Parking buildings are likely to be exposed to an array of severe exposure conditions; from aggressive groundwater to de-icing salts, to carbonation and airborne chlorides. This kind of environment may dramatically reduce the service life of critical structural elements. Therefore, parking structures are subject to special construction standards and maintenance practices to ensure the safety to its users.
SIMCO has inspected, analyzed, tested, and found the causes of, and solutions to, a multitude of concrete deterioration problems affecting parking structures, from cracked foundations causing basement leaks to critical structural collapses.
SIMCO’s analysis techniques are extensive and go far deeper than surface appearances. Information gleaned from analyses informs clients as to the condition of their concrete assets and what kind of performance they can expect from their infrastructure.
For existing parking structures, SIMCO investigates the condition of the different concrete elements (e.g., foundation, concrete pavement, columns, beams and walls, etc.) in order to provide a comprehensive assessment of the structure’s residual service life and develop cost-effective maintenance and rehabilitation programs.
For new parking structures, SIMCO can review and analyze durability design specifications, analyze exposure conditions in order to generate possible deterioration scenarios, review local material properties to evaluate service-life expectation based on various exposure conditions and provide recommendations to reduce total lifecycle costs.
EXISTING PARKING STRUCTURES
NEW PARKING STRUCTURES
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Residual service-life evaluation and durability planning of parking expansion
Condition assessment of multilevel parking structures and cost-optimal intervention strategy to extend the service life by 30 years
Determine the current level of deterioration, and verify the effectiveness of repairs done following the last inspection in order to modify, as necessary, the maintenance and repair program
Multi-year repair plans, lifecycle cost analyses, monthly inspections and condition analyses for maintenance and repairs
Comprehensive investigation and forensic analysis of the causes leading to major structural collapse