St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, located in Potomac, Maryland, is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool through grade twelve. To accommodate its growing student body and the local community, the school needed additional parking facilities that would complement the existing buildings and structures on the school’s campus. Modern amenities such as electric vehicle (EV) charging stations were also required so the structure could more effectively serve the needs of students, faculty, and community members alike.
Using precast concrete, the parking structure’s facade was able to achieve a look that blended well with the existing buildings and structures on the school’s campus. The team utilized tan concrete with different sandblast depths, Glen-Gery thin brick, and grapevine mortar joints to ensure a complementary, cohesive look and feel. Choosing precast concrete enabled a short construction duration, allowing the project to be completed in a timely manner and meet the tight deadline with no issues.
The school’s name adorns the entrance of the new parking garage, along with an image of its Rampant Lion mascot. The garage features one bay, one level, and provides over 100 parking spaces for students and faculty. To meet modern vehicle needs, an EV charging station was also installed inside the structure. For easy access, an open exit also leads directly to updated spectator viewing areas for both the baseball and softball fields.
Precast concrete provided a range of benefits throughout the lifecycle of this project. Because the project was developed well ahead of the timeline and the precast concrete components were manufactured in an off-site facility, the project was able to be constructed, erected, and completed before students returned back to campus for the 2021 school year.