Hybrid Packs a One Two Punch - The History of Hybrid Parking Garages


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Hybrid Packs a One Two Punch - The History of Hybrid Parking Garages

  1. 1. September, 20126 www.high-profile.com by Alan H. Simon O ften when I am seated in front of new clients discussing their parking garage projects, I find myself defin- ing a consultant’s value in terms of multi- ples of fee. How can I deliver the most ef- ficient and affordable program that meets each client’s unique challenge? The an- swer lies in critical thinking that leads to optimal solutions. One such solution for parking is the hybrid system: a combina- tion of structural steel and precast concrete that achieves both savings in construction and maintenance costs. This approach to parking also results in greater speed of con- struction; simple and lighter foundations; enhanced durability; more options for clad- ding, design, and aesthetics; and real sus- tainability with highly recyclable content. It is the building component of steel, with its many structural properties, that de- livers all of these benefits and often makes the hybrid solution the right one for park- ing clients. Steel that is exposed to view is much more easily maintained than is rebar buried in concrete that has lost its ability to protect steel when its environment has been changed by the intrusion of chemicals. Be- cause of the need for fast construction, pre- cast concrete has a greater potential for high strength and higher durability than does cast-in-place. Performance and innovation One of the earliest hybrid garage proj- ects with which I was involved as a mem- ber of the former Boston engineering firm of Zaldastani Associates, Inc. (ZAI) is in East Cambridge, Mass. Located one block from the Middlesex County Court House and CambridgeSide Galleria, the 600-ve- hicle garage has received decades of heavy use. Despite continual traffic, the garage is in pristine condition and is one of the best examples of the durability and ease of main- tenance afforded by a hybrid system where steel elements are exposed rather than em- bedded in concrete. The East Cambridge garage also dis- plays a unique look with its combination of brick façade and steel frame. Cladding, de- sign, and aesthetics often matter, especially in campus settings or any development where the garage must be integrated into its surroundings. Our team took on many large-scale garages on corporate campuses, including the Becton Dickinson project lo- cated in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Designed and built for a multinational corporate client and involving the renowned architecture firm of Kallmann, McKinnell and Wood, it was critical that the garage be in keeping with the look of the well-planned corporate cam- pus while at the same time being an eco- nomical and durable structure. The steel and precast approach enabled the team to meet these criteria. The hybrid system evolves In early 1990s, the portfolio of hybrid parking garages grew nationally as more clients and end users benefited from the ad- vantages of steel and precast under a design- build delivery format. The increase in popularity of the de- sign-build methodology cut across all areas of our industry, especially impacting garage design and construction since the precast industry was one of the first to embrace design-build. The design-build hybrid garage de- liverable was quickly adopted as an alterna- tive to precast and repeatedly, in the field, proved to be a more durable and cost ef- fective solution that was better suited for accommodating a variety of exterior treat- ments and cladding. Bottom line, the greater industry ac- ceptance and application of design-build amplified the benefits that clients receive from the steel and precast approach. These projects included seven AT&T garages in Middletown, NJ, and Warren, NJ. The firm’s hybrid design-build system proved so successful that an integrated park- ing garage design-build company was even- tually established. Market demand then led to the foundation of Hybrid Parking Solu- tions, LLC, a company that focused on the design and construction of parking struc- tures for private development. The company eventually transitioned into the parking and professional engineering firm that I founded with my design team. Simon Design Engi- neering, Wellesley, Mass., serves major cli- ents nationally with both parking as well as general structural engineering needs. The current and continued market desire for the deliverable of steel and pre- cast as a system and a 25-year-plus work- ing relationship with AISC member Berlin Steel Construction Co., Inc. has resulted in the formation of Hybrid Parking Garages, Kensington, Conn. The company’s most recent project is St. Anne’s Hospital garage completed this summer in Fall River, Mass., for Steward Health Care in association with Suffolk Construction. Looking to the future, the hybrid sys- tem will continue to reduce the extent of field welding and will feature comprehen- sive advancements in value-added design, as well as patent-pending and other innova- tions that seek to continually improve and solidify the hybrid approach. Alan Simon is a principal at Simon Design Engineering, LLC, Wellesley, Mass. and Hybrid Parking Garages. Hybrid Parking Solution Packs Powerful One-Two Punch East Cambridge parking garage St. Anne’s Hospital employee parking garage AT&T hybrid parking garages High-Profile Pull-Out Section: Structural Steel at Work Inside this Issue Windover Construction Completes Three School and College Projects BOND CM for UMass Fitchburg State Project Erland Tops Off New School Center with Robert Olsen + Assoc. 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