Facing a need for additional parking in downtown Wichita, the City selected LK to design a new parking structure to just north of the Old Town Hotel. Walker Parking Consultants was selected to provide the functional design and parking consulting on the project. The structure provides parking for the public and hotel patrons.
Providing a design that was compatible with the surrounding warehouse buildings was a particular challenge. A predominantly brick façade with cut stone was selected for the project. Load bearing walls, arch window forms, and brick detailing were also used. Similar arch forms are found on some of the adjacent buildings. The repetition of projected steel balconies and ground level raised planters add to the architectural statement of the design.
Custom shaped side beams were created to support the brick arch forms. The project both complements and enhances the architecture found in the old brick structures surrounding the site.
City of Wichita, Kansas
Excellence in Architecture - Merit Award
Excellence in Masonry Design
Award of Excellence
Award for Technical Innovation