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ARB IS RETROFITTING AN OFFICE CAMPUS GARAGE FOR VERTICAL EXPANSION. BY TIM O'CONNOR

T

oday's office building developers like to tout their design and
lifestyle amenities: how much
of the façade is made from glass,
what restaurants are nearby, how many
treadmills the workout room has and what
sustainable materials were used in construction. But for many companies, parking
availability is every bit as important as
those more marketable features.
A good parking spot is not only a convenience; it's a status symbol - and a revenue
generator. High-end office buildings in Orange County, Calif., can charge up to $1,200
a month for a reserved ground-level covered
parking space near the entrance. Demand
and revenue potential has office developments thinking about how to maximize
their parking availability, leading to opportunities for dedicated parking structure
builders such as California's ARB Structures.
The company's latest project, the parking
garage at The MET Costa Mesa office development, has put its 21 years of industry
experience and knowledge to the test. The
project is a complete seismic retrofit of an
existing two-level parking deck that enabled an "over-build" to add two additional
levels of parking. The vertical expansion
of the parking structure will increase the
garage's total number of parking space from
434 to 700 so that it can better serve the
three surrounding office buildings and a

ARB Structures - The MET
Costa Mesa Parking Structure
www.primoriscorp.com/business-units/
arb-structures
* Project cost: $9.6 million
* Location: Costa Mesa, Calif.
* Employees on ite at peak: 55

"We've never expanded a garage
in is fashion exac y."
- David Grant, project executive

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CHRIS SAN PAOLO

Commercial | ARB STRUCTURES - THE MET COSTA MESA PARKING STRUCTURE

Going Up

parking garage for The
» The
MET is located between several
high-rises and a highway.

24/7 fitness center. "This is an effort on their
behalf to provide parking so they can fully
lease the office buildings," ARB Project Executive David Grant says.

Vertical Decision
Most parking garage expansion projects are
adjacent to vacant land that can be built on
to increase parking capacity. However, the
existing garage at The MET is strategically
abutted by two of the office buildings, the

fitness center and I-405. The only way to
build out the garage was to go up. "The
main reason for going vertical was because
there wasn't space or additional adjacent
land to do a horizontal expansion," Project
Executive Craig Morrison says.
Demolishing the garage and building a
larger structure from scratch was another
option, but ARB determined it could save
the client, McCarthy Cook & Co., more than
$1 million by retrofitting the existing build-


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