Dangerous parking structures put students at risk | Opinion

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Cal State Fullerton is working to transform the university from a suburban schoolhouse to a residential campus in hopes of bolstering the campus experience, but it should instead refocus its efforts on safer parking for its overwhelming number of suburban students.

According to the CSUF Master Plan, the vision is to increase student housing and amenities provided on campus, as well as consider student suggestions for off-campus housing within walking distance to reduce automobile dependency . Ultimately, one of the reasons for the change is to increase registrations.

The problem remains that CSUF has a higher commuter student population than its residential presence. The university should accept CSUF status as a commuter school and work to create a better space for commuters.

Commuting is financially ideal, and one of CSUF’s selling points to its students is that many of them live within driving distance. For those who don’t, many would rather spend the money on an off-campus apartment or house.

As of June 2022, over 90% of students live off campus. CSUF has been heavily populated with commuting students since classes began in 1959. The university experimented with low-occupancy residence halls in the 1960s, but student interest was low. The university’s first major halls of residence complex was not opened until 1988.

Although CSUF has long been a commuter school, the university recently completed construction of new on-campus residential housing in what was once parking lot E.

The drive to turn CSUF into a residential campus completely ignores the well-being of commuters.

Despite increasing CSUF enrollment over the years, their master plan shows 2 later proposed parking structures, as well as the second Eastside parking structure added in 2021.

Yet this is still not enough to accommodate CSUF commuters. Lack of parking places forces students to rush through structures for a chance to get the first free spot they see and because of this, accidents happen easily.

Captain Scot Willey of University Police said that between mid-August and the second week of September this year there was one unparked hit-and-run and 22 parked hit-and-runs. According to data from the CSUF Police Department’s Fall 2019 Report, there were 47 hit-and-runs from parked vehicles in campus parking lots and structures and nine hit-and-runs from unparked vehicles.

In an area full of busy students, it’s no surprise that accidents are a recurring problem, putting student safety at risk. The CSUF should consider the student commuter population to ensure learner driver safety.

Young drivers tend to run through structures, and while they should be held accountable, the CSUF should create an environment where it reduces accidents that occur in campus parking structures. The university has been around for over 60 years and relying on students to simply “drive better” hasn’t worked. It is time for the university to intervene and find a solution.

Prioritizing the construction of parking structures with wider lanes will create adequate spacing for cars of different sizes. Placing circular convex safety mirrors in the corners so people turning can see oncoming cars and adding proper lighting are steps the university can spend its time and resources on to make parking structures safer for students on the shuttle.

The university should come to terms with the fact that CSUF is a commuter school and will remain so, as evidenced by trends over the years. Taking steps to improve the current situation, rather than creating something new for more problems to arise, is a better option.

Alexander Alvarado contributed to this story.

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Baguio identifies 7 zones for parking structures

CITY OF BAGUIO: The local government recently identified seven areas in the city that are suitable for multi-level paid parking buildings to decongest the central business district.

Planning and Development Officer Arch. Donna Tabangin said the proposed multi-level parking buildings will either be funded by the city government or through a public-private partnership with a private group.

She revealed that one of the proposed sites where a multi-level paid parking building could be constructed is the city-owned property along Kayang Street which could meet the parking needs of officers, employees and customers. of the LGUs of the town hall offices. Another area is near the city’s public market.

At present, the local government is pursuing the upgrading of the Baguio Tennis Court, one of the features of which is the availability of more or less 80 underground parking spaces to provide available parking spaces for people visiting the area.

In addition, the local government also intends to set up another multi-level parking structure at the proposed City Creative Center site in the former area occupied by the former City Auditorium to provide residents and visitors of available parking spaces when visiting Burnham Park, the city’s premier tourist destination and other sought-after destinations in the Central Business District.

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Tabangin said the city wants to establish a multi-level parking structure along Governor Pack Road in partnership with interested investors.

The city is also offering the available portion at the rear of the Baguio Convention Center to investors who wish to partner with the local government for a multi-level parking lot that will meet visitor parking needs.

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ASU parking structures begin charging for weekend visitors

ASU’s Tempe campus parking structures stopped offering free parking to visitors on weekends beginning July 16. Previously, all Tempe campus parking lots were free on non-event weekends.

A July 5 announcement of the change from ASU Business and Finance attributed the adjustment to “more activity around the Tempe campus in recent years.”

The announcement also indicated that charging for parking in the structures 24 hours a day, 7 days a week would allow better monitoring of weekend activity, cover the expenses of maintenance and repair of the garage, the updating level of technology and other program improvements. It would also improve event planning and provide additional accountability in campus parking lots, according to the announcement.

ASU spokesman Jay Thorne added that the adjustment is also intended to alleviate “incidents in garages over the weekend and in particular auto parts (catalytic converter) thefts,” which have increased in the past. course of the last year.

The Parking and Transit Services Daily and Hourly Parking website states that weekend garage parking rates will be the same as weekday parking. Visitors will pay $4 for up to one hour of parking and up to $16 for up to four hours, the website said.

Prior to mid-2020, visitor rates were $3 for up to one hour of parking and up to $15 for up to four hours.

Permit holders will still be able to access their assigned garage on weekends at no additional cost, according to the announcement.

Students were quick to voice their concerns about the new system, with several taking to Reddit to discuss the change.

“This is a blatant cash grab on ASU’s part,” said Patrick Hays, a Ph.D. student in materials science and engineering. “They just raised the hourly rate, so where is that money going?”

