More Parking for Tight Site

W.E. O’Neil Construction Company was contracted to build a 500,000 square foot, 6-story parking garage at Evanston Hospital. As a long-time customer, with plenty of experience using the Garage Beam System for similar structures, they knew they could count on Symons to provide the equipment and support necessary for this large project.

Several construction projects occurring simultaneously at the hospital, created restrictions related to site access and equipment storage. The contractor asked Symons to come up with a plan that minimized the amount of materials and maximize reuse so that storage difficulties would be reduced.

Early unforeseen delays in demolishing an existing parking garage and pile driving for the new structure created a very tight construction schedule for subsequent construction. In addition, weather conditions contributed to contractor concerns.

Project Manager Gary Stratman and Superintendent Pat Ridge were concerned that these delays would cause them to miss the deadline by an unacceptable margin and push them over budget.

To address both of these concerns, Symons recommended that the contractor accept a partial shipment of wood joists so that deck panels could be pre-built. This plan allowed the contractor to delay shipment of the steel beam forms and supporting frames until they were actually needed, minimizing rental costs.

By early December, the contractor had completed demolition and preliminary construction work. This early stage included using the Versiform forming system for the foundation walls, with some of the gangs measuring up to 38' high. In addition, the specified 30" x 30" concrete columns for the parking garage were formed with the Steel-Ply® forming system.

On December 15th, the first deck pour was made with the Garage Beam System. Although the project was later delayed by other factors, W.E. O’Neil reported that the detailed plans provided by Symons and the efficiency inherent in the Garage Beam System allowed them to make up for some lost time when conditions allowed.

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