Hoch Associates the architects of the Skyline Garage has won the ENR (Engineering News-Record) Best of the Midwest Government/Public Building award. From more than 90 entries, an industry based panel of judges selected the winning projects from across the Midwest. Criteria for judging included collaboration, teamwork, and innovative design which helped excel the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission project. Towering six stories over Harrison Street in downtown Fort Wayne, the new Skyline Garage is a 1,100 space parking facility which sits at the base of Ash Brokerage’s new world headquarters. The two projects collectively result in the largest mixed-use construction project completed in downtown Fort Wayne in several decades. This highly visible space has become a recent attraction for many in the city due to its prominent location, ease of access to various destinations and dynamic features. Highlighted by LED programmable lighting the facility makes a bold statement for downtown Fort Wayne.
What began as a coordinated effort to save time, the Hoch team utilized precast concrete design, engineering and structural practices that shaved nearly 12 weeks off the project schedule. Precast concrete structural members were designed & engineered by the team, constructed offsite and staged at a facility two miles from the site. Nearly 1,300 precast members were then erected. The design process utilized, enabled economic and efficient construction methods and processes through cold weather months of construction. To support the structure, 1,000 auger cast piles that ranged from 20 to 35-foot depth were constructed. A dewatering system was employed at a capacity of 10,000 gallons per minute to control ground water. Other items that were considered during construction was the re-pathed storm sewer main and a vital AEP power line that connected a significant portion of the city. Working closely with MSKTD & Associates, architects/engineers for the Ash Brokerage portion of the project enabled a seamless delivery and coordination process between the garage and the Ash office complex. The project design and delivery with its many components, tenants, and users have been nothing less than a complete success.