UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA – RICHARD A. BEARD PARKING FACILITY
PROJECT INFORMATION:Project: Richard A. Beard Parking Facility
Location: Tampa, Florida
Owner: University of South Florida
Construction Cost: $17.8 Million
Project Size: 8 Levels / 2,000 Spaces
Completion: April 2008
The Richard A. Beard Parking Facility is an eight-story, 2,000 space facility that serves the residents of the adjacent student housing complex as well as students and faculty of USF’s College of Engineering.
Precast concrete construction provided both an economical and durable solution for this facility. Shear walls were used as structural and architectural elements on the elevations of the garage and the façade features an elastomeric textured coating to create an aesthetically pleasing and contextual appearance. Clear-view interior walls, glass backed elevator towers and an emergency call system all help to enhance security. Three stair towers and two elevator towers provide for efficient vertical pedestrian circulation.
As part of a corporate restack, or restructuring project, the fifth floor of Building C at the Southside Campus was developed into an Integrated Operations Command Center (IOCC). The secure, technology-rich area serves as a key logistical nexus for all Bank of America communications throughout the region and features clean power as well as emergency cooling / power systems.
Along with the IOCC, the employee lounge and break-out areas were completely retooled, a new emergency generator building was constructed to house 2 new Caterpillar diesel generators, and a 3-story parking garage (500 spaces) located on the southernmost portion of the sprawling, 52-acre, 740,000 square foot campus.