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Parking resources were in high demand as more than 7 million patrons visited this Universal theme park last year. This impressive 1.8 million sf nine-level parking structure utilized more than 67,000 cubic yards of concrete. Connecting to the structure are four vehicular bridges, a cast-in-place helix ramp, a two-way crescent ramp and a pedestrian bridge. Rubber coated steel expansion joints were selected as a solution to dampen the noise of cars traveling throughout the garage that could otherwise be heard in the nearby neighborhood.
Using three-dimensional laser scanning on the pedestrian bridge –which connects all nine levels of parking to a single public pathway into the theme park – ensured ADA compliance and aided in meeting the schedule. Additional scope items included underground utilities, installing an electrical substation and roadway work leading to the parking structure.
1.8 million square feet for 3,900 cars
International Parking Design
Excellence in Concrete, American Concrete Institute (So Cal Chapter)