High Concrete Group and Four Seasons Produce are large employers in northern Lancaster County that have trouble recruiting entry-level workers for late-night and early-morning shifts.
About 20 miles to the south, meanwhile, are Lancaster city residents who might be interested in working for one of the companies.
But there’s a problem matching job openings with job candidates. Many city residents don’t have a car or even a driver’s license. And the Ephrata bus route ends miles short of both workplaces.
Location: Lancaster, Pa.
Type of Precast: CarbonCast® Double Tees, spandrels, shear walls
Size: 185,000 sq. ft., five stories, 395 spaces with nearly 15,000 sq. ft. retail
Once bustling with retail business and pedestrian traffic, the City of Lancaster, Pa. is working toward rebuilding a vital and vibrant downtown. Designed with an intention to stimulate the Lancaster economy with much-needed commuter and transient parking and 15,000 square feet of retail space on two floors, the 185,000-square-foot Queen Street Station Parking Garage complements the city’s historic streetscapes and creates a pedestrian-friendly aesthetic.
Built on a former surface parking lot, the seven-story precast concrete structure offers 395 parking spaces for much-needed parking to commuters who take a Red Rose Transit Authority shuttle to Lancaster’s Amtrak station. Three bus bays improve the flow of the buses, serving 11 bus routes and allowing a more convenient exit from the structure onto Chestnut Street.
Street-level retail space accommodates the Federal Taphouse, a new restaurant and brewpub that offers live music on selected evenings. The atmosphere of this trendy new eatery turns a once-dark corner into a hub of activity.
Composed of 1,416 pieces of precast concrete, the structure is designed to allow additional expansion of up to 10 additional stories. The upper garage levels feature brick façade with buff precast exposed on the spandrel openings to suggest a window frame. The light sandblast finish on the grade level precast concrete gives a clean and striking appearance to the restaurant entrance, and provides a pleasing aesthetic to the vehicular and foot traffic on the streets around the building.
The grand opening of the facility, held in fall 2012, was an event for city leaders, local business owners and area residents, as a signal of the growing prosperity and revitalization of this historic city.
Enhanced Parking Garage Structures