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AIA Citation Award: Third Street Parking Deck by AMR Architects

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Project: Parking Deck 101: A Study in Urban Infill
Firm: AMR Architects Inc.

Location: Little Rock
Project Team: Kyle Heflin, Assoc. AIA

The onus of refacing this parking deck on Third Street in Little Rock is to reuse the existing deck in a way that is minimally invasive. That means keeping the parking counts high while adding valuable retail and dinning space on the first floor and providing compact affordable apartments on upper floors.

This project requires the parking deck to stay operational during construction due to revenue generated from leased parking. The deck currently only has three small retail bays that underserve demand. The owner and developer were approached by several retailers and restaurants about potentially adding lease space to the south elevation of the first floor because of the high pedestrian counts. The developer is also a property manager who receives weekly calls trying to locate affordable apartment units in the River Market District.

The high level of activity on Third Street – which includes foot traffic, parade routes, human scale foosball, dodgeball tournaments and street fairs – means this project has very small windows of opportunity of when the street will be allowed to be closed during construction. The use of pre-fab living units attached to exposed metal frames will drastically reduce the construction time. The abundance of shipping containers at the Little Rock Port Authority and the capability of the local manufactured home industry will allow for these pre-fab units to be more cost effective.

(See more from the AIA Arkansas Design Awards.)

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