Gerald Ford Int’l. Airport Parking Deck Roof

2017 Design Award Winner

Grand Rapids, MI

Structural Engineer
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.

Steel Joist Manufacturer
Vulcraft/Verco Group

Steel Fabricator
Builders Iron

Since the original construction in 2011, this airport has never used the top parking deck during the winter. With the growth of air travel, the airport wanted to cover the top level without entirely closing the sides. For long-term protection, along with the structural steel, the final design required all the steel joists & bridging to be galvanized. With over 600 pieces at 62′-0″ long, the joists were too long for single dip galvanizing, resulting in each joist being fabricated with a custom matched bolted splice at the center. Steel joists were lighter in weight and more economical than using wide flange beams.