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The Locks Tower

The Locks Tower is a 354,846-square-foot apartment development with 237 one- and two-bedroom units. With 11 floors above grade and one level below-grade, the residential high-rise precast concrete-frame is supported on shallow concrete foundations that bear on existing soils which were improved with engineered, grouted columns. The precast concrete parking garage has five levels. A second low-rise, mixed-use building has four wood-framed floors above a cast-in-place concrete podium of future commercial space. The development features a rooftop pool, central courtyard, clubhouse and fitness center and an adjacent five-level 359-car parking garage.

The project required the demolition of a two-story masonry and steel industrial building which was attached to two apartment buildings which remain fully-occupied during construction. The Byrd Street side of the project required a covered pedestrian while the 10th Street side required close coordination with the neighboring Riverfront Plaza in order to accommodate tractor trailer deliveries into their loading dock.

The high-rise structure is entirely precast concrete that utilizes integrally insulated exterior wall panels for thermal insulation and foam filled floor panels for sound attenuation. A unique scheduling aspect of this project is the coordination of interior work while precast is still being erected on upper levels. For safety reasons, we can only work when there are at least two completed precast levels above and never directly underneath active setting of precast regardless of the number of floors above.

Project Info

Owner: WVS Companies
Architect: Walter Parks Architects
Location: Richmond, VA
Project Size: 354,846 SF / 237 units
Completion: 2019