Village at Leesburg
- Design-Build approach to repair parking garage
- Removed and replaced coating systems
- Phased approach to keep shopping center accessible
- Specialty Contractor: STRUCTURAL
- Engineer of Record: Ehlert Bryan
- Material Supplier: STRUCTURAL TECHNOLOGIES
The Village at Leesburg is a 1.2 million square foot open-air destination. The first of its kind in Loudoun County, Virginia, this mixed-use center spans 57 acres and features shopping, dining, wellness services, and recreation throughout its large footprint.
Development on the center first began in 2008 with developers Cypress Equities and Kettler partnering with The Carlyle Group, a global private equity group. With a grand opening in 2011, the community was given access to a retail and entertainment experience with enough parking for all.
As the years went on and the center began to age, the property manager, Rappaport, decided to take a proactive approach to determine the current condition of the four precast parking structures on site. Ehlert Bryan performed the initial investigation of garages A – D to identify any structural concerns, locate any water infiltration, and determine the root cause of each issue.
Once the report was finalized, it was determined that Garage A needed to be prioritized to extend the life of the structure and restore it back to full capacity. STRUCTURAL and Ehlert Bryan were contracted to provide a Design-Build solution to design and repair the garage with Rappaport’s long-term goals in mind.
The scope of work included removing the existing coating system and caulk joint to expose and repair shear clip angles. STRUCTURAL TECHNOLOGIES was utilized to help design a stainless-steel sheer connector to replace the existing shear clip angles and stiffen the tee-to-tee connections. Crews also performed partial depth concrete repairs to tee stems, inverted double-tees, and washdown areas.
To ensure that the public had access to the grocery store on-site during construction, crews sectioned off Garage A into four client-directed phases. This created a critical path for crews to focus on and established daily production goals to ensure that the team met the schedule milestones.
The value engineering provided by the team helped to maximize production and minimize client costs ultimately allowing the safe and quick completion of the project ahead of schedule. The project was completed with zero safety incidents and full use of the structure was restored to the community. The success of Garage A led to the start of solution building for Garage D and the continued preplanning of Garages B and C.