Thorne said that no tuition dollars or other University funds are used to fund parking and transit services; all of its income is reinvested in operations. These include shuttle services and subsidized transit passes, Thorne said.

There are options in a price range available for students in need of parking or transportation services, Thorne said. ASU offers a Valley Metro Bus and Light Rail U-Pass, which costs $150 per academic year and allows unlimited rides. Nearby Park-and-Ride locations are free to park and board a bus or tram from there as well, he said.

Zak Gutzwiler, a senior film media production student and Herberger Senator for Tempe’s undergraduate student government, said he intends to introduce legislation to the USGT in response to the change.

The legislation “would better advance the idea of ​​weekend and overnight permits”, he said. Thorne said the University is not considering weekend or overnight permits as an option at this time.

“This has a negative impact on me and many other film and theater students as many of our productions take place outside of class hours. Until 11 p.m. or midnight and all day on weekends,” Gutzwiler said.

“There’s an additional garage (Mill Avenue parking structure) being built for over $42 million, so I doubt they’ll need that funding for additional technology if we’re able to fund any. new builds,” Gutzwiler said.

ASU began work on the Mill Avenue parking structure in June and is expected to complete it in July 2023, the project’s website said. It will also have to pay for weekend parking when it’s finished in 2023, Thorne said.

The adjustment includes all ASU parking lots on the Tempe campus. Parking lots on all four campuses require payment to park 24/7, however weekend staffing shortages force visitors to pay to park on weekends,” Thorne said.

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Parking services will transition to ParkMobile for downtown structures and parking lots

The City of Fort Collins Parking Services Department announces that ParkMobile will begin operations as a single provider to pay for parking in downtown structures and parking lots beginning this weekend.

Users of the three downtown parking structures and the Mason Street lot who pay for parking using a smartphone app will need to download and start using ParkMobile starting July 1, as the old app FC Parking will stop working.

Payment kiosks will remain at all parking structures and the Mason Street lot, and the payment process for parking at kiosks will remain unchanged.

“We are excited about our partnership with ParkMobile,” said Eric Keselburg, director of parking services for the city. “I think users will appreciate being able to have one app for parking downtown, at CSU and other places in the area.”

ParkMobile already provides app-based parking payment services at Colorado State University, and those who already have ParkMobile to use at CSU can use the same app to park at downtown structures and Mason Lot.

Many communities in Colorado and across the country also use ParkMobile for public parking, including Estes Park, Boulder, and Idaho Springs, among others.

Hourly parking rates at parking structures and the Mason lot remain unchanged, and parking is still free for the first hour, although users must still initiate a parking session during this time.

ParkMobile is available in the Apple App Store for iOS devices, the Google Play Store for Android devices and can also be accessed via a web browser.

Questions regarding parking can be directed to Parking Services at [email protected] or by calling 970-221-6617 and pressing 0.

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Ann Arbor will install 80 electric vehicle charging stations in seven parking structures

ANN ARBOR — The City of Ann Arbor’s Office of Sustainability and Innovations, in conjunction with the Downtown Development Authority, is working to expand public electric vehicle charging in downtown parking lots.

“We are thrilled to see this significant expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in our city center and are grateful for the collaboration with the DDA,” said Missy Stults, Director of Sustainability and Innovations at Ann Tree. “We know the importance of having a widely available electric vehicle charging infrastructure to facilitate the transition to vehicle electrification and view this effort, and others the office is undertaking, as essential to help the community to reduce vehicle emissions.”

As part of this work, the city and the DDA are supporting the installation of 80 electric vehicle charging stations in seven parking structures, doubling the number of public charging stations in the public parking system. Parking structures receiving new or additional chargers include:

  • Anne/Ashley.
  • Fourth and William.
  • Library aisle.
  • Maynard.
  • Liberty Square.
  • Forest.

Over the next few weeks, as installations take place in a staggered fashion, the installation team will do their best to ensure that downtime of chargers in garages is limited, and signage will be posted to communicate any downtime. During the installation process, the use of the charger will remain free, however, once installation is complete, users will be charged for the energy they use to power their vehicles.

The city and the DDA are working together to define rules of use and tariffs in order to maximize the availability of these spaces. Pricing information will be available as soon as it is finalized.

For more information about A2ZERO, the City of Ann Arbor’s climate and equity plan, visit​

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New Student and Education Housing Buildings, Two Parking Structures, and Major Demolition Ahead: A Snapshot of Cal Poly Humboldt’s Five-Year Infrastructure Plan | Lost Coast Outpost

A map of construction and demolition projects proposed by CPH. | HPC

If HSU was known as the “hills, stairs and umbrellas” campus, Cal Poly Humboldt could soon be dubbed the university of construction, parking and housing.

In August, the University released a prospectus outlining its plans to spend the state’s one-time $443 million endowment to transform the school into California’s third polytechnic and double student enrollment in seven years.

Polytechnic Transition Summary | HPC Prospectus.

While the prospectus outlined the University’s general plans to add several new buildings for universities and student accommodation by 2027, the school did not specify how it would make room for many of these new ones. projects. But in late January, around the same time HSU was renamed Cal Poly Humboldt, the school quietly released a much more detailed infrastructure plan on its website — one that includes a slew of demolition projects and elevated parking structures that would significantly change the school. onset within five years.

“The injection of one-time resources will be instrumental in upgrading the existing teaching space needed to meet the existing, growing and future demand for laboratory space to support teaching and research,” says the University prospectus, hinting that major demolition projects are coming. “The University is limited in opportunities for growth within its existing acreage.”

