The Guardian Parking Structure is an at-grade parking facility serving the adjacent Guardian Lofts and Packard commercial Buildings. The structure consists of a structural steel framework clad in standing seam metal roofing panels and expanded metal perimeter fencing.
The location of the site is near downtown Oklahoma City, OK. This area is an integral part of the current renaissance of Oklahoma City and has seen a dramatic increase in both the redevelopment of existing buildings and in infill commercial and residential housing projects. To meet the needs of building tenants for protected parking in the urban environment, the client opted for a central parking area for several buildings as opposed to separate parking lots. Covered parking is viewed as an added amenity in Oklahoma primarily due to weather concerns.
The design solution was to provide the protected parking and pedestrian areas while maintaining visual openness for security of users. To keep the structure as open as possible, a cantilevered framework was used to minimize the number of columns. The perimeter fencing incorporates a lighter steel framework the serves as a tie-down for the cantilevered beams so the size of the structural members could be minimized. The fencing is an expanded metal screening with a powder-coated finish riveted to the framework. Cove lighting above the perimeter fencing provides a dramatic accent to the red panels from both sides and also serves as security lighting.