Proj Overview

Project Overview

This nine-level, open parking structure, part of a medical office and surgery center for the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida, stands out for its palm-tree murals installed on the precast concrete wall panels. The decorative accent softens the scale of the structure and allows it to better blend with the surrounding medical-office campus.

Precast Solution

The facility, with a footprint of 310 ft × 280 ft (94 m × 85 m), stands 100 ft (30 m) tall. It features a total–precast concrete structural system, including columns, shear walls, lite walls (shear walls with openings cast into them to provide visual continuity), double tees, inverted-tee beams, stairs, horizontal frames, flat slabs, and spandrel panels. The panels form frames on the structure’s façade that help to reduce the visual mass. Metal-framed grilles were used to mimic windows on a building, providing a more pleasing appearance and aiding in mass reduction.

The murals, which were fit into the precast concrete frames, range in height from 32 ft to 61 ft (10 m to 19 m). The palm trees replicate original artwork created by nationally known local artist Maria Reyes-Jones. To further downsize the huge structure and heighten visual interest, colorful graphic banners dress up portions of the elevation.

A total of 1656 precast concrete components were erected on the project. The project went from start to completion in 15 months.

 

Awards
2011 PCI Design AwardsBuilding Award: Best Parking Structure (1000+ Cars)
Project Team

Architect

Baker Barrios Architects 

Engineer

Finfrock Design Inc. 

Contractor

Jack Jennings & Sons 

Owner

Orlando Health 

Precaster and Precast Specialty Engineer

Finfrock Industries Inc 

Key Project Attributes

  • Structure stands out for its palm-tree murals installed on the precast wall panels
  • Precast panels form frames on the structure’s façade that help to reduce the visual mass
  • The project went from start to completion in 15 months

Project/Precast Scope

  • Project Size: 767,300 ft2 (71,300 m2)
  • Project Cost: $27.5 million
  • 1656 precast concrete components were erected