The Western Heritage Parking Garage is a unique, seven-story, 416,080-sq-ft parking structure designed to blend into the nearby landscape and architecture and reflect the cowboy heritage of Fort Worth.

Unique aspects include large mosaic-tile murals, atriums that take advantage of daylighting and architectural elements that echo the design of nearby buildings.

The city’s strict guidelines regulated some of garage’s design and required consideration to be given to the parking garage concept. The city of Fort Worth had defined from the beginning that it did not want to mechanically ventilate the garage. Therefore, the fa�ade was kept as open as possible while masking the cars behind.

A camouflage of alternating materials and planes were incorporated, along with artistic fixtures to soften the perspective and tie the garage back into the landscape in which is it constructed.

The project had 30 days of delays due to inclement weather during the earthwork. During this time, the project team worked quickly to review all critical path items and their relationships and began accelerating all possible items.

Once the project was out of the ground, the team accelerated the concrete portion, adding more workers, longer shifts and longer hook time on the crane. The team was not only able to get the schedule back on track, it was able to turn over three levels to the client early.

Key Players

Submitted by: W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co.
Developer/owner: City of Fort Worth
General contractor/construction manager: W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co., Fort Worth
Architect: Gideon Toal, Fort Worth
Civil engineer: Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., Fort Worth
Structural engineer: Walker Parking Consultants, Houston
MEP engineer: Summit Consultants Inc., Fort Worth