Life Science

Massive Precast Concrete Parking Structure Supports Life Science Companies

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ON3, a Prism Capital Partner’s 116-acre redevelopment, replaced Hoffmann-LaRoche’s iconic research complex. ON3 is a world-class mixed-use development, including office, R&D, retail, life sciences, biotech, and hospitality. This large project takes advantage of freeway connectivity and Manhattan’s proximity.

The growing population and future development necessitated the construction of a precast concrete system for the ON3 metro garage. Dailey Precast constructed the 866,000sf parking facility.

The 2,500-space parking garage abuts a courtyard with common areas for social and business gatherings. The stair and elevator towers provide access to the Class A office towers and feature a curtain-wall glass exterior with views of the Manhattan skyline.

The installation of 1,625 precast components took five months, with special care given to working around the existing network of steam tunnels for the on-site co-generation plant, which supplies heat and power to the campus. The garage needed to be completed quickly to meet the new Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine opening at Seton Hall University. The students will help populate what Prism envisions as a walkable, downtown-style environment 10 miles from New York City.

The garage’s white precast concrete facade, designed by Aztec Architects, contrasts with the curtainwall on surrounding buildings and its own enclosed stair towers. The clean white color evokes the surrounding offices’ limestone as well as the lab coats worn by the physicians, interns, researchers, and scientists who work and park there.

The custom exterior spandrels feature a unique basket weave form liner finish, which gives this structure a dynamic appearance. The rhythmic pattern across the facade changes with the light and creates the illusion of movement, while the spandrels also function as structural barriers. The appealing pattern on the exterior adds aesthetic value to the surrounding campus and helps balance this massive garage’s size.

The design/build project supports the adjacent office buildings’ parking needs while fitting within the triangular-shaped site. The project team maximized the bay spacing and the number of spaces within the angular layout.

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