The six-level Mercantile Ramp is a total precast concrete parking ramp that offers 367 new parking spaces to downtown Fargo visitors. The parking ramp is surrounded on all sides by mixed-use and residential development. It is part of a new mixed-use project that features apartments, condos, retail space, public restrooms, and a new home to the Fargo Police Department.
Overall construction objectives for the parking structure were time, labor, and resource savings. Precast concrete was chosen for this project because of its ability to accelerate the rate of construction while reducing the number of trades required on site. The project was completed on time and under budget.
Taracon Precast manufactured the precast concrete for this project which included precast concrete beams, columns, double tees, hollow core, insulated and solid wall panels, and precast concrete stairs.
Additional time and labor savings were achieved by construction crews being able to utilize the precast concrete stairs immediately after they were installed. These precast concrete stairs were used by the workers to haul materials and move workers to different floors. The precast concrete stairs eliminated the need for temporary access stairs and dangerous scaffolding.