Federal Reserve Parking Garage
PGAL served as Architect-of-Record for this four-level, 300-car parking garage for visitors and staff.
Garage floor elevations match those of the building, which enabled PGAL to connect the two structures with a bridge. This also allows delivery vehicles to access the second floor of the garage. The wire mesh screening system used on three sides of the garage mimics the building’s large-scale running bond brick pattern to blend in.
The garage is immediately adjacent to the building’s central plant, as well as offices and shops for the facility's maintenance division. These can all be accessed from the parking garage.
The complex is designed to meet tough building code requirements for hurricane-prone areas with high wind loads and requirements for shading from the tropical sun. The project met blast, thermal, ballistic, wind load, and acoustic criteria, as well as sustainability and energy goals.
The compound required a number of perimeter features, including blast and security setbacks and a screening area to control the movement of vehicles into and out of the site. With security screening areas incorporated into the parking garage, visitors can be screened before entering the pedestrian bridge. The screening facility was prompted by new security requirements following 9/11, and has since become a model for other federal banks.
The site accommodates a variety of vehicular traffic, including employee and visitor automobiles, large armored carrier trucks, check courier vehicles, 18-wheel tractor-trailers, and school buses. Separate routes, loading docks, and passenger discharge and pick-up areas are provided to isolate the various types of uses and users.
- Four-level, 300-car parking garage that accommodates a variety of vehicular traffic, including employee and visitor automobiles, large armored carrier trucks, check courier vehicles, 18-wheel tractor-trailers, and school buses
- State-of-the-art security screening facility that has since become a model for other federal banks