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I just went through this exercise for our company.  I have the first edition
of Parking Structures - Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance and
Repair, by Chrest, Smith, and Bhuyan, ISBN 0412996715.  I would not try to
design a parking garage without this book.  I would also add to their
drainage section to never ever have any parking garage surface that slopes
less than 1/4" per foot.  Drainage and proper maintenance are the killers of
parking garages.  Of special interest is the "Level of Service" (LOS).  The
LOS is critical to proper layout. 

The second edition is out currently, but hard to get.  The third edition
will be out in the spring.  

It can be ordered from Kluwer Academic Publishers  This
book is out of stock at the present time. You would have to backorder it and
we would order it from the Netherlands. It takes approximately 3 to 4 weeks
for it to arrive here. The price of the book is $125.00.

If you have a free standing parking structure, get the book, read it, and go
for it.  If the parking structure is below a building, call Walker Parking
and get some expert help on the layout.

For further info:

Harold Sprague
The Neenan Company

-----Original Message-----
From: PEC - Lake City [mailto:pec(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 1999 9:38 AM
To: StrucTX; Seaint
Subject: Parking Garage

We may have the opportunity to design a 3-story concrete parking garage of
one of our clients.  I have not been involved in the design of one before
and look forward to the learning opportunity.  Whether we would do the
complete layout and design or only the structural design has not been

Can anyone recommend a good text that deals with parking garage designs,
especially the connection details?

Also, is there a rule of thumb that is generally used for the estimated
construction cost and the design fee?  The project is located in Florida

David Finley, P.E.