On-campus housing capacity growth plan. | CPH brochure

According to the Infrastructure Projects webpage, CPH’s first major construction would be the long-debated Craftsman’s Mall housing project. While the city of Arcata originally projected the building would be home to 65% students and 35% “free market” residents, Los Angeles-based licensed development firm AMCAL mysteriously withdrew its bid in 2018 after the city ​​of Arcata said the company had invested more than $1 million in the project. In 2020, the Humboldt State University Foundation purchased the 9.5-acre property for $3.95 million.

The January Infrastructure Update also estimates that the proposed project would cost $150 million, or $50 million more than the University originally stated in its prospectus. The development would include four buildings, 800 beds, study areas, a small convenience store, open common space and 350 parking spaces – all exclusively for CPH students.

The proposed housing plan for the Craftman’s Mall. | CPH infrastructure plan

The University is also actively working with the City of Arcata to develop the adjacent railroad shoreline as part of the Arcata Annie & Mary Trail Connectivity Project, linking the development to the University via the freeway overpasses at Sunset Avenue and St. Louis Road. CPH expects the housing project to be completed by December 2024.

The first infrastructure project on campus involves the construction of the new “Engineering & Technology – Learning Community Building” on the current site of Campus Events Field. Traditionally an open field for student activities, the grounds have recently housed bungalows to facilitate the University’s Library and Theater Arts seismic renovation projects. It now appears that the land will be permanently paved in order to accommodate the five-story, 90,000-square-foot engineering building and an adjacent three-story, 250-bed residence hall. These proposed buildings will include academic departments, lecture halls, laboratories, offices, student spaces, common areas, conference spaces, and other “student experience spaces.” The $135 million project is expected to be completed by August 2025.

While the loss of the event field will mean a significant reduction in grassed space near the center of campus, CPH Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Mike Fisher told the Outpost that the University consider including exterior landscaping in the new design.

A map of the proposed construction of the event ground. HPC

“What is this project [aims] to do is create an entrance for the campus and this building,” Fisher said. “It will be tiered with landscaping and concrete walkways that will take you to the heart of campus. There will be space there, landscaping, places to sit and think, places for trees, paintings and outdoor instruction areas.

A rendering of the Trinity Annex project looking west. | HPC

The first serious demolition on campus will involve the Jensen House – the current home of the university’s children’s center, located on the south end of campus. In its place, the University plans to construct a 25,000 square foot microgrid and sustainability building by January 2025. The infrastructure report indicates that the building will be used as a test facility for energy systems and will provide a “home for sustainability” on Campus. The $24 million project will also include spaces for academic departments, laboratory research, offices, conferences, students and a common area.

In January, CPH announced plans to move the Children’s Center and Child Development Lab to the renovated Trinity Annex by June 2023.

Current projected cost for CPH infrastructure projects. | CPH’s updated infrastructure plan

By August 2026, CPH plans to complete construction of its new Library Circle Student Housing, Health & Dining Building, as well as the university’s first parking structure. This structure will add approximately 500 new parking spaces to the lot located at the northwest end of campus near Granite Avenue and LK Wood Boulevard.

“The project would build approximately 200,000 [gross square feet] at the northwest corner of Library Circle and LK Wood Boulevard,” the infrastructure project reads. “The building will contain a new health center and expanded catering services with 650-bed residential complexes above.”

The Library Circle student housing, health and restoration project and parking structure. | HPC

These proposed projects are estimated at $175 million and would result in the demolition of several campus houses, including the “little apartments,” used for CPH’s ZipCar service, Brero House, which houses the Indian Tribal and Educational Staff Program of the university, Hagopian House, and Feuerwerker House, previously used by the now-emptied public radio station KHSU.

“Older homes at a public facility are problematic for many reasons, including code compliance and maintenance costs,” Fisher said. “Not to say they’re not valuable on campus.”

The final phase of the infrastructure overhaul would include the demolition of campus apartments, the current sculpture and ceramics labs, the Warren House, and the Bret Harte House – the longtime home of the Journalism Department of the Institute. university.

The Bret Harte House. | CPH Journalism Department Facebook page

Deidre Pike, associate professor of journalism at CPH, told the Outpost that many journalism alumni were heartbroken to learn that the beloved building might be destroyed.

“Bret Harte House is the kind of wonderful boutique cottage that exudes Humboldt culture,” Pike said. “So those of us who have had the privilege of living, advising, teaching, and connecting with students in this lovely, historic, unofficially designated part of campus are devastated.”

The Campus Apartments Student Housing and Parking Structure project. | HPC

Pike added that the final stage of construction includes removing more greenery and several mature redwood trees.

“It’s not just our hallowed halls on the chopping block, but some spectacular mature landscaping and several large stands of redwoods,” she said. “Warren House, Campus Apartments, the Ceramics Studios – this whole hill descends to make way for a parking lot topped with dormitories. All of that is necessary, yes. But preserving a tiny bit of our Humboldt culture would be a huge necessary morale boost. right now for faculty, students, and alumni. We don’t want to be another strip mall on Cal State Strip.

The small grove of redwoods has proven to be a hazard in the past, including in 2015 when a giant tree fell directly onto the roof of the four-story student building.

A crew works to remove the tree that fell on campus apartments in 2015. | Outpost File Photo

“When redwoods are in freestanding groves like this, they’re exposed to winds from all directions,” Fisher said. “It’s very valuable.”

However, he added that no major landscaping would be done without community input.

