Case Study: Washington Crossroads
How did Carl Walker Construction, Inc. build this parking garage for $14,000 per space?
The Redevelopment Authority, County of Washington, PA, needed to significantly expand parking capacity in the downtown Washington, PA business district to accommodate growing employment in the Land America and Millcraft Center buildings. In late 2005, after determining the needs of businesses in the area, it became clear that the Authority had to have at least 800 spaces available in a fully functioning parking garage.
The site selected for the new parking structure was a central downtown location surrounded by a number of street level businesses. The parking garage would sit on land previously bisected by a city alley. The alley was abandoned by the city, and all utility services running through and beneath the alley needed to be relocated to the streets bounding the parking garage site prior to construction. At the same time, access to all businesses had to be maintained while the utility relocation work was being done. The Authority had an extremely limited budget to cover all phases of this Design/Build project and was committed to minimizing per-space construction costs. As a result, they imposed a $14,000 per-space cap on all project bidders. Those that exceeded the cap were removed from consideration.
In April 2006, after winning the job, Carl Walker Construction, Inc. immediately began work on the utility relocation phase of the assignment. At the same time, the company began site work for the garage. By refining preliminary architectural plans, Carl Walker Construction, Inc. successfully leveraged the client’s budget to achieve the desired parking capacity while minimizing per-space expenses to $13,882 per space – an accomplishment that brought the firm in below the client’s budgetary requirement. The revised design featured attractive brick-faced panels, as well as expansive use of glass in the stair and elevator towers. The project was covered extensively in the November 2006 issue of Parking Magazine, in an article entitled Everything Old Is New Again, which highlighted Carl Walker’s Design/Build and budget management skills. The parking garage was completed in May 2007, and was extremely well received by the client and parking garage users.
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“We are extremely satisfied with the product Carl Walker Construction, Inc. delivered. Field management was available to work through challenges. Carl Walker Construction, Inc. came to us highly recommended, and I would recommend them to my colleagues.”
Economic Development Director
Redevelopment Authority, County Of Washington