Jackson County Parking Garage

 

This 8-story, 174,000 sq. ft. steel-framed parking garage utilizes both cellular beams and buckling restrained braces. Stearns’ decision to transport the CBs to the fabricator’s yard via rail was not only an environmentally sustainable decision, but an economical one as well. Additionally, by choosing a local fabricator, Stearns reduced the transportation distance while supporting the local economy.

Thanks to well-coordinated logistics and cost-saving measures such as these, Stearns completed the project ahead of schedule and on budget, leading to the decision to expand the project from 6-stories to 8 and once again include Stearns as part of the project team.

 

Project Details

Location: Medford, Oregon

Client: Jackson County

Contractor: JE Dunn Construction

Architect: ORW Architecture, AIA

Engineer of Record: KPFF Consulting Engineers

Size: 174,000 sq. ft.

Number of Levels: 8

 

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Adventist Medical Center

A 116,000 square-foot parking structure for Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Adventist Medical Center is considered the largest employer in Portland’s District 47 and the Emergency Department is one of the busiest in the city. Due to increasing patient demand, expansion was necessary to accommodate the needs of the surrounding communities. Adjacent to the hospital is a new 4-story pavilion providing various medical services and an outpatient surgery center. The modern multi-level steel-framed parking structure offers convenient access to the new facility for patients and visitors.

Due to previous successful project collaborations, the team once again turned to Stearns to recommend the most effective and economical structural steel system. The 4-story parking structure is framed with cellular beams to meet KPFF Consulting Engineers’ schema for strength and spanning criterion. Stearns provided the coordination and design of the cellular beams and connections to interface with wide-flange girders and columns for an aesthetically pleasing structural steel system.

Stearns’ early involvement and steel integrated solutions allowed them to commence detailing early in the design while progressing with component selection, procurement, and fabrication. This aided in schedule and cost-saving advantages.

Acknowledging Stearns' involvement with the project team, Travis Baker, Andersen Construction Senior Project Manager, affirmed,

Having Stearns’ expertise at the table early on allowed us to make design decisions and establish an accurate conceptual budget. The detailing and procurement processes were very smooth, which led to an efficient steel erection process. The structure, in no small part due to Stearns’ participation, was turned over to a satisfied client ahead of schedule.”
 

Project Details

Client: Adventist Medical Center

Location: Portland, Oregon

Contractor: Andersen Construction

Architect: Petersen Kolberg & Associates

Engineer-of-Record: KPFF Consulting Engineers

Size: 116,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 4

Number of Stalls: 473

System Type: SmartBeam, Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2006

 

Awards:

2010 Top Projects, Private Building, $50M - $100M by DJC Magazine.

Ranked #1 Healthcare project for 2007 by Northwest Construction.

 

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Carr Chevrolet

Stearns assisted with design and engineered the structural steel elements for this contemporary showroom for Carr Chevrolet.  Stearns' procurement, fabrication, and fast-track construction helped bring this project to successful completion on time and within budget.

Project Details

Client: Intracor

Location: Beaverton, Oregon

Contractor: McCarthy

Architect: Sienna Architecture

Engineer-of-Record: R.F. Stearns, Inc.

Size: 41,600 square feet

Number of Levels: 1

System Type: Structural Steel

Completion Date: 1998

 

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Good Samaritan

A new 116,000 square foot, 380-stall parking garage for Good Samaritan Hospital. This 4-level, free-standing structure is framed in cellular beams, not only for its added strength and cost-saving advantages, but also for its architectural design and aesthetics. Additional architectural features include two full-height green screen towers on each side of the structure. The towers are set out from the building line, framed in wide-flange beams, and have woven wire mesh for vegetation growth. Each level has framing for planter box support.

Stearns was brought on board to recommend and provide the most economical and efficient structural steel system. Stearns assisted the Engineer-of-Record with design development and used their advanced technology to detail and coordinate the SmartBeam® system and conventional structural steel elements. Stearns worked in close collaboration with the construction team to furnish and install the entire steel package and vehicle barrier cable system while executing an aggressive steel construction schedule.

