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Shoemaker Construction Co. Completes Expansion of Villanova University's Saint Augustine Center Garage

Philadelphia, PA, April 18, 2016 . . . Shoemaker Construction Co., a Butz Family Company, recently completed an expansion of the Saint Augustine Center parking garage at Villanova University.

The project consisted of a two-story overbuild addition to the existing Saint Augustine Center (SAC) garage for a total of 170,019 square feet. Creating an additional 223 parking spaces, the expansion nearly doubled the amount of parking currently available.

"This project allowed us to maximize our on-campus parking to better accommodate our faculty and staff while enabling us to move forward with further campus redevelopment plans," said Marilou Smith, Senior Project Manager at Villanova University. "The project was successfully completed despite challenges due to difficult winter weather conditions and the project location in the center of our very active campus."

The expansion was constructed of precast concrete with stone cladding to blend with the existing structures throughout the campus. Additional foundation work occurred below the existing structure to increase support for added levels and to meet current structural requirements. Renovations to the existing two-story structure were also completed and included re-striping, new lighting and two storm drainage systems designed to be active research projects for Villanova academia.

Features of the project include:

  • Pedestrian walkway
  • Bent aluminum railings
  • Precast addition & stone cladding
  • Prefabricated shelters
  • 4-stop elevator
  • Improved lighting

The SAC Garage Expansion project was the critical first step in the long-awaited Villanova University redevelopment along Lancaster Avenue as it paves the way for two new complexes incorporating six dormitory buildings and an approximately 1,300 car parking garage.

"Shoemaker is proud to be part of this critical project for Villanova University," said Maura Hesdon, General Manager for Shoemaker Construction Co. "Our many years of in-depth experience constructing parking structures has given us keen understanding as to the complexities involved with this type of project enabling us to manage challenges efficiently and effectively."

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ABOUT SHOEMAKER CONSTRUCTION CO. AND THE BUTZ FAMILY OF COMPANIES: The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and Shoemaker Construction Co., provides exceptional, comprehensive construction management and design/build services, led by a strong commitment to complete customer satisfaction with special attention to safety, quality and value. The firm possesses significant experience in the construction of healthcare facilities, colleges/universities, corporate office buildings, manufacturing facilities, sports and entertainment venues, government buildings, parking garages, K-12 schools and retail buildings serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey and northern Delaware.


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