The Olympic West Parking Structure is a 1,000,000-square-foot facility on six acres in downtown Los Angeles designed to accommodate up to 2,700 vehicles. Primarily serving events at L.A. Live, Staples Center (now Arena and the Los Angeles Convention Center, the parking structure responded to the overwhelming demand of the bustling urban landscape around it.

The structure comprises three levels below ground and two levels above. The above-grade portion is uniquely reinforced, capable of bearing the weight of multiple semi-trucks and satellite broadcast vehicles concurrently – a significant consideration given the entertainment-centric locale. Large beams fortify the ground level to support the structural steel frame convention center and theater. Additionally, an extra-wide ramp and tunnel were incorporated for semi-trucks to effortlessly access the adjacent LA Live complex and hotels.

This was a fast-track project with construction commencing prior to design completion. It was a critical requirement for the City of Los Angeles that the parking structure hit the scheduled completion date to be ready for the opening of the Peacock Theater (previously Nokia Theatre). PCL worked closely with the owner to provide budget and constructability review during the design process to help the client make quick and confident decisions. During construction, PCL modified the schedule to work around changes that resulted from design progression on the conference center and cinema. Where areas were put on hold, PCL progressed in alternate places to facilitate workflow. Through transparency and communication, the project team successfully delivered the project on the City’s timeline.


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