Experience plays a key role in design-assist, and the 9800 MCD parking structure project team brought extensive design-assist experience to the table. The team’s understanding of design-assist and the collaboration necessary to ensure a smooth flow from design to construction helped keep the project on track, even with challenges such as the structure’s architectural façade. The six-level parking deck features 190,000 SF of precast double tees, architectural columns and spandrels, with the north elevation and stair tower featuring a thin-brick façade that matches the adjacent office building. Designed to blend with the surrounding architecture, this thin-brick façade was challenging because of the shapes and sizes required to achieve the architectural concepts. Additionally, the exterior covering of the stair tower is glass framing, which meant less precast could be captured in the stability of the stair tower. The architect’s design featured brick inside the glass stair tower, and it was the use of precast that enabled this vision to be achieved.
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