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Commercial | ARB STRUCTURES - THE MET COSTA MESA PARKING STRUCTURE
'To create a safe environment, you need
to keep up with the cleanup.'
with further expansion in mind. "We have designed this structure
for [the owner] to be able to add an additional level at a future
time as well," Grant says. In lieu of a fifth level, the garage will also
incorporate a 30-by-18 foot billboard that will advertise to passers-by on I-405.
The parking garage was
designed to allow for another
level to be added later.
tural work is now completed, including the exterior ramp that will
take cars to the second level and the interior ramps to the third and
The vertical nature of the expansion posed a number of challenges for the project, which is why ARB erected the over-build
The MET parking garage was the first vertical parking structure
expansion ARB has undertaken. As such, it offered many lessons
that the company will carry forward to future projects. Logistics is
a challenge on any tight construction site, but even more so when
active buildings surround the project. With the parking garage out of
commission, McCarthy Cook & Co. maximized its remaining surface
parking and utilized parking shuttles to help transport tenants due
to increased distances from the office buildings.
On the construction side, ARB developed a logistics plan that juggled the needs of the office tenants and the peak hours at the fitness
center with subcontractor operations. A firelane that is closed to regular traffic was used to coordinate material deliveries and concrete
pourers. "Traffic control was instrumental in getting deliveries safely
to the site," Grant says.
ARB's success on The MET parking garage has already earned it an
opportunity to do another vertical parking lot expansion. Morrison
says that project, which is set to begin next year, will have a lot of
the same conditions, but ARB's experience promises to make the
entire process go more smoothly. "There was a lot of lessons learned
in regards to keeping up with the daily cleanup, the wastewater,
the soil, the excess concrete," Morrison explains. "To create a safe
environment and productive work place, you need to keep up with
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