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Chesapeake Car Park 3

Elliott + Associates Architects

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Project Name

Chesapeake Car Park 3


6100 N. Western Avenue


Project Status


Year Completed



546,922 sq. feet


Chesapeake Energy Corporation


  • Elliott + Associates Architects


  • General Contractor: Smith & Pickel Construction Co.
  • Civil Engineer: Johnson & Associates, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Walker Parking Consultants
  • Mechanical Engineer: Alvine Engineering
  • Landscape Architect: Total Environment Nursery, Inc.
  • Fabrication and Construction: DUO-GARD Industries, Inc. (Polycarbonate skin/framing)
  • Other: Smith Lighting Sales (Lighting Consultant)



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Project Description

Project Goals:
1. Focus on function.
2. Sensitive to safety
3. Fun experience
4. Create compatibility with existing campus architecture.
5. We hope to reinvent the parking garage image.

Focus on Function
1. Main entry is easily found.
2. Make it easy for people to remember where they parked! What level, which side.

Sensitivity to Safety
1. Access the garage with card key at automobile entry and pedestrian entry.
2. Plenty of light to navigate the space.
3. Security stations with panic button.
4. Security cameras
5. Elevator phone
6. Exterior lighting
7. 1 glass wall in the elevator facing campus.

Fun Experience
1. Our goal is to create a parking garage with “personality.”
2. Create a greeting as you come and go; add music, light, color and directional cues.

Campus Compatibility
1. Compatible “attitude” . . . with the architecture and the culture . . . an expectation.
2. Be sensitive to scale / proportion / materials / relationship adjacency to existing campus buildings.
3. 52’ module that matches existing building mass.
4. Landscaping.

Unique Features of Car Park 3
1. Building 14 and Car park 3 are envisioned as paired structures with a pocket park connector.
2. The square grid (inspired by the Accounting and Northern Business Unit tenants) is a similar scale yet unique.
3. The required 25% open skin is color matched polycarbonate and visually connects to Building 14 to the west.
4. Color helps to identify floor levels and simplify navigation.
5. Color blocks on the south elevation acknowledge visibility from the Child Development Center. The Car Park 3 south elevation becomes a part of the Child Development Facility’s vocabulary and provides a giant playful toy in the background.

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