Midtown Superblock Park and Garage
Historically a prominent Houston neighborhood, Midtown is experiencing a revitalization and tremendous growth. Because of previous development and adaptive reuse of some existing facilities, Midtown does not have adequate off-street parking. To address the parking challenges and help shape the area into a thriving, pedestrian friendly urban environment, Midtown Redevelopment Authority is developing Midtown Superblock Park and Garage. This landmark project includes a 3-acre park with a 360-car parking garage directly underneath and other amenities such as an entertainment pavilion, water features, and restaurants. Also incorporated into the site is a high-rise residential tower that is being developed by a different owner and has a separate garage.
To complete the project in time for the 2017 Super Bowl hosted by Houston, the owner selected Walter P Moore as the lead consultant to take full advantage of our comprehensive services. This complicated site involves coordination with multiple land owners, the City of Houston and the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO).
One of the biggest challenges was how to have a living, sustainable park above a below-grade parking garage. Our structural and diagnostics engineers worked closely with our parking engineers to design an operationally efficient garage while allowing the park’s trees to grow and thrive.
The Superblock is intended to create a central unifying place where people can gather yet make it easy to access on foot or by car, light rail, bus or bike. Our traffic engineers, performed a traffic impact study to estimate and mitigate traffic flow to and from the site as well as coordinating with METRO on bus stop locations. To enhance the experience, Walter P Moore worked with our landscape architect to preserve views to the downtown Houston skyline.