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Award of Merit: Parking Structures Category

Riverview Center Parking Garage Repair Project
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Menands, New York

Submitted by Structural Preservation Systems, Inc.


Riverview Center Parking Garage

Owner
Loeb Partners Realty
Menands, New York

Project Engineer/
Designer

VStructural LLC
Springfield, Virginia

Repair Contractor
Structural Preservation Systems, Inc.
Hawthorne, New Jerse

Material Suppliers
VStructural LLC
Springfield, Virginia

Watson Bowman Acme Corporation
Amherst, New York

Riverview Center Parking Garage, a facility adjacent to the Riverview Center Office Building in Menands, New York, accommodates approximately 700 vehicles in an area of 200,000 square feet. After decades of experiencing severe freeze-thaw conditions and being exposed to de-icing salts, the 35-year old structure experienced failure at the second supported level. 

A full condition assessment was conducted including chloride ion testing, post-tensioning system probes, chain drag/hammer sounding, and petrographic analysis. Upon completion of the comprehensive survey, a multi-step repair program was developed. 

Several design considerations were part of the repair program. Most crucial of these were the failed second supported level and the repair to all of the cantilevered expansion joints. Each project challenge was met including an innovative repair strategy for the second supported level. This project also had a number of construction considerations including cost-saving scheduling measures, precautions taken to protect building occupants and quality control initiatives.

The Riverview Center parking garage repair project was performed under a team-oriented, design-build approach involving the engineer, the contractor and the owner. The project is an excellent example of how a successful solution-oriented collaboration between the owner, the engineer and the contractor can optimize time, economics and repair solution options.

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