Project Details

Client: Good Samaritan Hospital

Location: Puyallup, Washington

Contractor: Skanska USA

Architect: Clark Kjox & Griffin Bolte Jurgens

Engineer-of-Record: ABKJ Engineers

Size: 116,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 4

Number of Stalls: 380

System Type: SmartBeam, Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2008

 

Awards:

LEED Silver Certification for its sustainability, recyclable materials and its energy efficient design.

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Honolulu Ford

Stearns was recommended by Hawaiian Dredging to provide structural steel design assistance, procurement, fabrication, and fast-track construction for this dealership.  The structure is framed in steel and exposed girders line the ceiling of the 12-bay service center, providing an industrial look. The structure was designed with rooftop parking above the bays for storage of additional inventory.  Honolulu Ford sells new and used vehicles and is able to accommodate many customers in need of car care service within their multiple bays.

 

Project Details

Client: Honolulu Ford

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Contractor: Hawaiian Dredging Construction

Engineer-of-Record: Baldridge & Associates Structural Engineers

Size: 51,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 2 levels and rooftop parking

Number of Stalls: 12 service bays

System Type: Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2003

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Legacy Emanuel

A  89,000 square-foot parking garage for Legacy Emanuel Hospital’s expansion project. This architecturally unique 3-level, free-standing structure is framed in cellular beams and was designed for future vertical expansion. The structural system features buckling restrained braces which are a specialty steel item that resists seismic loads and performs better than standard steel sections. This portion of the project required Stearns' close coordination with the design team. The structure was built using SmartBeam technology.

 

Project Details

Client: Legacy Emanuel Hospital

Location: Portland, Oregon

Contractor: Hoffman Construction Co.

Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca

Engineer-of-Record: Catena Consulting Engineers

Size: 89,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 3

Number of Stalls: 422

System Type: SmartBeam, Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2008

 

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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

 

Awards:

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

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Pacific Plaza

A 149,000 square feet steel-framed parking garage and addition of office and retail space. Once an eyesore on Tacoma’s developing downtown street scape, the renovated building adds a new vibrancy to the area. The design team implemented green initiatives such as a vegetative roof which lowers overall temperatures of the building and reduces energy consumption, and a rain water collection system which utilizes a centuries old Turkish bath that was uncovered during construction and used as a cistern to irrigate the roof garden.  Thanks to these measures, Pacific Plaza became Washington’s first commercial office building to earn LEED Platinum Certification, received the Ghilarducci Award in recognition of successful new development & renovation by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, and was awarded the Commercial Revitalization Award by the City of Tacoma.

At the recommendation of Absher Construction, Stearns joined with PCS Structural Solutions to assist with design development. Stearns furnished and installed all structural steel components, provided shop and construction drawings, and implemented Smartbeam™, an innovative approach for long-spans that deliver greater strength with less weight and offer aesthetic appeal.

 

Project Details

Client: Pacific Plaza Development LLC

Location: Tacoma, Washington

Contractor: Absher Construction

Architect: BLRB Architects

Engineer-of-Record: PCS Engineers

Size: 255,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 8

Number of Stalls: 500

System Type: SmartBeam, Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2007

 

Awards:

Ghilarducci Award – Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce

Build Washington Award for Green Building – Associated General Contractors of Washington

LEED Platinum Certification

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Port of Portland

Stearns was brought on board early by Skanska USA to supply and install all structural steel components and provide construction services for the complete structure on a critical path schedule. Stearns assisted KPFF Consulting Engineers with design development, construction design, and fabrication for this 7-story, 164,000 sq. ft. office building and parking garage project. Stearns' efforts ensured that the project was completed on time and within budget.

Project Details

Client: Melvin Mark Development

Location: Portland, Oregon

Contractor: Skanska USA

Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership

Engineer-of-Record: KPFF Consulting Engineers

Size: 164,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 7

Number of Stalls: 350

System Type: Structural Steel

Completion Date: 1998

 

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Providence Everett

A 316,000 square-feet, 8-level, steel-framed parking structure provides patient access to the medical tower. Stearns provided design assistance of the cellular beams and connections to interface with wide-flange girders and columns. Stearns furnished and installed the entire steel package and architectural elements. Providence Regional Medical Center has grown beyond a community hospital, to a national, award-winning regional referral center.

