Parking-Walls

Lite Walls

Light or “lite” walls are 10″ thick bearing walls used to support double tees in parking structures where one bay slopes and another bay is flat, cast with an opening in their center to provide visual continuity and to allow daylight or artificial illumination to penetrate deeper into an interior. The components provide openness and a feeling of security. These components should not be confused with “light wells,” which are internal, open courtyards designed to provide daylight to the center of parking structures and other buildings.

Shear Walls

Shear walls used in parking structures cast with an opening in their center to provide visual continuity and to allow daylight or artificial illumination to penetrate deeper into an interior. The components provide openness and a feeling of security.

As with other types of shear walls, lite walls serve as the lateral force-resisting systems in the structure. They act as cantilever beams, transferring lateral forces acting parallel to the face of the wall, from the superstructure to the foundation.