“Whenever we encounter geological or landscape issues on campus, we try to work around those issues as much as possible,” Fisher said. “It is simply too early to tell. There’s so much planning between now and when this project goes live. We would always pass this type of decision making through a landscaping committee and community forum. »

The $110 million campus apartments and parking structure project will include the addition of 600 to 700 beds and 650 new parking spaces. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2027. Fisher said the journalism department and the ceramics and sculpture labs will receive new homes at a later date.

CPH also has several major academic renovation projects planned in addition to the aforementioned infrastructure projects. These renovations include more space and updated labs for Alistair McCrone Hall and Science Buildings A and C. The University will also invest $21 million in marine facilities at the Eureka Research Laboratory (Offshore Wind Laboratory). This includes the Teloncher Marine Lab, the University’s “Coral Sea” marine research vessel, and the new Eureka Research Laboratory.

Proposals for academic projects. | HPC

Although these projects are expected to be completed by 2027, Fisher and CPH spokeswoman Aileen Yoo told the Outpost that all of this information is subject to change.

“Nothing is set in stone,” Yoo said. “Plans have been and continue to be fluid and progressive, and we are sharing information as we have more details.”

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Disneyland Trolleys Return to Mickey & Friends, Pixar Pals Parking Structures After Nearly Two Years

ANEHEIM, Calif. (KABC) — “The happiest place on earth” just got a little easier to navigate, with Disneyland Resort’s streetcars returning to service on Wednesday.

Trams take guests from the Mickey and Friends and Pixar Pals parking lots directly to the park. They had been out of service since the park reopened amid the lingering pandemic.

“We’ve been waiting a long time for these trams to return, and today we chose to come this week so we could ride the trams with everyone,” visitor Arielle Cashion told Eyewitness News.

It was a star affair as Mickey and Minnie were among the first on board.

“We were here just after Christmas and we walked over 20,000 steps,” said Disneyland guest Kim Green. “Anything that decreases steps is great.”

LEARN MORE | Disneyland removes mask requirement for vaccinated guests in most indoor areas

“The tram is quite significant in that it is the magical welcome of the morning and the kiss of the evening,” said Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock.

Potrock says it’s a sign of momentum at the station.

Thirty thousand cast members are back on the job, and more are being hired every day.

Night shows are back and wearing a mask is no longer necessary if you are fully vaccinated.

Next week, the Food and Wine Festival returns.

And they continue to invest, guests will soon be able to enjoy a reimagined Toontown and Downtown Disney.

“They were hungry to get some normalcy back into their lives,” Potrock said. “Disneyland is a symbol of that normalcy.”

After the resort’s darkest days, Disney enthusiasts say it’s a good time to believe in magic again.

Disney is the parent company of this resort.

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Snow and Ice Handling Tips for Parking Structures

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Chemical de-icers and snow plows are commonly used in the winter to remove dangerous ice and snow from patios and parking structures. While de-icers melt snow and ice, some can actually corrode the concrete and reinforcing steel of the parking structure, and some snow removal techniques can actually do more damage than good.

Western Specialty Contractors, a company specializing in the restoration and maintenance of parking garages, offers several tips for grounds managers to minimize unnecessary damage to parking structures during the winter months and keep drivers safe.

Snow Removal Tips

Clearly mark expansion joints in a manner that will be visible to the equipment operator when the deck is covered in snow.

Establish a snow removal pattern so that the plow blade approaches expansion joints, control joints, and tee-to-tee joints at an angle no greater than 75 degrees.

Equip plow blades and bucket loaders with rubber shoes or guards that prevent direct contact with the deck surface.

Do not pile snow on the deck surface. Snow piles can exceed the rated load capacity and cause cracks in the surface of the concrete deck.

Defrosting/Salting Tips

The use of chemical de-icers to control ice and snow buildup is common. However, these chemicals can have a negative effect on concrete and reinforcing steel and should be used sparingly. There are several types of de-icers on the market that can be used, however, only those approved by the American Concrete Institute are recommended.

Sodium chloride (road salt, table salt): It is the most commonly used salt de-icer. It has little effect on concrete, but promotes corrosion of reinforcing steel and other metals. The use of this type of defroster is not recommended.

Calcium chloride: It is a major ingredient in most commercial de-icers. It has little effect on concrete, but promotes corrosion of reinforcing steel and other metals. The use of this type of defroster is not recommended.

Ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulphate: Use of this de-icer will cause severe concrete deterioration due to its direct chemical attack on the reinforcing steel. The use of this type of defroster is not recommended.

Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA): The effects of this de-icer are similar to those of salt, but it takes longer to melt the ice. It has no adverse effect on concrete or steel reinforcement. If a defroster is required, a CMA is recommended.

It is important to minimize the amount of de-icing chemical applied during the first two years of concrete installation. Meanwhile, the concrete has increased permeability which can allow de-icing chemicals to migrate into the concrete more quickly. As concrete ages and hardens, it will become less permeable and chemicals will not penetrate as easily.

It is important to remember that the use of de-icing chemicals in general is not recommended. The safest way to remove ice and snow is to use a snowplow. Sand can also be used to increase tire traction on the deck, but be sure to protect the drainage system when washing the deck after use.

For more information on restoring and maintaining parking garages, contact Western Specialty Contractors.


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Deadline for submitting ideas for creative bicycle parking structures is approaching

the Atlanta Department of Planning seeks ideas for creative bicycle parking structures, including amenities such as bicycle racks, performative art, and bicycle repair stations. Applicants can choose to submit from three types of awards and be judged through a competitive application process.

