Quincy Center is experiencing a development boom. Ideally located in the middle of Quincy, Massachusetts, it offers access to local entertainment, retail, restaurants and historic sites. Within walking distance to the MBTA Red Line, the location makes it easy to commute to downtown Boston. What used to be a large parking lot on Hancock Street now anchors a vibrant neighborhood.
The first wave of development on the Hancock lot included two large mixed-use developments and a new precast concrete parking garage. Chestnut Place is a 15-story apartment complex and the 7-story residential project is called Nova Residences Quincy.
The new 258,000 SF parking structure features 5 elevated levels and 1 below grade to accommodate 712 cars. The structured parking supports the two adjacent residential properties as well as public parking.
Manufactured by Dailey Precast, the above grade structure portion of the facility is a precast concrete system of walls, columns, beams, double tees and spandrels. Adjacent to a very busy intersection, coordinating the delivery and installation of precast was critical. Dailey Precast worked out the logistics with Lee Kennedy Co., the General Contractor.
The goal was to ensure continuous flow of precast deliveries while minimizing disruption to the surrounding community. The precast concrete system, which included 604 components, was erected in only 36 days from early April, 2019 through mid-May, 2019.
In addition to the constructability challenges, Dailey Precast ensured that the layout of the garage and the architect’s design intent were met. A curtain wall system clads the precast stair tower and admits plenty of natural light. The stair and elevator core featured intricate framing while it simulates a traditional precast stair tower.
The architectural features include unique elements as well as the traditional brick masonry commonly found in Quincy. The exterior façade features areas of thin brick, deep reveals, custom terra-cotta baguettes and louvers. These varied shapes and profiles provide architectural screening and act as sunshade devices and aesthetic elements.
Along the Revere Road elevation, punched windows and terracotta screens complement the surrounding mixed use buildings and mask the parked vehicles inside. Landscaping around the garage perimeter also softens the nature of the facility and helps it blend into the neighborhood. The inlaid brick complements that found on the adjacent Nova Residences, which are connected directly to the garage by an atrium.
The buff colored precast concrete spandrels contrast nicely against the brick and terra cotta architectural features. The deep reveals in the precast spandrels feature inset traditional red brick. They create shadow lines that enliven the structure along with the undulating façade that breaks up the long bay sides.
At the entrance, precast spandrels support a metal canopy denoting access to the garage while spandrels at the roof line support architectural fins to complete the design aesthetic. Below grade, the parking expands beyond the footprint of the garage and beneath the plaza. The public plaza connects the garage to the Nova Residences Quincy and provides landscaped public space for neighborhood gatherings and food trucks.
Quincy Center's new precast concrete parking structure replaces the former surface lot along Hancock Street and features a red brick façade with terracotta accents that complements the burgeoning neighborhood.