Parking garage

Planned Replacement of Manatee County Parking Garage

MANATEE COUNTY – After recent engineering investigations revealed structural issues in the county’s parking structure, Manatee County officials are taking action to mitigate risk while continuing to keep employees and citizens safe.

“The garage is safe to park,” County Administrator Scott Hopes said. “Technical studies have confirmed this.”

But these studies also confirmed that the concrete and steel car park – built in the late 1980s in a very wet and humid environment – began to weaken from the inside.

“There may have been a period of deferred maintenance,” he explained. This resulted in water intrusion into the concrete, causing the steel to deteriorate. Dr Hopes went on to say that the problem now is the estimated costs to carry out several repairs. recommended by the technical study and the duration of these repairs over the now limited lifetime of the structure.

“It would only save us five to seven years of useful life,” he said. The decision to replace the garage with a new one – designed to last 50 years or more – was therefore made.

“It will be safe today,” county commission chairman Kevin Van Ostenbridge said. “It will be safe tomorrow.”

But he says that by taking decisive action and moving quickly to put contingencies in place, all sorts of potential disasters are averted.

“We allocate funds in advance so that even if the situation changes and we need to act quickly, we will have the funds to do so,” he said.

Although there is no timeline for demolition or construction, plans and schedules are being developed, and these details will be shared with employees and other stakeholders as they unfold. progress of the garage replacement process.


Readers’ comments

George Mendez
JUNE 22, 2022 • Every parking garage in Florida is built in an environment of humidity, rain, storms, and the occasional “nameless storm” or hurricane. Factors that MUST BE considered during design and construction. Contractors bid for the project, with the winner bringing in subcontractors who may or may not be familiar with building parking garages. The government entity responsible for oversight should ensure that building inspectors should be trained for this type of construction. This idea of ​​allowing self-inspections has been the downfall of several condominium buildings built on the river. Taxpayers’ money is used and must be accountable to them.
Paul Finner
JUNE 19, 2022 • Figures. Farewell library. Farewell Btown Town Hall. Farewell to the old little theater where they said there was no room to build a new theater so they built a giant hotel. Rename Manatee County “Builders County”.

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Deena S. Hawkins

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