Science Museum of Virginia Parking Garage

Richmond, VA
Glave & Holmes
S.B. Ballard

Project Overview

The existing surface-lot parking for the Science Museum of Virginia (SMV) was at a premium, so the City of Richmond decided to replace the surface lot with a new precast concrete parking garage that would provide increased parking capacity, improve parking quality for visitors to the SMV, and be more user-friendly to the community.

A precast concrete design provided the cost-efficiency, speed of construction, and openness desired by the City of Richmond for the new SMV parking deck. Metromont’s Richmond manufacturing facility produced nearly 101,000 SF of precast concrete for the garage, completing precast assembly in just two months. The four-level deck includes three elevated levels of precast and provides 400 new spaces for visitors to the Science Museum of Virginia. To complement the SMV’s architecture, Metromont utilized an acid-etch finish and form liner that replicated the limestone and classical details of the SMV. The total project was completed in three months, increasing the parking capacity for the SMV sooner than would have been possible with other construction methods.

Project Details

101,000 SF of precast concrete
Four-level deck with three elevated levels of precast
400 new parking spaces
Total project completed in three months

Architectural Details & Finishes

Acid-etch finish
Formliner that replicated limestone and classical details of SMV

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"Metromont was an excellent partner and worked seamlessly, closely to collaborate almost as an extension of our design team. It’s incredible how quickly it all came together.”
Scott Johnston
AIA Johnston Design Group
"The precast concrete design was able to meet the stringent performance requirements of the structure while providing an aesthetically pleasing, sustainable final product at an affordable price point."
Ben Townes
Townes + Architects
"Metromont’s team embraced our idea and got their whole team on board. It’s one thing for sales managers to want to make architects happy, but to have the plant manager, the finishing crew foreman and engineers fully engaged is something else. Metromont was extremely cooperative – the project was a win-win for everyone.”
K.J. Jacobs, AIA
McMillan Pazdan Smith

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