Legacy Salmon Creek

This 1,500-stall parking garage for Legacy Health System's Salmon Creek Hospital was the first parking structure in the Pacific Northwest to utilize SmartBeam technology and take advantage of Stearns' design/build steel construction breakthroughs for long-span and heavily loaded floor systems.

Stearns used SmartBeam to span the 62-foot bays on each of the seven floors of the structure, as well as for the perimeter girders; thereby achieving a 50% weight reduction compared to concrete structures.

SmartBeam was chosen over concrete because the lighter weight material reduced foundation demand, provided substantial cost savings, improved garage lighting and security, and accelerated the construction schedule.

Project Details

Client: Legacy Health System's Salmon Creek Hospital

Location: Vancouver, Washington

Contractor: Skanska USA

Architect: Zimmer, Gunsul, Frasca

Engineer-of-Record: KPFF Consulting Engineers

Size: 450,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 7

Number of Stalls: 1,500

System Type: SmartBeam, Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2004



U.S. Green Building Council LEED in 2004; achievement level: Recognition.