Proj Overview

Project Overview

This structure serves as a parking garage and rental car facility for Halifax International Airport. Precast concrete was chosen as the building material because of reducing cost, large clear spans, superb quality control, and speed of construction. Double-tees allowed the designers to achieve clear spans that provided openness, clear visibility, and intuitive vehicle movements within the garage.

Precast Solution

Perhaps the most intriguing part of this facility is the “basket weave” pattern of faceted precast concrete. The basket weave provides for a unique design feature to the garage that would traditionally have been a solid or plane wall. As part of the basket weave, punched windows were inserted to provide natural light into what is a structural shear element.

Another innovative aspect of the project is the use of cable guard rails, which were threaded through the precast columns on the exterior of the garage. The precision of precast allowed for inserts and guideways to be created in the plant with absolute accuracy. Another innovation was the use of local blue stone aggregate that is exposed through a variety of methods in the precast elements.


2010 PCI Design AwardsBuilding Award: Best Parking Structure (1000+ Cars)
Project Team


NORR Ltd., Architects Engineers Planners 


BMR Structural Engineering, Halifax, NS 


Three C’s Contractors Ltd., Lower Sackville, NS


Halifax Airport Authority, Enfield, NS, Canada 


Strescon Ltd., Bedford, NS 

Precast Specialty Engineer

NORR Ltd., Architects Engineers Planners Toronto, Ontario

Key Project Attributes

  • Precast was the obvious choice for reasons of cost, clear spans, quality control, and speed of construction
  • The structural flexibility of precast concrete enabled designers to open the east elevation of the garage toward the airport terminal
  • The use of precast concrete and double-tees provided natural ventilation and an abundance of natural light

Project/Precast Scope

  • Area: 935,108 ft 2
  • Project Cost: $41.6 million
  • Number of stories: 5