Parking garage

The importance of restoring a parking garage

Why consider a car park restoration project?

A common misconception in building construction is that concrete lasts forever. However, car parks – especially underground car parks – face many problems during use that can cause structural damage and affect the life of concrete. These can include delamination due to salt, chemicals, vehicle fluids, general wear and tear, as well as damaged columns and soffits, and other outside factors such as erosion and ground shifts all of which negatively affect the life of your parking structure and can lead to large, costly repairs if left unaddressed.

Commercial business owners and property managers often fear the high costs associated with parking garage restoration projects and tend to wait until damage becomes a serious issue before contacting a professional for repairs. However, a comprehensive and proactive maintenance plan that detects initial damage and problems within the parking structure is essential to prevent aggravating problems.

Why consider a car park restoration project?

When people enter your building or establishment, one of the first things they notice is the condition of the parking structure. This provides a representation of your business or building that potential customers and tenants use to judge the quality of your establishment, either positively or negatively. In fact, CBRE found that 93% of respondents believe that a business’s amenities, such as a parking structure, are a big contributor to the company’s bottom line. If people notice more consistent issues, they may eventually choose to go elsewhere, regardless of your products, services, or other amenities.

Any parking garage restoration project requires experience and attention to detail. Hiring a team of professional engineers ensures that the project is carried out efficiently, with the right materials, methods, technology and a focus on delivering a comprehensive restoration strategy that increases the value and extends the life of the structure.

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30-50 Hillsboro Avenue Parking Garage Rehabilitation Project

Located in one of Toronto’s most desirable neighborhoods, 30 & 50 Hillsboro Avenue was built in the mid to late 1960s and consists of two 24-storey high-rise residential buildings on a 4-storey underground parking lot. levels. The footprint of the underground parking structure was much larger than the buildings above, and an assessment determined that the parking structure was in poor condition due to exposure to de-icing salts and moisture , which justified the need for major concrete repairs and replacement of the waterproofing system.

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RJC Engineers acted as prime consultant on this project, which involved large-scale concrete and waterproofing repairs to the underground structure, as well as complete demolition and reconstruction of the podium landscape around the perimeter of the two buildings. The podium landscaping was replaced with new hard and soft landscaping elements to meet the requirements and criteria of a high profile property and included repairs to the building facade to improve its aesthetics and appeal outside.

RJC engineers are focused on a comprehensive restoration strategy. Contact us today to get started

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Deena S. Hawkins

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