This six-level, 2,200-car parking garage serves as a premium seat-holder amenity for Dickie's 14,000 seat multi-purpose arena. The arena and adjacent parking garage is part of a long-term master plan for the Memorial Center that was constructed in 1936 and hosts 2 million visitors annually to its Cultural District. The Memorial Center has outstanding examples of Works Progress Administration era buildings designed in a unique western Art Deco architecture. The design of the arena and parking garage embraces this Art Deco aesthetic. Given the parking structure’s large size and its prominence to pedestrians and vehicles from all four sides, David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc. wanted to create a facade that masked the garage’s inherent horizontality. Based on precedents found from the historic Memorial Complex, a series of vertical piers were developed that create a rhythm of vertical bays across three of the garage’s sides. Precast concrete was a logical material choice based on the depth and height, as well as the quantity, of these piers.
The facade of the parking structure was recognized as the Best Parking Structure in the 2020 PCI Design Awards.
Fort Worth, TX
David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc.