Ambulatory Care Center Parking Structure at the University of Utah

August 3, 2017

The Ambulatory Care Center Parking Structure at the University of Utah is a 1400-stall, 690,000 square-foot, six-level facility. The parking structure is buried over 60 feet deep into a hillside, which posed a unique design and construction challenge. Concrete brought the architectural vision to reality.

36,000 yards of concrete were placed for this project. The structure construction consisted of long-span girders and one-way slab post-tensioned concrete. The lateral force resisting system consists of reinforce concrete shear walls.The combined knowledge of Jacobsen Construction and Jack B. Parsons granted joint owners Intermountain Health Care and the University of Utah a parking structure with a life expectancy of 75 years.

Because of the two Owners, the garage was constructed with an expansion joint between the two independent structures. It was essentially two projects built simultaneously 12” apart from each other, with each side dependent on the other to stay on schedule. The key to making this productive & safe was the use of a Compensator to keep the load centered coming out of the structure.

Special considerations were made in both matters of cost and durability. For instance, the design utilized precast concrete panels for support instead of perimeter beams, which would have incurred extra cost. The top level was designed to support exceptional weight limits- including Salt Lake City’s largest fire truck that weighs 86,000 pounds.


The beginning of the project excavation and footings.



Footing being placed with shot crete retaining wall in the back ground



Formwork used for SCC walls


Completed SCC wall used thought out the project. Self-Consolidating Concrete was used for ramp walls.

Reinforcing steel and post tension cables used in the PT deck pours



Placing booms for slab on deck pours – there were 3 used on this project.



Ramp with hand-sweat finish


Cast in beams and columns