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Parking Structures: Design, Construction and Maintenance

October 8, 2015
Sandman Hotel, Vancouver

Presented by Sylvie Mercier, BASc, P.Eng., LEED® AP | Principal at RJC Ltd.

Parking structures are unique. They are exposed to many severe influences such as de-icing salts, freeze-thaw cycles, temperature changes, wear and snow removal. And even though they are subjected to these influences, they are quite often the most neglected part of a complex from both a design and maintenance point of view. In many cases, immediate savings are pursued in design and/or construction, which is then followed by minimal maintenance, resulting in potentially significant short and long-term consequences.

Design of parking structures is regulated by the Building Code (4.4.2) which requires design in conformance to CSA-S413. In this presentation, the design requirements in CSA-S413 Parking Structures will be reviewed. The importance of the requirements will be discussed with examples on what can happen if they are ignored both at the design phase and long-term occupancy phase.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will acquire an understanding of architectural and structural design requirements of concrete parking structures under CSA-S413.
  • Attendees will understand what can happen if these requirements are ignored both at the design phase and long-term occupancy phase.

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2015-2016 Program (Updated Sep 22, 2015)

  • Oct 5 - PCD Course Begins
  • Oct 8 - Parking Structures: Design, Construction and Maintenance
  • Nov 18 - CSC Vancouver Chapter Construction Fair
  • Dec 10 - Construction Industry Forecast
  • Jan 7 - Designing Green Roofs for Stormwater Management
  • Feb 11 - Legal Discussion
  • Mar 10 - Demystifying Acoustics
  • Apr 7 - Fireproofing Systems and Applications
  • May 12 - Site Tour (TBD)
  • May 26-29 - CSC National Conference 2016 - Halifax
  • Sep TBD - Spec Golf 2016

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