The Norfolk Airport Authority recently opened a new parking garage at Norfolk International Airport (ORF) to travelers, employees, and guests. Construction of Garage D spanned two years at a cost of $68,000,000. The general contractor for the project was Hourigan Construction Corporation and the major subcontractor was Baker Concrete Construction. Gresham Smith provided architectural design and construction administration services. Kimley-Horn and Associates provided owner’s representative services during construction. The parking count system was designed and installed by HUB Parking Technology.
Garage D is a 1,113,000 square foot, nine-level cast-in-place concrete parking structure with double-threaded helix entrance and exit ramps. The foundation sits on 862 auger cast concrete piles, each 78’ in length. Five hundred and twenty-eight precast panels were fabricated for this project. A total of 42,000 cubic yards of concrete and 2,600 tons of rebar were used to build the structure. The garage is illuminated by 700 LED energy-saving light fixtures.
The new garage contains 3,208 daily (long-term) parking spaces. A total of 155 new parking spaces have been added as a result of the relocation of 2,134 surface public parking spaces from the daily (long-term) east lot and closure of the 596-space remote employee parking lot formerly located on Robin Hood Road. Additionally, 323 spaces that were eliminated during the conversion of the second floor of Garage A from public parking to rental car return, have been recaptured.
A new enlarged canopy structure over the entrance to the parking complex offers protection from inclement weather and features real-time total parking space counts for all garages. Parking space counts by floor are available in Garages A and D.
“With the addition of this new facility, four parking garages are now connected to the Arrivals Terminal allowing covered transfer between car and airline gate,” said Norfolk Airport Authority Executive Director Robert Bowen. “Additionally, garage parking affords greater convenience for airport employees and eliminates the costly shuttle bus trips to and from the former remote employee parking lot.”