Project Details

Client: Providence Everett Parking Garage

Location: Everett, Washington

Contractor: M.A. Mortenson

Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca

Engineer-of-Record: Magnusson Klememcic

Size: 316,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 8

Number of Stalls: 1,000

System Type: SmartBeam, Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2006

 

Awards:

Ranked #6 Healthcare project for 2008 by Northwest Construction.

Providence Everett Parking Garage was also featured as a Top Project by Northwest Construction Magazine.

 

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Providence Medford

This free-standing, 207,000 square foot parking garage for Providence Medical Center in Medford, Oregon, is a representation of R.F. Stearns’ ability to call upon their design creativity, structural steel expertise, management capabilities, systems integration, and team-building to meet their customer’s budgetary and scheduling needs.

Due to Stearns experience with SmartBeam® structural steel systems, they were invited by Andersen/S&B James - A Joint Venture, to provide a similar steel scenario they had performed previously on another parking garage project. Working in collaboration with Equilibrium Engineers, Stearns assisted with the coordination of the SmartBeam® system and conventional structural steel elements through their detailing technology and steel project management. Stearns furnished and coordinated the installation of the entire steel structure, metal floor deck, stairs and railings, and the vehicle barrier cable system used throughout this 4-story, 608-stall parking garage.

A unique aspect of the project was the architecturally-exposed entrance canopies made up of large tube steel frames. The canopies were detailed and coordinated with Stearns’ structural steel shop drawings and shipped in single large pieces to the field. Erection aids were provided to assist with the installation of these items.

Recognizing Stearns’ contributions to the project, Kris Anderson, Project Manager of Andersen/S&B James – A Joint Adventure affirmed,

“Stearns facilitated the project team in developing the erection zones for the project and provided value-engineering input on how the building fit-up in the erection schedule. Stearns’ recommendation for the use of SmartBeam was a key role in the steel selection process, which provided significant cost and weight savings opposed to going with a concrete structure. Their input was of great value to the construction team, and I would highly recommend Stearns for future projects.”

Stearns’ ability to provide complete system integration utilizing long-span SmartBeams, and their value and expertise to the project team helped make this performance-driven project a success.

 

Project Details

Client: Providence Medical Center

Location: Medford, Oregon

Contractor: S&B James / Andersen Construction

Architect: Jon R. Jurgens & Associates

Engineer-of-Record: Equilibrium Engineers, LLC

Size: 207,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 4

Number of Stalls: 608

System Type: SmartBeam, Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2006

 

 

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Providence North

This LEED Gold certified garage was built on a tight urban site and required close coordination between Providence, the adjacent neighborhoods. The complex design for the garage included a curved parking structure with compounded slopes for the steel and was built on a radius to respond to the surrounding site context. Stearns provided procurement services for the aesthetically pleasing use of SmartBeam.

Project Details

Client: Providence North

Location: Portland, Oregon

Contractor: JE Dunn Construction Co.

Architect: Jon R Jurgens & Associates

Engineer-of-Record: Interface Engineering

Size: 212,100 square feet

Number of Levels: 7

Number of Stalls: 370

System Type: SmartBeam

Completion Date: 2008

Awards:

LEED Gold Certification

Second Place Private Buildings More Than $50M by DJC Magazine

 

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Providence Sunnybrook

This unique 2-level, 18,300 sq.ft. parking garage is framed in cellular beams. Stearns provided design assistance, systems selection, fabrication, and an aggressive steel construction schedule. SmartBeams were incorporated into the project not only for their aesthetic appeal, but also due to decreased structure weight advantages and cost efficiencies. In order to avoid interrupting patient access to the medical office building, construction crews were restricted to erect the garage from only one side.

