Dublin Parking Garage
Parking in downtown Dublin continues to be a problem, and even more so with the new Bridge Park development. The City of Dublin and Columbus Metro Libraries saw an opportunity to not only add more parking, but also update the Dublin Branch Library, originally built in 1980. The library is moving slightly on the same site, allowing for an addition of a new adjacent 4-level parking garage with 200 spaces reserved for the library, including a book drop on the first floor. Our scope includes structural concrete frame, slab on grade, shear walls and structural concrete access stairs.
Upfront detailed planning is essential when there are two projects going on concurrently and new active roads are all around the site. The southern roadway leads to a school and must remain open with heightened safety precautions for children in the area. Due to this, our team prepared to use two pumps for the deck pours on the south side, one on the left and the right within the footprint of the building. One side of the garage is built into a hill, creating a need for the retaining wall and backfill to go in prior to one of the roadways, which is not a typical building sequence for a parking garage. Now the west entrance of the garage leads to the 2nd floor, while the south entry is directly on the slab on grade.
There are 3 access core staircases with architectural walls. The 46-foot-tall, 18 inches wide walls are self-supporting and must be poured first due to the architectural components of multiple horizontal rustications and tie hole patterns that are unique in each core. The stairs and landings will then be placed afterwards to tie everything together. Both the parking garage and library are anticipated to open early in 2019, providing convenience and benefit to the Dublin community.