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British Telecom America Parking Lot Tracking SystemEl Segundo, CA234934
Proj Overview

Project Overview

British Telecom constructed a solar photovoltaic system for its North American corporate headquarters site, with the vast majority of its 2000 solar modules mounted on top of a state-of-the-art, elevated single-axis tracking system installed above the site’s parking lot. This is the first use of a long-span, prestressed system to support photovoltaic tracking panels.

Precast Solution

Use of the precast for the mounting structure was 15–20% lower in cost than the typically used steel mounts. The smooth, natural concrete finish does not require the annual maintenance that steel structures would need to keep a quality finish in the salt air environment. The project is a showcase for an innovative use of precast and hopefully is the first of many such systems.

 

Awards
2010 Design AwardsBest Custom Solution: Building
Project Team

Owner

British Telecom, El Segundo, Calif. 

Precast Producer and Precast Specialty Engineer

Mid-State Precast, Corcoran, Calif. 

Architect and General Contractor

El Solutions, San Rafael, Calif. 

Engineer of Record

Nakaki Bashaw, Irvine, Calif. 

Key Project Attributes

  • First use of a long-span, prestressed system to support photovoltaic tracking panels
  • Use of the precast for the mounting structure was 15-20% lower in cost than typically used steel mounts
  • The smooth, natural finish of precast does not require annual maintenance 

Project/Precast Scope

  • Project Cost: $6 million
  • Area: 156,704 ft2
  • Number of stories: 1
  • 81 columns 
  • 81 IT beams
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