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Applications are open to community organizations, including neighborhood associations, advocacy groups and professional associations and must be submitted online by December 31, 2021. Based on the scoring criteria, conditional rewards will be awarded to the best projects, which will then have to bring together support from the neighborhood to move the project forward. Once the final awards are announced, the City will partner each recipient with an artist to develop and implement custom artwork for each award location.

According to the City’s website, the three types of bicycle parking structures include:

  • Bike Corral – Bike corrals are the conversion of an on-street parking space into a bike parking structure. City of Atlanta corridors with existing on-street parking are eligible for this type of award.
  • Sidewalk-Level Bicycle Parking – Sidewalk parking will use the sidewalk or furniture area for creative bicycle parking. Sidewalks must be at least 8.5 feet to be considered.
  • Open Space Bicycle Parking – Open space parking ideas include a destination in the City-owned public park. However, private properties or open spaces owned by other public bodies are not eligible destinations.

Project rating criteria include:

  • Priority equity areas (low to moderate income areas)
  • Destination (local shopping districts, main street districts, Friends of Park affiliation with city parks).
  • Cycling facilities (adjacent to existing cycle paths or paths).

According to the City’s website, the Bike Parking Structure competition is part of the Love our places initiative to reimagine Atlanta’s public spaces through small, low-cost, high-impact projects across the city. Past projects have included art-filled crosswalks and redesigned parking spaces as street food options.

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Paid parking comes into effect at Vail parking structures as Vail Mountain opens Friday

The Town of Vail issued the following press release on Tuesday on starting paid parking at both city lots starting Friday with the opening of Vail Mountain for the 2021-22 ski season:

Paid parking at Vail parking structures and outlying lots will coincide with the start of the 2021-2022 Vail Mountain ski and snowboard season, which is scheduled for Friday, November 12. Parking passes can be purchased in person from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. 45 pm Monday to Friday on the lower level of the Vail Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Road. Bring proof of eligibility as restrictions apply.

The city offers parking pass options that offer significant discounts off standard daily rates. Holders of value cards from the previous season will be able to confirm carry-over balances from the previous winter season and top up the value of their cards using the walk-in payment stations in the Vail Village and Lionshead car parks, by contacting the sales office parking pass at 970. -479-2014 or by going to the office in person. The recertification process has been lifted again this season to take into account public health protocols.

To coincide with the opening of Vail Mountain, Vail Transit has added service to West Vail, Lionsridge Loop, Ford Park and city roads to complete the start of the winter season ahead of the implementation of the schedule. full winter on December 13, which will include West Vail Express. West Vail Frontage Road parking service every 20 minutes via the sandstone interchange during morning rush hours. Passengers must adhere to federal requirements to wear face covers to protect the health and safety of drivers and passengers.

For more information on the sale and description of parking cards, call the parking sales office at 970-479-2104 or visit the city’s website at For more information on bus timetables, call 970-479-2178 or

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Pasadena May End 90 Minute Free Parking City Owned Parking Structures – Pasadena Now

The City of Pasadena may terminate the 90-minute free parking privilege at the nine city-owned public parking structures by charging a minimum charge of $ 1, effective July 2022, to fund repairs and repairs. maintenance of installations.

This is what the Department of Transportation recommends after a recent assessment showed that all City-owned parking structures are in need of repair and that most of the repair work must be completed by the end of the year. year 2024 to maintain these facilities. in operation.

Funds for these repairs are not – and will not be – available unless the City increases parking rates.

The new recommended parking rates are $ 1 for the first two hours, $ 2 for each hour thereafter, and $ 12 for the maximum daily rate.

The assessment by engineering firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner (WJE) Associates Inc. identified more than $ 12.15 million in needed repairs across the city’s entire garage portfolio. About $ 9.5 million of these repairs are expected to be completed in 2024.

The assessment showed that the priority for urgent repairs was based on the age of the current equipment that needs to be replaced and the parts of the structures that need to be repaired to ensure the future viability of the structures.

Some of the work to be done before the end of 2024 includes repairs and updates to carbon monoxide exhaust systems at three city-owned garages, upgrading cars and aging elevator systems. in eight garages, the installation of a new roof covering in a garage, and the improvement of the lighting systems in the nine structures.

The recommendation of the Transport Service will be taken up by the municipal services committee of the municipal council on Tuesday, October 26, before being taken up in plenary meeting of the municipal council on Monday, November 1.

Noting that the City’s Parking Garage Fund (Fund 407) does not have funds available for necessary repairs, the Department said parking rates at City garages have remained stable over the past 20 years. recent years, while spending – mostly on salary increases, materials and supplies, and the cost of repairs and upgrades – has grown by around three percent a year.

“Fund 407 closed fiscal 2020 with a balance of $ 429,186, a decrease of approximately $ 5,000,000. Fund 407 is expected to close fiscal 2022 with a negative fund balance of $ -1,519,796, ”the transportation department said in an agenda report for city council.

The report also states that transportation department staff will work with local businesses near municipal garages to create a validation program so that these businesses can provide parking for their customers. The Ministry has also carried out outreach efforts to engage the local community and business owners and collect inputs to propose recommended actions.

The report says that if the recommended changes are approved, the Parking Garage Fund could potentially increase by about $ 2.9 million per year.

Department of Transportation staff will explain the details of the recommendations at Tuesday’s municipal service committee meeting, which begins at 4 p.m.

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Public security concerning the City’s car parks

Public car parks and surveillance cameras in the city center have been out of use for almost two years. City council unanimously approved $ 1.4 million for a new camera system at the October 5 meeting. The police department hopes the cameras will be installed before the end of the year. In the meantime, according to police, further steps are being taken to protect the area.

