Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 144
Civil | CARL WALKER CONSTRUCTION
The 350 Oliver development is seven-story parking garage and mixed-use facility
consisting of roughly 25,000 square feet of
street-level restaurant/retail space and 585
Contributing to the high-profile nature of
the project was the demolition of the former
Saks Fifth Avenue building, which was an
iconic building in Pittsburgh's downtown.
Its replacement, as well as the diversified
use of the new building, required Carl
Walker to consider various structural and
aesthetic solutions during design.
Carl Walker's team designed an integrated topping and waterproofing system
over retail space, and an aluminum façade
system. "The aluminum façade system
transforms the building to look more like
an office building rather than a parking
garage," McElhaney says.
With adjacent buildings mere feet away
during both demolition and construction,
Carl Walker also had to take many protective precautions while performing this
work. In addition, the design of the foundation presented its challenges.
"We had to design the foundation and the
garage superstructure to support a 10-story
tower on top of the parking garage," Palmieri says.
Carl Walker considers itself fortunate
to have played such a significant role
in a signature project that is part of the
continued revitalization of the greater
Carl Walker has tackled a number of other
high-profile projects in the Pittsburgh area.
In 2010, the company completed construction of a $50 million, 2,000-space steel
frame, cast-in-place, post-tension parking
garage - which is its largest project to date
- for the casino Sands Bethlehem. This
year, it completed work on a $6.5 million,
350-space parking garage for St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Carl Walker is also in pre-construction
for a dam project in Beach City, Ohio. The
$1 million project for the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers will take about six months to
complete. It is an example of some of the
company's specialty projects.
"We are moving the existing rails of the
emergency overflow gates and replacing
them," McElhaney says. "It's a pretty techni-
HUB at 3 Crossings helped
transform old trucking yards
and an industrial building.
cal job. Access to the area and the timing is
challenging. You have to watch water levels
while you are working."
Aside from that job, Carl Walker completed a relatively large project, the HUB
at 3 Crossings, last year. The project helped
transform old trucking yards and an industrial building in Pittsburgh. The development required a multimodal hub for the
neighboring residential and commercial developments including space for cars, bikes,
Carl Walker performs parking
garage design, construction,
restoration and more.
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