Locks Tower

Richmond, VA

Walter Parks Architects


Located at East Byrd and South 10th streets in the Locks development, the 12-story Locks Tower apartment building is the first total precast building in downtown Richmond.

With 11 precast levels, the 301,814-SF MetroDeck System structure features 237 Market Rate apartments, a two-story steel penthouse, and an indoor/outdoor amenity level with a swimming pool on the 10th floor. The structure also includes precast parking levels, partially inside the tower and 12,000 SF of commercial space on the first level.

For Metromont, Locks Tower was an opportunity to showcase the versatility and performance of its total precast structures. Metromont developed the project’s initial design directly with the owner’s architect at the request of the owner. The MetroDeck System’s cost efficiency and speed of construction played a significant role in the owner’s desire for a precast building.

Metromont provided a total precast complete building envelope (except roofing and glass), including an architectural precast finish and paintable interior finish on precast walls. The project included several unique aspects, including an architectural finish on the transfer beams and a pool over the residences rather than on the parking deck.

Produced in Metromont’s Richmond plant, Locks Tower is the sixth and tallest building in the Locks development. The other buildings, predominantly historic, are three stories and five stories tall. The white color precast and non-brick façade of the Locks Tower are unique features for Richmond architecture, but reflect the luxury aesthetic of its targeted demographic.