Thursday, October 13, 2016

Parking Structure Built To Last Up To 75 Years


Parking Structure
The entire structure is clad in an exterior skin incorporating a wave design.
DALLAS—The University of Texas at Dallas’ new parking structure IV opened on the first day of classes this semester. Located on the west side of campus, the $25.5 million facility will serve the needs of students, faculty, staff and visitors. 
The 392,000-gross-square-foot project is a stand-alone, five-story, cast-in-place post-tensioned garage that includes three signature garage entrances with elevator cores and stairs. The entire structure is clad in an exterior skin incorporating a wave design into the scrim. With 1,150 parking spaces, the new structure is expected to have a building life expectancy of 50 to 75 years.
JQ has substantially completed its structural engineering engagement on the structure. The project team included architect HKS Inc. and general contractor SpawGlass. The owner was represented by Dayle Pettus, project manager II, and Thomas Lund, senior project manager with The University of Texas System, as well asCalvin Jamison, vice president for administration, Robert Fishbein, assistant vice president of auxiliary services, Richard Dempsey, associate vice president for facilities management, and Thea Junt, associate director for energy conservation and sustainability, with UT Dallas. 
According to JQ principal Barry K. Krieger, “Although this parking structure presented numerous engineering challenges related to sloping grades, exterior skin, elevator cores, and funding for building and road work in separate packages, the visual impact is remarkable.”
JQ has been working with UT Dallas since 2000. The parking structure is one of several construction projects currently planned or in progress at the university campus for which JQ has been retained to provide engineering services.
“We are also in the design phase of work on a new 200,000-square-foot engineering building scheduled for completion in fall 2018, and our civil engineers are finalizing work on the 68,000-square-foot student services building addition slated for completion this November,” says Krieger.
Written by Lisa Brown - GlobeSt