FDA Parking Garages | Multiple Projects

Forrester Construction was contracted on this multi-phased project involved the construction of two parking garages to accommodate the growing FDA campus of the White Oak Federal Research Center in Silver Spring, MD.

The North Parking Garage includes a four-story, 900-car, post-tensioned concrete structure. Three stories are above-grade and one is partially below grade. The facility’s façade consists of low brick knee walls at the entry level with the upper levels constructed of an architectural metal panel system and cable barrier system. The east elevation façade was designed to allow for a future expansion of the garage and therefore does not include the same architectural features of the other façades.

The Southwest Parking Garage involved the construction of a new 400,000 SF, 1,280-car parking facility. The five-level, post-tensioned structure includes two types of exterior metal panels, curtain wall enclosed stairs and elevators, stainless steel railings and lobby panels. Challenges also involved dewatering of the wet site. This was an operation needed to drain ground water that interferes with the installation of foundation systems.

Project Location:

Silver Spring, MD


RTKL and KlingStubbins


700,000 SF (two garages)


14 months