Embracing Culture, Looking Ahead

Photo: Balfour Beatty

In 2012, the City of Durham, N.C., was faced with a challenge: The downtown area was growing with planned mixed-use, residential, commercial/retail, and hospitality developments among an already overrun parking infrastructure.

First, the city enlisted a consultant to conduct a needs assessment and feasibility study of transitioning an existing urban surface lot into a new parking deck. The site is adjacent to businesses and apartments and bound by three busy streets with constant pedestrian and roadway traffic. Following the needs assessment and feasibility study, city leaders decided to build a seven-story, cast-in-place concrete, post-tensioned structure.

What resulted is the Morgan Rigsbee Parking Garage, featuring a gorgeous design, the latest technology, public art, and a keen grasp of the future. It’s featured in the October issue of Parking & Mobility, and it’s one case study you won’t want to miss.