When the county made aware its intent to solicit the services of architects and construction managers in the delivery of a new parking garage to serve county-managed Terminals 2 and 4 at the local port, many local firms, large and small, took note! PRESWERX was contacted by a Joint Venture of two local firms, both of which were well-known and highly reputable in the community, but alone, might not have otherwise pursued the project. The $110M parking garage was a significant project, complicated by its proximity to the adjacent redevelopment of the county’s convention center, and the need for a significant pedestrian bridge that would provide connectivity from the new garage to the aforementioned cruise terminals.
Sitting with operations team members, PRESWERX co-developed solutions to a number of critical construction challenges. First, was the concept to construct the parking garage, using conventional poured-in-place methods, and to do so in a way that would allow for the first level of the garage to receive a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, that would then allow port operations to continue, in a safe and secure manner, beneath the ongoing construction of the garage, as its construction continued vertically throughout the cruise line’s peak travel season. Additionally, PRESWERX conceptualized a solution to construct the proposed pedestrian bridge by prefabricating it off-site, bringing it in by barge, and lifting it into place (over the existing, operating cruise terminal buildings).