Proj Overview


Demand for parking at the University of California Davis (UC Davis) Health Campus exceeded capacity on the Sacramento property. Additional development would further reduce available parking, so it was critical to design and construct a parking structure to meet the future needs of the campus. The solution was Parking Structure 4, a new five-level, employee permit parking facility.

Read more about this project in the Summer 2022 issue of Ascent.


Parking Structure 4 is adjacent to a residential neighborhood, which influenced many aspects of the design, says Ginger Thompson, project designer with Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture. The design-build team was challenged with creating a structure that would minimize noise and light spillage and meet the design aesthetic. It was important to take advantage of the limited noise a precast concrete project generates.


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Project Team


Dreyfuss & Blackford Architecture


Clark Pacific


University of California Davis Health



Precast Concrete Producer

Clark Pacific

Key Project Attributes

  • Prefabricated elevator towers embraced the spirit of off-site manufacturing.
  • The impact of precast installation is limited to truck traffic and the crane for just a short duration. Despite the time constraints, the precast concrete was installed in record time.
  • Speed and nimbleness were key to overcoming not just the constraints of working within a medical campus, but the urban setting and neighborhood restrictions.

Project/Precast Scope

  • Precast concrete components included double tees and hybrid moment frame
  • The campus’ aesthetics, integral color, and formliners throughout the precast concrete elements provide textures and tones.
  • Taking advantage of the precast concrete system, the design uses a shorter spandrel beam to create larger openings. This increases the daylight entering the structure but still blocks the headlights.