Downtown Library Garage
Kansas City, MO
Architect: 360 Architecture, BNIM Architects
Size: 153,000 SF
JE Dunn completed construction of the 485-car garage adjacent to the recently renovated downtown Kansas City Library. An exterior treatment creates the illusion of a row of books, paying homage to great literary contributors of our time.
The parking garage includes space for 485 cars on five stories, four of which are above ground. Precast concrete, precast double-tee's, and cast-in-place concrete make up the basic structural components. Aluminum panels were used for the 'bookend' effect with the panels being fastened to the vertical precasts. Each 'book' features a printed cover of 3M Scotchprint which was affixed to the aluminum panels.
Three sides of the structure utilize horizontal openings on each level, giving an open feel while maintaining a secure environment. The garage is flanked on two sides by glass-enclosed stairwells and an elevator. Other unique features include precast stairs designed to look like books lying on their sides, bricks creating a customized pattern, and a unique wrought iron handrail system.
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute - Best Parking Structure - 2005
Industrial Designers Society of America - Bronze IDEA Award - 2005
Society for Environmental Graphic Design - Merit Award - 2006
Industrial Design Excellence Award - Environments Bronze - 2006
International Parking Institute - Award - 2005
Signs of the Time magazine - International Sign Best in Show - 2006