James A. Cummings

University of Florida Southwest Parking Garage

Built in the core of University of Florida’s main campus in Gainesville, the UF-290 Southwest Parking Garage was a Design Build project, consisting of a multi-story office facility and parking garage. The facility has been certified LEED Gold by the USGBC. Construction features included sitework, drilled concrete piers, cast-in-place concrete and reinforced concrete floor slabs, architectural and structural precast concrete, masonry, structural steel and roofing systems, sprayed-on fireproofing, aluminum-framed storefront systems, acoustical panel ceilings, tile and carpet floor systems, exterior textured coating, office and directional traffic signage, aluminum canopies, parking control equipment, fire protection, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and communication systems.  The site, which is located in one of the most highly-congested areas of campus, included an extensive amount of existing underground and surface utilities.  The project required close coordination of numerous existing power utilities, including 69kV and 12 kV overhead lines and a 23 kV underground ductbank.  The construction of underground chilled water vault tie-ins required precision due to the volatile nature of existing transite chilled water piping throughout the campus underground. These tie-ins, which are adjacent to a six-story parking structure, are the only leak-free chilled water connections on UF’s campus between existing transite piping and new black steel chilled water piping, thus creating a campus standard for chilled water connection vaults that the Physical Plant Division (PPD) can access to monitor and control. The sensitive chilled water pipe connection required asbestos abatement and a hazardous material removal plan. In order to successfully connect new black steel chilled water pipe to existing transite mains, the transite piping had to be modified so chilled water couplings could join to the new black steel.