An innovative metal panel system has enabled designers of the new Albert Street parking structure in East Lansing, Michigan, to meet the city's challenge to build a facility that is artistic as well as functional. The collaborative effort of the city council, the fine arts commission, and other city officials resulted in a "piece of sculpture" with a facade made of cylindrical metal panels that form sloping "tubes" following the angle of the parking ramp. Even more unusual than the shape is the color scheme: The dominant panels are prepainted in seven bright shades of ochre and teal, creating the effect of a perpetual sunrise. The facility includes a six-level parking ramp that accommodates 640 vehicles, a bus waiting area at ground level, about 9,000 sq ft of commercial/retail space, and office space for the city's parking system. Details are included in this article on the design evolution and panel fabrication. The facility was completed on time and 4% below budget.

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    Public Works Journal Corporation

    200 South Broad Street
    Ridgewood, NJ  United States  07451
  • Publication Date: 1990-8

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 57, 106
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  • Accession Number: 00497292
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM