The ThriveOn parking garage in Milwaukee, WI, is a new 6-level, 316-stall structure built to support the renovation of an existing attached building, meeting the evolving needs of the surrounding community. Developed by a partnership between the Medical College of Wisconsin, Royal Capital Group and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, this ambitious renovation project encompasses the conversion of a former department store into apartments, office spaces, community health programs, a food hall and more. With the removal of existing parking lots over the years, the need for additional parking spots became apparent, leading to the construction of the parking deck.
To make room for the deck, the building next door to the new development had to be demolished. Delays occurred after bad soil was found, and a soil correction was required before the foundations for the deck could be laid. However, the use of prefabrication in the construction of the parking deck resulted in a quickly built structure to counteract the delays. Additionally, the economic benefits of prefabrication made it an attractive choice for the developers over traditional cast-in-place methods.