SoCo parking at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

During the council discussion, Mayor Whitaker said that neither he nor the other council members had ever received an email regarding a camera failure and that if he or his fellow council members had received such a notice , they would have made it a priority.

However, a city public documents request (R000627-091721) requesting emails regarding the cameras showed only one dated February 2020 from Chief of Police Dunn to all council members, City Manager Domer, Antonia Castro-Graham and Ellis Chang, explaining that the cameras had to be put back, replaced. There were no emails responding to Chief Dunn’s email.

Dunn is currently both Chief of Police and IT Manager.

Retirement Observer Editor-in-chief Sharon Kennedy also sent an email on Aug. 25 alerting every member of city council to the lack of surveillance cameras and the serious security concern for any citizen using public parking. Only council member Zahra responded and, in an August 31 email, said it was a priority and was forwarding the email to Chief Dunn for an update.

Fullerton Police Chief Dunn was invited by City Council at the October 5 council meeting to brief the public on the ongoing investigation into JP23, which resident Samantha Velasquez said she believed being drugged and after leaving the bar she was raped and left in the SoCo parking lot. .

“There have been several people who have made similar allegations to those of the original victim [Samantha Velasquez]Said Chief Dunn. “These investigations take months. We want to get all the evidence. The observer was later said by the Fullerton Police Department sergeant. McCaskill that the exact number of victims reported in this case could not be disclosed due to HIPAA regulations.

“Running in harmony with [the assault, drugging, and rape investigations] is the administrative process which is our entertainment license recourse process over which I have control in my office, ”said Chief Dunn. “This process is ongoing. We work through these [steps] now and I think the public will have a little more clarity on the department’s efforts in the criminal vein and the Fullerton Municipal Code (FMC) vein, which governs the entertainment licensing process.

Asked after the first police department remedy hearing for JP23, owner Jacob Poozhikala said one of the first remedies was removing the drink from the fishbowl, which Police Chief Dunn said is easily drugged. Since then, Poozhikala has also removed the tinted glass that limited visibility and installed a small sign in the women’s toilet that tells women how to protect themselves while drinking.

“These problems [over-intoxication and fights] aren’t JP23 issues, they’re all bar issues, ”Poozhikala said.

Observer volunteers visited the downtown nightlife scene and found several apparent Conditional Use Permit (UPC) violations (for which JP23 had previously been cited) occurring at other bars, including charges of customer coverage at Matador and Ziing. Matador had over 100 people lined up at Amerige’s corner, and Revolucion served drinks in fish jars (large enough to intoxicate five people).

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A futuristic look at parking structures

“No Parking” certainly does not need to imply a negative connotation, according to a recent report by JLL who describes four ways parking garages prepare for fewer cars.

Land conversions, parking technology pilots, EV stations and autonomous vehicle hubs are some of the creative and innovative ways to evolve these important elements of commercial real estate.

The rise of VTCs, autonomous vehicles and micro-mobility devices such as electric scooters should lower motorization rates among younger generations.

This, along with the increase in electric vehicle ownership, has caused building owners and architects to think about parking lots and how they will need to adapt.

“The forecasted demand for electric vehicles is increasing,” says Mike Bammel, general manager and national practice manager, Renewable Energy, JLL. “Existing properties may not have the capacity or capabilities to manage it. “

Turn it into a retail space

Parking garages are built for a future where people drive less, which means designing structures that can support the possibility that they can be turned into something else, like a retail space or a theater.

For example, a garage in AvalonBay Communities Inc.’s 475-unit multi-family complex in the Los Angeles Arts District will have higher than average ceilings; flat floors, unlike the sloped foundations found in most parking garages; and the elevators and stairs are in the middle of the structure, not on the perimeter. The project is expected to be completed in 2022, according to JLL.

In Shenzhen, Kohn Pedersen is designing a complex with underground parking lots that could be converted into retail space.

The Cincinnati headquarters of data analytics firm 84.51 ° was designed with three floors of above ground parking that could be converted into offices, JLL also reports.

Technical parking experiments in progress

To prepare the car parks of the future, new technologies must be tested. The current structures are already part of the experiment.

Inside the Detroit Smart Parking Lab, which opened in August, smart mobility and infrastructure companies are testing parking-related mobility, logistics and electric vehicle charging technologies, with help from Michigan state grants.

Enterprise, the rental car company, will test automated valet parking technology that can improve the rental car return process in the Detroit space.

The proliferation of EV charging stations

In 2020, the share of global sales of electric cars increased by 70% to a record 5%, according to the International Energy Agency.

And by some estimates, electricity adoption could increase by 25% per year over the next five years, according to Bammel. There are tax advantages in some areas for building charging stations to meet this demand. AvalonBay has increased the number of electric car charging stations in its buildings in West Hollywood and Hollywood, as have many multi-family owners.

“Coordinating with infrastructure teams to ensure they have the capabilities to execute and deliver sustainability options will be critical to deploying this programming successfully and on time to meet demand,” said Bammel .

In California, tech company EVmatch is installing 120 electric vehicle chargers in apartment complexes with a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The company plans to target properties in poorer communities where residents typically face major barriers to owning and charging electric vehicles.

Autonomous fleets fit into tight compression

Many building owners envision their current car parks as future transport hubs for driverless taxi fleets.

The Kohn Pedersen complex in Shenzhen, for example, has an elevated loop that could be dedicated to autonomous vehicle drop-offs and pick-ups.

