Van Buren Parking Deck Maintenance
The Downtown Parking Deck Maintenance Program was established in 2016 as a multi-year capital project to ensure the Central Business District parking decks are maintained as a sustainable asset.
In 2017, the City’s then architectural and engineering consultant, Farnsworth Group, performed a comprehensive evaluation of the public parking decks. This evaluation resulted in the development of a five-year maintenance plan to extend the life and usability of the parking decks. The report indicated that the deck joints and sealant at the Van Buren Deck require repair and replacement to prevent water from leaking through, contributing to further deterioration.
In 2018, the deck joints on the top level of the Van Buren deck were repaired and the sealants were replaced. This work was completed by F.H. Paschen.
Beginning on July 15, a three-phrase project will begin to repair the deck joints and replace the sealants on the fourth level of the Van Buren Deck. The project will consist of removing the existing sealant and backer rod at all precast joints, preparing and priming the joints, welding any broken shear connectors, and installing new backer rod and sealant at all joints. Tuckpointing is also planned for the rooftop stairway/elevator vestibules to repair cracking bricks and failing mortar to prevent rain and snow melt from causing damage to the structure. Lastly, the fifth-floor door and window frames will be restored to ensure proper seal and function.
Phase 1: July 15 – 26: The first phase of work will begin on the east section of the fourth floor. Phase 1 is expected to take approximately 10 days. Crews will work between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phase 2: July 29 – August 9: The second phase of work will take place on the middle section of the fourth floor. Phase 2 is expected to take approximately 10 days. Crews will work between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phase 3: August 12 – 23: The final phase of work will take place on the west section of the fourth floor. Phase 3 is the final phase of work and is expected to take approximately 10 days. Crews will work between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Project timeline and work is weather dependent.
- Impacts to Parking
Monday through Friday
Fifth Floor: The entire fifth floor will remain open at all times unless otherwise noted.
Fourth Floor: Portions of the fourth floor will be inaccessible during the first two phases. At least half of the fourth floor is expected to remain open at all times unless otherwise noted. Traffic barriers and signage will be adjusted as needed. The fourth floor will be completely closed and inaccessible throughout the duration of Phase 3, which is expected to begin on August 12 and last approximately 10 days.
Third Floor: Daily no parking areas will be roped-off on the third floor directly below the fourth-floor work areas to prevent debris from falling on parked cars below. Areas that are not being worked on above will be open to parking. Traffic barriers and signage will be adjusted as needed.
Saturday and Sunday: Weekend closures on the third and fourth floor will be determined on a week-by-week basis. At least half of third and fourth floor should be available for parking on Saturdays and Sundays unless otherwise noted. Traffic barriers and signage will be adjusted as needed. As a reminder, overnight parking is prohibited in the Van Buren parking deck on Sundays.