Completing erection the four-bay, four-level, 727-space Calvert Street Parking Garage in only 12 weeks, Winchester, Va.-based Shockey Precast produced
Completing erection the four-bay, four-level, 727-space Calvert Street Parking Garage in only 12 weeks, Winchester, Va.-based Shockey Precast produced and delivered 554 structural and 223 architectural precast pieces. The fa¡ade panels’ thin-brick inlay was instrumental in matching the design motif of surrounding Annapolis, Md., buildings. A significant role in achieving the striking and cost-effective finish can be credited to Innovative Brick Systems’ VersaLiner technology, including custom elements key to creating the fa¡ade’s ornate appearance.
Among the project’s 223 architectural panels were spandrels, thin-brick panels, cornices, copings and intricate column covers. Two distinct bond patterns, i.e., soldier and recessed courses, were selected, as well as two brick colors. Additionally, running and flemish bond coursings with intricate detail were incorporated. Layout and detailing of horizontal and vertical brick coursing presented a challenge to design and production team members, whose exacting attention assured proper alignment of brick between precast elements. Custom thin-brick formliners facilitated execution of fa¡ade detailing.
Also challenging for erection of both architectural and structural panels was a footprint limited to the parking garage’s interior. Accordingly, Shockey changed the access plan to eliminate ramp construction. Finally, moving the last erection phase to the street provided time and expense savings while allowing uninterrupted progress.