This parking structure was constructed in 2008 to serve the growing needs of the Poudre Valley Hospital Lemay campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. It lies on the west side of Lemay Avenue, across the street from the main hospital facility. The structure has four levels of parking providing 710 parking spaces primarily for staff use at this time. It is linked to the Medical Office Building to the south across Garfield Street and the main hospital building on the east side of Lemay Avenue by elevated pedestrian bridges.
Structural Consultants, Inc., served as the Structural Engineer of Record for this project, providing full design, construction document preparation, and construction administration services. The schedule represented the primary challenge for the design and construction team, with the owner’s request to design and build the parking structure within 12 months to accommodate campus parking phasing requirements and intersection signal reprogramming. Precast concrete framing was chosen as the structural system to take advantage of its durability characteristics and schedule opportunities. Exterior architectural precast panels also addressed the architectural design goals for the project incorporating brick and stone finish surfaces. Steel framed pedestrian bridge designs were developed to provide a contrast in appearance, and for ease of erection. The design and construction team effectively balanced the owner’s functional needs, serviceability requirements and appearance standards relative to their budget constraints.