City Centre Parking Facility|
DALE AND ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS, P.A.
One Jackson Place, #250, 188 E. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39201
Total Square Feet:
July 2004 to Apr 2005
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Structural Design Group - 220 Great Circle Road, #106, Nashville, TN 37228
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Yates Construction Co. - P.O. Box 465, Philadelphia, MS 39350
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: HESM&A - 315 Newpointe Drive, Ridgeland, MS 39157
The City Centre Office Building was undergoing interior renovations in preparation for major new tenants. The black glass skin, installed in the mid-1980's was to remain unchanged on this circa 1960's building.
Three functional designs for the garage were carried through schematics on this site. The client chose to take a 517 space double helix functional layout forward due to higher efficiency and ease of circulation. The prominent sloping decks presented a challenge on this site facing the home of Jackson's elite cultural events. A series of vertical projecting columns mirror the formal colonnade of the Thalia Mara Hall across the street to form a base of counteraction to the sloping parking decks. A lighter color was used on this part of the elevation for emphasis. A metal grillwork floats within the openings formed in the elevation to filter site of the sloping decks while maintaining the open feel desired in secure feeling parking structures. The grillwork extends throughout the ground level wall openings functioning as security barriers and extending the new metallic theme around the site. The garage is pulled well back from the most prominent street along the south leaving a wide landscaped public sidewalk facing the Auditorium. A warm gray precast enclosure is used, complimentary to the black glass of City Centre Office Building, to build a link to the building's ownership of the garage and smoked glass on the vertical circulation elements recalls the dark glazing of the office building.
Also to reinforce the tie to the City Centre Office Building the former service area between the garage and building was transformed into a green space pedestrian way. A new visual axis was formed between the glazed tower of circulation on the garage and the new entry vestibule attached to the building Lobby. This axis is reinforced by offsetting the sidewalk and canopy to the side thereby allowing the low green space to continue uninterrupted between the two elements. The canopy design celebrates the green space by opening up to that side of the walkway, using a single row of columns on the opposing side of the walk from the green space. The simple exposed steel framing makes up the canopies structure establishing a rhythm that is reinforced in the sidewalk paving pattern. Metallic and gray colors begun in the garage are carried through to the building entry. This courtyard development has moved the main entry to that from the garage instead of those from sidewalk and street. The workers and visitors using the garage then experience a varied sequence of spaces all under protective cover.
DIV 07: Roofing: Johns Manville; Metal: Architectural Building Components
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts, Curtainwall: Kawneer; Metal Doors: Curries.
DIV 10: Grilles: Intertec.
DIV 14: Elevators: KONE.
DIV 16: Antique Street Lamps: Lithonia.