Disneyland Parking Structure Escalator Canopies

2001 | Anaheim CA

Client Walt Disney Imagineering
Lead Designer and Structural Engineer Guy Nordenson and Associates
Associate Structural Engineer Walker Parking Consultants

The 10,250-car Disneyland Parking Structure was the first major project undertaken by the office at its inception in 1998. In 2001 GNA undertook the design and engineering of the parking structure's steel and fabric exterior escalator canopies at the 5th, 3rd and 2nd floors. The steel trusses of the canopies span clear from the face of the parking structure and over a single post to cantilever at the ends. The trusses are three-dimensional, with a large central spine pipe and small steel pipe ribs to two small pipe top chords that in turn support doubly curved arches. The top ends of the trusses are attached to roller supports that allow the trusses to move independent of the parking structure in an earthquake. The three canopies were designed, fabricated, and erected in just six months to maintain the scheduled opening date of the parking structure.