Parking garage should be ready this summer

Published on Saturday, 1 February 2014 22:57 - Written by By Kelly Gooch

A new parking garage downtown is expected to be complete this summer. But before the first vehicles can use it, many parts are involved in bringing the project to fruition.

City engineer Carter Delleney said Walker Parking Consultants was hired to do the design for the Fair Plaza Garage, at Elm Street and South Broadway Avenue. And now, Manhattan Construction is serving as the construction manager at risk.

Once above ground level, each level of the parking garage is about the same to construct, said Project manager Andrew Reese, with Manhattan Construction.

He said each project is unique and has its own challenges, and the parking garage project has been enjoyable.

“We’re proud to work here in downtown and build this project…,” Reese said. “It’s always enjoyable to build a relationship with the owner and find out what they want in the project and what they’re using it for and really give them a quality product that they can be happy with, that they can be proud of, that they can use to its full intent.”

This project, being a parking garage, does not have much interior finish-out, Reese said, but the details in the facade and the structure itself are interesting to build.

He said the project includes a precast facade with brick in it, which is supposed to mimic older buildings. Additionally, Delleney said, the parking garage will include a tower, which will house parts of a historical clock that was displayed on top of the old Smith County Courthouse.

Reese said a grand opening for the project is expected in July. As of Tuesday morning, the project was about 25 to 30 percent complete.

When it is complete, the parking garage will feature four levels, including the ground level, as well as 384 parking spaces.

It will be a public parking garage with a fee-based parking system.