Case Spotlight: Parking Garage Integrity

Examining common issues that require the expertise of a structural engineer

Parking Garages are a crucial aspect of urban infrastructure that often goes unnoticed. These structures are more than just spaces to store vehicles; they’re essential components of our daily lives, and their structural integrity is paramount for safety.

Here are the common issues that require the expertise of a structural engineer:

  1. Concrete Degradation: Over time, exposure to harsh weather conditions, salt, and vehicle emissions can cause concrete to deteriorate. Cracks, spalling, and corrosion are red flags that require attention.
  2. Water Intrusion: Moisture infiltration can wreak havoc on parking structures. It not only corrodes steel reinforcements but also promotes concrete deterioration. Proper drainage and waterproofing are key considerations.
  3. Foundation Settling: Parking garages must bear the weight of dozens to hundreds of vehicles. If foundations settle unevenly or experience soil subsidence, it can lead to structural instability and even failure.
  4. Traffic Load Analysis: As vehicles get larger and heavier, engineers must assess the garage’s ability to handle increased loads and recommend reinforcement measures. Did you know the battery alone in an electric vehicle weighs an average of 1,000 lbs.?
  5. Building Codes: Ensuring that the garage adheres to local building codes and safety standards is vital. Structural engineers evaluate the garage’s compliance and recommend necessary upgrades.


Every parking garage plays a vital role in our urban landscape, and ensuring their structural health is a collective responsibility. If you have any questions or need our expert services, feel free to reach out.