Custom Designed Accents Add Impact to Parking Garage
The Johnson City Medical Center Parking Garage in Johnson City, TN, is a new construction project that added vital parking spaces to the facility. Standard parking garages can typically be a challenge from a design perspective. This project was designed to be different than the standard.
The stair towers for the garage feature large fins that provide visual interest to the large concrete structure. The towers have windows that span the entire exterior vertically, with a clerestory at the top that fills the stair with light. The exterior of the clerestory is flanked by the unique large metal fins.
The architect for the project was Carl Walker, Inc., a firm specializing in innovative parking ideas and solutions. The fins on the stair tower were detailed in aluminum with a clear anodized finish. The large size of the fins can be challenging to manufacture. The engineers at OMG EdgeSystems designed a solution to manufacture them in a way that would facilitate manufacturing and installation while keep the design intent intact.
“This project really showcased our unique capabilities. We love this type of work,” said Tina Duncan, an engineer ay OMG EdgeSystems. This project involved tapered column wraps made out of heavy gauge, 0.125" aluminum.
Originally, it was specified on the architectural details that the decorative aluminum covers be provided by the another company. But due to the complexity of these parts; tapered, heavy gauge, fabricated in four total parts per column with the overall total height of the columns being approximately 15 feet, OMG EdgeSystems was awarded the project. With our expertise and special approach to custom products, we were able to fabricate these parts with minimal welding and thus no-oil canning effects.”
The general contractor for the project was Skanska USA Building, with Morristown Roofing Company, Inc. of Whitesburg, TN as the installing contractor for the OMG EdgeSystems products. SPEC Building Materials was the local independent sales representative.