in making the garage feel more open as well as improving the lighting and the visibility of signage. Additional clearance is sometimes required to meet ADA requirements.

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Colors & Finishes

With precast concrete, the aesthetic versatility of the product leads to endless possibilities for your next design. 

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