A 2018 render from the National Parking Association in the United States shows a garage with stacked parking for autonomous vehicles and separate entry lanes for cars driven by humans. The absence of drivers allows them to squeeze more tightly than typical cars.

“It might sound like a long way off, but it really isn’t,” Bammel says. “Building owners are best prepared to adapt to changes as they occur. “

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Parking structures will be key to Bushnell South’s development in Hartford

Parking structures will be a key component of Bushnell South, a development that aims to replace acres of parking lots with up to 1,200 new housing units and 60,000 square feet of retail and commercial space.

“The main objective is to take advantage of the [Capital Region Development Authority’s] are working in some critical properties and the investments they’ve already made in the Clinton Street parking lot, ”said Ben Carlson, director of urban design for Goody Clancy, a Boston-based architecture and planning firm, in a statement. updated September 16 at CRDA. plank.

As the existing supply of above-ground parking declines, Carlson said they will need to create more parking structures and then operate them in a shared-use format that will allow residents, office workers and theatergoers to use them at different times of the day and week.

“We minimize the costs and the square footage required and this opens up opportunities for development,” said Carlson.

The project focuses on approximately 20 acres bordered by Capitol Avenue and Elm, Trinity and Main streets near the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.

CRDA built the new $ 16 million parking lot on Clinton Street. It is also contributing $ 13.5 million to the conversion of the former state office building at 55 Elm St., into 164 residential units, a $ 63 million project that is part of the first phase of the development. from Bushnell South. In total, the first phase will have 278 housing units.

CRDA executive director Michael Freimuth said the authority owns several plots in the area and plans to endorse other projects in line with the plan prepared by Goody Clancy.

The second and third phases take advantage of adding two levels and approximately 135 spaces to a CRDA parking structure by creating a mixed-use building facing the state office building, Carlson said.

Phases two and three represent half of the housing potential of the project, he said.

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Amid declining revenues, city modernizes parking structures

(TNS) – With fewer people parking downtown due to COVID-19, new technologies will be added to city parking lots that officials say should be more convenient for drivers.

“We’re getting totally modern,” said Debbie Pacific, director of the Danbury Parking Authority, a quasi-municipal agency in charge of downtown garages, meters and public land.

The barriers at the Patriot and Bardo garages will be removed. Instead of paying an attendant, drivers will enter their license plate and payment into a kiosk or new mobile app. The cameras will recognize the license plate of license holders, who will not need to use the kiosk or the app. Bollards will be installed for on-street parking, the mayor said.

Danbury City Council was due to discuss at its Thursday meeting changes to the parking ordinances to reflect the new technology.

The city included $ 100,000 in its approved capital budget for the project, with the authority contributing an additional $ 10,000. Pacific expects the new technology to go live by November 1.

“In the long run, it will also help us generate more income,” she said.

Parking revenues have been hit due to the coronavirus pandemic, with fewer people heading downtown to shop, eat and work, she said. Pacific estimated that the number of monthly permits fell by 25 to 30 percent.

“As soon as we felt things were starting to go up we got the new delta variant and that set us back a bit,” Pacific said. “We remain hopeful. We are always waiting for things to change.

Revenue fell 24% from $ 200,000 from June 2020 to June 2021, she said. The authority also cut salaries by about as much, she said.

Some employees were put on leave at the start of the pandemic, with staff, including Pacific, taking reduced hours and pay. Only two employees are returning full time, she said. Employees always have their benefits.

The authority has grown from 16 pre-COVID employees to nine, with a few retiring and some part-time workers finding other jobs, she said.

The garages have been operating on reduced hours due to reduced staff, but new technology should allow them to be open 24/7, Pacific said. The plan is to always have security in the garages.

“We’re just going to look and see if we need someone and where we need them,” she said.

Danbury will continue to use the ParkMobile app for street parking.

“So many people know him and he’s really accepted all over the country,” Pacific said.

The rates will remain the same, with parking lots being charged $ 1.50 per hour. The permit rate is $ 55 per month.

Downtown life

The Mayor and CityCenter Danbury, the organization that supports the downtown business district, are excited about the new technology.

“This feature will be something that will move Danbury forward,” said Angela Wong, Executive Director of CityCenter.

Life in the city center is slowly returning to normal as residents return to shopping and dining, she said. She doesn’t expect COVID to have a long-term effect on downtown or the parking lot.

“People are very anxious to get back to what they are used to,” said Wong.

The new downtown sidewalks are designed to attract customers and businesses to the downtown area. The first phase of this streetscape project is expected to be completed this month.

“I think it’s working exceptionally well,” said Mayor Joe Cavo. “I have no doubt it will be done in time, if not sooner.”

Pacific said she hopes the effect of COVID on parking will be temporary. Some parking lots started returning to Metro-North station grounds last month, she said.

“People are feeling a little bit comfortable working from home and staying home and shopping from home, but I think it’s going to be short lived,” she said. “I think we want to be in public. We want to get back to normal life, so hopefully things will work out soon. “

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Homeless camps appear in downtown parking lots – Palo Alto Daily Post

Homeless settlements are common in San Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco, but now people live in the city-owned parking lot at 520 Webster Ave. in downtown Palo Alto, as shown in this July 1 photo. Post a photo by Dave Price.

This story first appeared in the Daily Post on July 2. A follow-up story printed on July 9 appears below.

In this July 1 photo, campers have set up a makeshift kitchen adjacent to their sleeping area. On the ceiling beam at the back are beer bottles and a radio. A cart is at the back of the kitchen. Post photos by Dave Price.

