MSU Park-n-Ride

MSU Park-n-Ride

James D.
Every growing university runs into a parking problem at some point, and Southwest Missouri State University was no exception. The campus had become landlocked, and parking was at a premium. The solution was to go up, and the Park and Ride project was born. S.M.S.U. could have used several different forms of construction for their new parking garage but both the university and the designers quickly realized that precast concrete was the fastest and most economical solution for the new parking structure. As design commenced, it became very apparent that schedule would be vital in successfully building the new garage. The schedule had to fit around the heaviest traffic and student load, and this would be a challenge. Prestressed Casting Co. played a key part in making the schedule work. By using a pre-topped double tee deck, the amount of cast in place concrete was kept to a minimum. Another great time saver was the use of load-bearing spandrels with an architectural finish. By combining a pre-finished, load-bearing member into one unit, the piece count was kept to a minimum. These two items, along with an innovative erection system, kept the total precast concrete erection time below 100 days. #Concrete #Construction #Garage #Missouri #Parking #Springfield #University
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