Carl Walker Construction

How did Carl Walker Construction, Inc. help expand parking 3 ways for Pittsburgh’s new baseball stadium in record time?

In 2001, the City of Pittsburgh opened PNC Park, a baseball-only stadium that would serve as home to the Pittsburgh Pirates. To support the new stadium, a significant amount of new and refurbished parking was required.  A new 925-space garage was needed on the city’s North Shore, adjacent to the new ball park. A downtown garage, that could be viewed from the ball park positioned across the Roberto Clemente Bridge, required a significant facelift, and the parking facility at Station Square, on the city’s South Side was targeted for expansion.

Carl Walker Construction, Inc. was selected to work on all 3 garages simultaneously.

For the North Shore garage, contracts were awarded by the Pittsburgh Sports & Exhibition Authority to Carl Walker Construction, Inc. in November of 2000, with the caveat that the garage be completed and in operation for opening day of the new stadium in April 2001. The parking structure would have to be constructed in the winter months, when temperatures ranged from 15º to 20ºF.

At the downtown garage, the facade required a complete repaint and facelift.  In addition, interior stairwells required updating, access ramps had to be installed, and lighted panels had to be installed on the refinished exterior.

At Station Square, the garage, owned by Forest City Enterprises, had to remain open as two new levels containing 400 parking spaces were added to the existing post-tensioned cast-in-place structure. Carl Walker Construction, Inc. was given 100 days to meet a July 4, 2001 completion deadline.

The North Shore parking garage construction began immediately. The precast structure, designed by WTW Architects, featured an elaborate façade that allowed the garage to blend in with other office and commercial buildings in the immediate area. Work was completed on time and on budget.

At the Sixth and Fort Duquesne parking garage downtown, sections of the existing paneled façade were removed and backlit panels – designed to resemble the appearance of windows – were installed in their place.  The parking structure’s mustard-colored exterior panels were then painted a dark cobalt blue to coordinate with the colors used in the baseball stadium, which was located directly across the Allegheny River from the garage.  On the interior, the stairwells were updated and ramps were installed to make the garage more attractive to patrons.  All work on the garage was completed by opening day at the ballpark.

At Station Square, Carl Walker Construction, Inc. used the top deck of the existing garage as a staging area for the new construction. Within three weeks, stair and elevator towers were extended vertically by two floors, and the steel skeleton for the two new parking levels were in place.  A large crane facilitated steel erection, and disruption was kept to a minimum. As required, the two new levels of the garage were open for operation by the first of July. This allowed Fourth of July fireworks watchers to view Pittsburgh’s annual fireworks display from the new top level of the garage.


“I’m very impressed with the Carl Walker Construction, Inc. organization.  Their leadership team will work with you closely to help you achieve your goals.”

Bob McGurk
Regional Development Director
Forest City Enterprises


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