The University of Alabama Tutwiler Parking Deck

The University of Alabama Tutwiler Parking Deck

The University of Alabama’s new parking deck façade takes advantage of the precision, consistency and economy of precast concrete. The seven-floor, 511,800-square-foot parking deck represents Phase 1 of a multi-phase project to provide on-campus living space, food service and parking for students on campus.  

Architectural precast concrete panels designed by Evan Terry Associates create the look of brick and carved limestone in the highly detailed deck envelope and was recognized as Best Parking Structure Facade in PCI’s 2021 Design Awards. 

“We were able to gives this structure the same strength and permanence as the original century-old buildings still standing on the university’s campus.”

– Neil King, Evan Terry Associates

The university prides itself on the architectural beauty of its campus. Many of its oldest buildings were designed in the neoclassical style, so school administrators wanted the garage to match seamlessly with the campus palette. 

An architectural precast facade embedded with thin brick offered the ideal choice, as it adhered strictly to classical design proportions and scale in the deck’s balustrades, cornices, parapets and entablatures, while significantly accelerating the schedule. In the past, these architectural elements were hand carved from limestone and other materials, but the precision and economy of precast, complemented by a thin brick veneer, enabled the team to more affordably replicate classical details.  

“All of this adds up to a building that has the clean, classic looks, along with the stature and permanence, of a building that is truly built to last.”

– Neil King, Evan Terry Associates

Precast was appealing for other reasons – it’s cost effective, extremely durable and low maintenance. The versatile material gave the structure the same strength and permanence as the original century old buildings still standing on the university’s campus.

LOCATION
Tuscaloosa, AL

ARCHITECT
Evan Terry Associates

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