Biomed Garage and Strings Program Upfit Design

Location: Columbia, SC

Michael Baker provided conceptual alternatives, design, and construction administration for a 1,400-car garage and a 7,200-square-foot upfit for the university's Strings program.
This precast concrete structure was designed in a double-helix configuration to minimize the number of turns required to move vertically through the garage, thereby reducing travel times as much as possible and improving serviceability. The footprint is roughly 250-feet square, which creates a very efficient and cost-effective layout yielding a cost of just over $10,300/car. The exterior skin is composed of precast panels with brick inlay and aluminum accent pieces to blend well with the adjacent buildings and became a transition building on the USC campus.
The university Strings upfit included numerous, small practice rooms, three large performance areas and support spaces.
Due to early budgetary concerns, Michael Baker recommended the use of a precast system that saved almost $4 million off of the initial estimate. Michael Baker continued to work closely with the construction manager and precaster to be as efficient as possible with details and component configurations.