Proj Overview

Project Overview

Mariano’s grocery at 16th and Clark in Chicago is a complete three story precast structure with the first level retail and two upper levels of parking.

Challenges included preventing water intrusion into the store from the garage and determining the garage ramping in the tight space. The garage was designed with jump ramps to accommodate the rapid inclines in the compact building footprint. To separate retail from parking, the floor structure above the retail area includes untopped double tees, a rubber membrane, insulation, and then a traffic coating.

Precast Solution

Exterior precast panels are load bearing with cast in thin brick. The exterior panels utilize white cement, tint additive, acid etch and two colors of utility-size thin brick. An intricate pattern of two brick colors dominates the exterior and gives the effect of depth to the panels.  

The interior consists of precast columns, beams, stair/elevator shafts, double tees, precast stairs, and solid slabs. 


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Project Team


Solomon Cordwell Buenz 


Sound Structures, Inc. (formerly Robert L. Miller Associates) 


Ujamaa Construction, Inc. 


Power Construction 


Mariano's Fresh Market/Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc. 


ATMI Precast 

Precast Specialty Engineer

PEC (Precast Engineering Company} 

Precast Erector

Waubonsee Development (an affiliate of ATMI Precast) 

Thin Brick Manufacturer

Endicott Clay Products Company

Key Project Attributes

  • Mixed-use project consists of 55,000 square feet of retail space and 110,000 square feet of parking   
  • Full height architectural panels also act as the load bearing exterior structure, eliminating duplication of exterior system and internal structure   
  • White cement was utilized in precast double tees on the top, open-air parking level to meet Solar Reflective requirements
  • Erection took just 25 days and was completed two weeks ahead of sched

Project/Precast Scope

  • 40,000 square feet of precast exterior wall panels   
  • 8,500 square feet of precast interior wall panels   
  • Precast panels measure 12 feet wide by 40 feet high   
  • 105,000 square feet of double tees   
  • Double tees measure 12 feet by 60 feet   
  • 13,000 square feet of precast solid slabs   
  • 2,700 lineal feet of precast columns and beams   
  • 123 precast exterior and interior wall panels    
  • 174 precast double tees
  • 490 total precast pieces