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University of the Incarnate Word Parking Garage

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Designed by Marmon Mok, the 290,000-sf parking ga-

project 

rage on the University of the Incarnate Word campus in

San Antonio

San Antonio is located on a highly visible yet constrained

c l i e n t  University

site. The garage features 800 spaces for cars on nine

a r c h i t e c t   Marmon

tiers. The architects designed a skeleton-like steel

Architects

structure that appears lighter and more open than a

d e s i g n t e a m   Dror

pre-cast concrete assembly. The main exterior cladding

McBreaty, AIA; Cindy De Hoyos, AIA; Alfred Brice, AIA

comprises 55,000 square feet of white fiberglass grate

c o n t r a c t o r  Joeris

attached to wide-flange supports of fiberglass painted

c o n s u l t a n t s  Danysh & Associates (structural); HMG & Associates

lime-green. The industrial-grade fiberglass grate, origi-

(MEP); Kimley-Horn and Associates (civil); Laffoon Associates

nally designed for and installed in chemical plants, was

(landscape)

chosen because it offered the most aesthetic opportuni-

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Dror

University of the Incarnate Word Parking Garage, of the Incarnate Word Mok Architecture + McChessney/Bianco

Baldinger, AIA; Mike McChessney, AIA; Cody General Contractors

Baldinger, AIA

ties and economical feasibility. The grate creates a lacy 2

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grid that animates the building throughout the day with

r e s o u r c e s concrete :

the changing sunlight. At night, the open-grid panels

(D’Hanis Clay Products); structural and misc steel: Trans-Tex Fabrica-

seem to uniformly glow, emitting interior illumination.

tion; electrical , electrical sleeves : Fisk; fiberglass skin : EPI; roofing and

The panels appear nearly transparent when viewed head-

sheet metal : Superior Roofing; doors and hardware : Wessley-Thompson;

on and opaque from an oblique angle, rendering cars

cable rail and guardrails : Quality Fence; signage : Sign Resource Man-

parked in the garage as invisible to motorists traveling

agement;

along the adjacent highway.

plumbing :

N O E L L E

access doors :

Urban Concrete;

T.H. Willis;

brick :

elevator :

Cloud Ceramics

Otis Elevator; HVAC/

AJ Monier; paint: Sherwin Williams

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Texas Architect July/Aug 2011: Placemaking