Harvard Towers Parking Garage

Cambridge, MA

Market: Parking




2017 Award of Excellence, Parking Structures Category and Project of the Year Finalist, International Concrete Repair Institute
Harvard Towers Parking Garage
Harvard Towers Parking Garage
Harvard Towers Parking Garage

Constructed around 1962, Harvard Towers includes a two-level, below-grade parking garage below the ground-level plaza. The intermediate elevated deck in the cast-in-place concrete parking structure suffered from widespread deterioration in the slabs and pan joists. SGH investigated the cause of deterioration and designed a rehabilitation program for the garage.

Scope | Solutions

During our condition assessment, we observed extensive deterioration in the concrete slabs and pan joists, primarily caused by corroding reinforcement due to chloride contamination. We also noted localized damage to other structural elements such as beams, foundation walls, and columns.

We developed a rehabilitation program to repair damage and extend the useful life of the parking garage. This program included the following:

  • Replacing all the slab and pan joists at the intermediate deck

  • Performing localized concrete repairs at the plaza deck and other structural elements

  • Strengthening the existing concrete structure to support new loads

  • Installing a new vehicular traffic-bearing waterproofing system on the new deck and a new waterproofing system on the plaza

Removing the existing deck elements was challenging, since these elements provided lateral bracing to the soil-retaining foundation walls and columns supporting gravity loads from above. SGH worked with the contractor to develop a phased demolition plan and cost-effective, temporary lateral bracing system that would not impede construction activities.

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