The SORA project is a post-tensioned parking structure with decorative precast cladding on the west elevation. The decorative wall cladding was incorporated into the plan to achieve a clean and professional finish that would highlight the unique design.
The south stairway that provides access from the parking ramp to the street was constructed with 8” precast concrete wall panels. The exterior walls have an architectural mix and were poured using a form liner to achieve a zebra stripe pattern. Eight-inch cladding pieces on either end of the west elevation match the finish of the stair tower.
The stair tower was erected using a 350T hydro. A majority of the cladding was erected using a tower crane. A small portion of the cladding was erected using a spider crane set up on the top level of the post-tensioned deck where the tower crane couldn’t reach.
Working with multiple contractors and timelines on this project was a unique challenge due to the different phases of completion of the surrounding projects.