Project Details

Client: Providence Health Systems

Location: Clackamas, Oregon

Contractor: Howard S. Wright Construction

Architect: Jon R. Jurgens & Associates

Engineer-of-Record: KPFF Consulting Engineers / Equilibrium

Size: 18,300 square feet

Number of Levels: 2

System Type: SmartBeam, Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2008

 

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Rasmussen BMW

This 50,000 sq.ft., 3-level structure features below-grade maintenance bays, parking on the second level, and a special entry ramp which leads to parking on the roof above the showroom area. Stearns assisted with the design and provided and installed the structural steel systems.

Due to neighboring view restrictions, a canvas tent was installed on the rooftop to shield the view of the automobiles. The fabric tent enclosure system was supported by a customized 80-foot steel mast provided by Stearns that was fabricated from tube steel.

Project Details

Client: Rasmussen BMW

Location: Portland, Oregon

Contractor: R&H Construction

Architect: GBD Architects

Engineer-of-Record: KPFF Consulting Engineers

Size: 50,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 3

System Type: Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2003

 

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St. Vincent

This 280,000 square-foot parking garage expansion for St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon marks yet another revolutionary use of SmartBeam structural steel technology by Stearns.

Originally constructed for future concrete expansion, compliance with recent code revisions would have increased seismic demand due to a significantly larger load mass beyond earlier expectations. This larger load mass and seismic demand would have added costly upgrades had traditional design and concrete construction methods been used. By taking advantage of the SmartBeam extra long-spans and open castellated beams, Stearns converted the 4-story addition to steel, resulting in a cost-effective steel garage structure that is open, light, and extremely attractive.

Stearns' Sr. Project Manager, Dale Williams, explained, “Steel was a logical use over concrete for its significant economies and upgrade advantages. And SmartBeam is a much lighter steel option that places far fewer demands on the existing system.”

Craig Totten, Project Manager for consulting engineers KPFF, pointed to Stearns’ reputation and experience with the use of SmartBeam. “Stearns’ understanding of long-span projects was of great value to our team. It enabled us to meet the project’s budgetary and scheduling needs.”

 

Project Details

Client: St. Vincent Medical Center

Location: Portland, Oregon

Contractor: Andersen Construction

Architect: Jon R. Jurgens & Associates

Engineer-of-Record: KPFF Consulting Engineers

Size: 280,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 4

Number of Stalls: 923 addition

Completion Date: 2004

 

Awards:

Honorable Mention Award by Northwest Construction Magazine - 2004

 

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Sunnybrook

Stearns worked in conjunction with Turner Construction to furnish and install the structural steel, metal floor/roof deck and miscellaneous steel for this 4-story, 90,000 square-foot parking garage located in Clackamas, Oregon. Stearns assisted Nishkian Dean, the Engineer-of-Record, with material selection, sizing, framing layouts, and connection design through design development and construction documents.

This 228-stall, free-standing parking garage, located adjacent to the Sunnybrook Office Building, is framed with exposed cellular beams, resulting in an attractive, architectural, steel structure design. Stearns was approached with meeting the challenge of "wrapping metal stairs." Using their strong value-engineering and technological capabilities, Stearns assisted in the design development of wrapping the metal stairs around the elevator core without affecting the integrity of the concrete tolerance, ultimately providing a unique steel stair system.

Jim Sarka, Project Manager at R.F. Stearns, commented on the immediate challenge at the start of the project that could have had a tremendous negative impact: “What originally started as a potentially difficult situation with the changing of the general contractor, resulted in a positive experience in working with Turner Construction. Turner stepped into the project with great professionalism and worked with us to expedite the detailing processes. They were very diligent in helping to erect the structures on time and within budget. Our collaboration on this project resulted in mutual admiration and a strong team relationship with Turner Construction.”

 

Project Details

Client: Sunnybrook Parking Garage

Location: Clackamas, Oregon

Contractor: Turner Construction Company

Architect: LRS Architects

Engineer-of-Record: Nishkian Dean 

Size: 90,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 4

Number of Stalls: 228

System Type: SmartBeam, Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2005

 

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