Proj Overview

Restoring the Pritzlaff Hardware Co. complex in Milwaukee, Wis., included building a new parking structure that takes its design cues from the original buildings. The structure is 119,000 ft2 and offers 300 parking spaces, plus an amenity that is being incorporated in more parking structures nowadays: a rooftop patio.

The top level was designed for tenants to use as an event space for weddings, parties, and other celebrations. It features a patio with built-in gas grills.

Read more about this project in the Summer 2020 issue of Ascent.


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Project Team


Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates

Structural Engineer

Spire Engineering

Parking Structure Construction Manager

Selzer Ornst Co.


Sunset Investors

Precast Concrete Producer


Key Project Attributes

  • Primary challenge in designing the parking structure as the layout.
  • Double tees provide maximized spans that other building materials cannot, while keeping safety at the forefront.
  • The owner initially considered cast-in-place, balked because it was considerably more expensive than precast concrete.

Project/Precast Scope

  • 300 spaces
  • 119,000 sf
  • 278 pieces