Commercial awnings & canopies less than 112 sq.m
Parkridge Office Building
The project was to make a custom manufactured fabric canopy that connects a parking garage to an office building. The frame is constructed of completely welded galvanized steel “Gatorshield” tubing. The fabric is “Coastline Plus” vinyl laminated fabric by Herculite Products. The canopy, which is anchored to concrete footings below grade, is supported by 6-inch pipe uprights. The support columns near the garage penetrate through the lower canopy and attach to the upper canopy. There is an aluminum drip edge attached to the outer edge perimiter so rain water does not run inward on employees.
The purpose of this canopy is to protect employees walking to and from the parking garage and the office building. Employees can walk between the garage and building and be protected from the sun, rain and snow.The client wanted something that fit with the building and was unique in design. The client wanted a lower-portion canopy at the entrance to the garage to provide more protection for employees.
The odd design, angles, size and design criteria made this canopy complex. The office building was askew to the parking garage, making the design more intricate. The sloped valance design makes this canopy unique and different from ordinary designed canopies. The canopy portion over the driveway had to have a 15-foot clearance for emergency vehicles to pass under. The span between uprights over the driveway is 30 feet so the internal trussing had to be designed to support the canopy and the loads from wind and snow.There is a lower canopy that is at the entrance to the garage that has 6-inch support posts protruding through it and up to the higher canopy. Transitioning between the canopy and office building made for a unique design that also functions and fits with the architecture of the building.
The results were very nice. The client was very satisfied and the employees could pass from the garage to work and have protection from the elements. The general contractor was satisfied that there were no delays and now has confidence in our company to complete difficult and complex awning and canopy projects.
Location: Reston, Va.
Size: 1,150 sq. feet
Fabrics: Coastline Plus by Herculite Products Inc. from Tri Vantage LLC
Engineer: Quinton Worrell
Design: Ivory Butler IV, Carroll Awning Company
Architect: Hickok Cole
Fabrication: Mark Jarrett, Carroll Awning Company
Project Manager: Brian Nussbaum, James G. Davis Construction Corporation
Installation: Mike Fritter Sr., Carroll Awning Company