New CFAC Week 90: Parkade layout

August 2, 2016

NewCFAC_Week90 NewCFAC_Week90 When the new Centre for Arts and Culture opens in the fall of 2017, the entry point for many people will be the single-level, 102-stall underground parkade. Recently, the layout for the parkade was finalized, and although it’s an area people tend to take for granted, planning a parkade can be a complex task. The layout of the CFAC parkade was meticulously designed to create a smooth, safe and convenient entry for people driving and cycling to the building. 

Building a parkade isn’t as simple as just painting a few lines on a concrete floor. There are layouts that maximize safety and efficiency, considerations around stall size and spacing, and bylaws dictating things like drive lane width. Engineers and architects get involved to assist in planning around structural elements, such as support pillars.

Anticipated vehicle size is also an important consideration, as it affects stall size and quantity, and general maneuverability. The stalls in the CFAC parkade will be nine by eighteen feet each, industry standard for most passenger vehicles, comfortably accommodating everything from Mini Coopers to minivans. There is also an area designated for bicycle racks, supporting the many students, staff and faculty who bike to campus. The parkade will remain busy on many nights as well, accommodating audiences attending theatrical productions, musical performances and art exhibitions.

Last week, crews also worked on theatre lab rough-ins, floor polishing for interior corridors and conduit installation in the pedway.

Fast Facts:

  • Average manpower for the week was 322 workers
  • 14,793 m3 of concrete has been poured to date.

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