Award of Merit: Transportation Category
Atrium Palace Plaza Deck and Garage
Fort Lee, New Jersey
Submitted by Structural Preservation Systems, Inc.
Atrium Palace Condominium Association
Fort Lee, New Jersey
O & S Associates
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Structural Preservation Systems, Inc.
Hawthorne, New Jersey
American Hydrotech, Inc.
3M Concrete Protection Products
St. Paul, Minnesota
Constructed over 20 years ago, the Atrium Palace is a twenty-story condominium complex convenient to Manhattan. The Atrium offers health and fitness spas, a sauna, indoor/outdoor pools, tennis courts, and concierge services.
Surrounding the Atrium is a 153,200 square ft concrete plaza area sitting atop a two-level parking garage. The deck includes many amenities for the residents: tennis courts, a pool, basketball courts, a children’s play area, and a running track. Below the deck, the parking garage accommodates approximately 700 vehicles. Unfortunately, over time these areas suffered severe deterioration— mainly due to defects resulting from initial construction. In the garage, extensive shear cracking on the column corbels and beams was visible, as were spalls and failed post-tensioning tendons. On top of the garage, the deck was severely cracked, had failed expansion joints and was leaking water into the garage. Additionally, the recreational equipment was in poor condition and needed to be replaced. The appearance severely detracted from the elegance of the complex.
Restoring the structures to their intended use required intensive and well-coordinated repairs. Significant consideration had to be given to developing a complex phasing plan to ensure on-going facility operation. Each phase had to be designed and sequenced to displace only 150 parking slots at any one time. It is important to note that all work that had to be done in each area, above and below ground, had to be completed at the same time. Detailed scheduling was critical.
Through extensive planning, skilled execution, and communication with residents, this challenging project was a success. The owner was extremely satisfied with the results and is thrilled that the plaza and garage now enhance the atmosphere of the Atrium Palace.