TFMoran provided survey, civil/site engineering, structural engineering, permitting and landscape architecture services for a new 6-story parking facility in downtown Manchester, New Hampshire. It provides nearly 1,700 parking spaces in the southern end of the millyard area. This new precast concrete structure, located at the corner of South Commercial Street and Line Drive, provides parking for Southern New Hampshire University’s online program and administrative offices housed in the adjacent Langer Place mill.
Numerous site constraints presented challenges to the design of this facility. Bordered by the east bank of the Merrimack River, Line Drive, South Commercial Street, and the existing Langer mill, there was limited open space to accommodate this large parking structure. Since the garage replaced an existing surface parking lot serving the Langer mill, temporary accommodation of existing traffic and parking needs, and maintaining access to the mill during construction was accommodated by the Construction Manager, Harvey Construction. Improvements to traffic flow patterns along South Commercial Street were also incorporated into the project, to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic to the garage.
Situated directly across the street from Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of Minor League Baseball’s New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and the Hilton Garden Inn, the building presents an attractive and interesting addition to the area. Project architects Built-Form, LLC designed the parking facility to complement the historic and modern structures of the surrounding neighborhood, with a traditional brick masonry façade reminiscent of the historic mills, and contemporary vertical glass elements in the corners. The west facade, overlooking the Merrimack River features perforated metal decorative panels with embossed images, providing a unique and striking visual effect as seen from I-293 across the river. Harvey Construction completed the project ahead of schedule in July 2019.