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Trading Concrete for Gingerbread

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When Watry Design was approached for a special parking project, our team jumped at the opportunity to utilize our passion for parking to create a unique solution. 

Through a collaborative design-build process, our team worked with the client to deliver an awe-inspiring, multilevel Gingerbread Parking Garage. 

The project included a number of design goals:

  • Scaled for matchbox cars
  • At least 3 levels
  • Holiday retail on the ground level
  • Public art geared for the holidays
  • Compatible with adaptive reuse, including external ramping
  • Snow tolerant landscaping
  • Helipad

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the design process and see how the team delivered on expectations!

Music courtesy of A-M

Music courtesy of A-M Classical

Many thanks to the Watry Design Project Team: 

  • Francisco Navarro, Associate Director, Senior Architectural Project Manager
  • Anita Gupta, SE, Senior Engineering Project Manager
  • Andre Beaudoin, AIA, Assistant Architectural Project Manager
  • Jesse Figueroa, Senior Job Captain & Master Baker
  • Chelzea Furtado, Staff Designer

About the Authors

Francisco Navarro has been creating parking solutions for over 20 years. He has worked on over 100 parking projects. In addition to delivering projects to satisfied clients, Francisco’s projects, such as the San Jose State University South Campus Multi-Level Parking Structure & Sports Field Facility, have received recognition from the National Parking Association and other organizations. Francisco is an active participant in the International Parking and Mobility Institute and the California Mobility & Parking Association. In addition to managing high profile projects for clients such as the University of Nevada Reno and the County of San Mateo, Francisco leads Watry Design's BIM efforts. 

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As an Associate Principal, Anita leverages over 15 years of experience in the engineering of parking structures to coordinate with clients, consultants and contractors throughout all design and construction phases of the project. Anita has extensive training in structural engineering, including award-winning projects such as the San Jose State University South Campus Multi-Level Parking Structure & Sports Field Facility.

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