The 1,532-space structural precast parking garage on the Ole Miss campus Oxford features a total precast concrete solution, including an embedded brick architectural precast façade, load-bearing walls, structural columns and beams, and a parking surface supported by field-topped double-tees.
The project represents a new and growing market for GATE Precast, as the embedded bricks effectively match the university’s traditional brick, which is normally hand-set.
“An all-precast-concrete design simplified construction, reduced costs, and compressed the schedule versus options with traditional masonry or other applied facade material. It also helped the design team replicate the local architectural feel with a more modern and durable solution.”
– Rob McConnell,
Wantman Group, Inc.
The archi-structural panels are embedded with old world, wood-mold bricks which helped bridge the gap between traditional building methods and modern prefabricated techniques.
Passive security is a prime concern in all parking structures but especially on university campuses. The open stair towers were instrumental in meeting this program. At the east entry, the architectural detailing of the elevator tower features reveal patterns, mitered corners, integral limestone color and embedded brick spandrels and column covers.
Several premium features are visible at this interior view of the west entry/exit, including open framing of the stairs, long span construction, high overhead clearance, stained white interior, barrier free walking surface, transition LED lighting, and reflective directional signage.
The designers employed long-span, prestressed concrete double tees; located shear walls to the exterior plane; and provided large openings in both the shear walls and light walls to maximize openness and visibility, while providing natural light and ventilation.
The garage is built on a deep foundation of cast-in-place piles and pile caps that support the earth-retaining walls as well as the precast concrete superstructure. The precast concrete detailing permitted superstructure erection to proceed with a nominal 2-in. gap between the precast concrete and the adjacent walls in place.
Having the earth retention separated from the superstructure allowed the precast concrete connections to be standard, economical anchor bolts and bars/grout splice sleeves.”
– Clay Hudson