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Two homeless camps have sprung up on the upper floors of the Webster / Cowper garage at 520 Webster Ave., just one block from University Avenue.

Such encampments are not unusual in other California cities, but they are new in downtown Palo Alto.

No one was home yesterday, but tents, electric heaters, a Weber barbecue, keypad and radio had been installed by locals.

The garage didn’t have a lot of cars yesterday, and most of them were on the first two floors. Thus, the upper floors provided plenty of space for residents to stretch out.

Follow-up article printed on July 9

Police try to help homeless people with housing and services

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The city mainly dismantled an elaborate homeless encampment in the Webster / Cowper parking structure of Palo Alto, through two more tents at different levels of the garage.

How do campers get electricity to run heaters and cell phones? They plug into electrical outlets in the town garage.

Such encampments are common in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, but there aren’t many in Palo Alto. And when they appear here, they attract the attention of locals and the police.

Last Friday (July 2), the Post printed several photos of the homeless camps in the garage at 520 Webster Street, showing things like a makeshift kitchen with a Weber barbecue.

On Saturday July 3, police issued a notice allowing them to remove abandoned property within 48 hours. City public works workers helped clean up the encampment on Tuesday, July 6.

Palo Alto Deputy Police Chief Andrew Binder said yesterday (July 8) officers are trying to resolve issues with a compassionate approach that treats campers like human beings.

“It’s been a problem in Palo Alto for many years and we’re not going to fix it overnight,” Binder told the Post. “We will get involved but we will do our best to take non-punitive approaches.”

One of the tents in the Webster / Cowper garage. photo of July 1.

This means offering homeless people services ranging from mental health counseling to housing.

“One of the things that frustrates me is that not everyone wants help,” he said.

When the police encounter homeless settlements, the police come out first and talk to the campers to see what services they need. Then the police will post a notice saying that in 48 hours the city will confiscate the abandoned property.
Such a notice was posted by police at the garage on Saturday, Binder said.

When they start to dismantle a homeless settlement, city workers are faced with a question: “There is garbage and debris and then there is the staff. It is part of our job to understand what is what.

“For our homeless people who live there, that’s all they have. It’s their sense of worth, their belonging, what they have in this world, ”Binder said. “That’s why (the approach we take) must be compassionate. And I think that’s what the community is looking for.

A motorhome provides outdoor advertising for Amazon Prime in this July 1 photo.

He said the idea of ​​stopping the homeless is low on the police’s list of remedies.

“We could go out there and move everyone out of that garage and next week they could be in another garage, or they could be in one of our parks, or they could come back,” Binder said.

“It’s not something that resolves overnight.”

A step in the direction of solving these problems is a new program that will put a mental health professional on the streets, paired with an agent, to help bring psychological services to those in need and prevent them from committing crimes. crimes that will put them in jail. The mental health professional will accompany the workers when they visit places such as homeless camps. The program, called the Psychological Emergency Response Team or PERT, will be funded by Santa Clara County and Binder said he hopes it can begin this fall.

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UToledo speeds up parking lot demolition after Florida collapse

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The University of Toledo is accelerating plans to demolish its parking lots in response to the nationwide conversation within concrete structures following the tragedy of the Surfside Condominium collapse in Florida and recent inspections for annual repairs.

The east and west ramp garages were due to be demolished next year, but demolition is now taking place this summer on garages built in 1976.

On its website, the administration explains that with all car parks, damage caused by de-icing salts, snow removal, winter freezes and exposure to the sun and water affects the life of the structures.

In a statement posted on the university’s website, Jason Toth, senior associate vice president for administration, said, “Garage degradation continues at an accelerated rate compared to what we have seen in recent years. and for the safety of our community on campus, we had to go up our timeline to eliminate them.

As a precaution, the two parking structures will henceforth be replaced by land with paved surfaces. A nonprofit called SP +, from Chicago, will also take over day-to-day operations. The university is expected to spend $ 9 million demolishing the east and west garages, as well as paving, tripping, resurfacing and repairs over the next few years.

“Despite our best efforts to extend the structural integrity of garages, they have reached the end of their useful life. … we are convinced that these short-term drawbacks are necessary for the positive long-term impacts on the University, ”Toth said.

“I never really used the parking garages so it’s not too bad for me. I don’t know a lot of people who use the parking lots, but I’m sure for safety it’s a good idea, ”says Toledo student Molly Ryan.

“I mean, if they wanted to demolish it anyway and it protects everyone, then yeah, I think that’s a good idea,” says Amid Gahadrad, a junior at Toledo.

909 spaces in the east ramp and 750 spaces in the west ramp will be eliminated, but once the garages are removed there will still be over 6,700 parking spaces on the main campus and 4,400 spaces on the health sciences campus . The university says it will also factor in forecasted parking demands based on enrollment and employment trends, it expects to have excess parking spaces.

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Town of Normal loses revenue on parking structures due to pandemic

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) – Parking structures were the subject of a debate on Monday evening at the Normal City Council meeting.

Council member Stan Nord questioned the fees and said the city was constantly losing money to reimburse the management company for the management fees.

In Uptown Normal parking structures, parking is free for the first hour and any additional hour costs $ 1 per hour. However, for the past year, the Town of Normal has experienced a loss of revenue for the town specifically at this structure.

On Monday night at the council meeting and on social media Tuesday, administrator Stan Nord said the city should reconsider charging parking fees at city-owned garages after the city paid more than $ 8. $ 000 in lost revenue refunds to Heartland Parking Inc.

“The total is $ 56,000 which we lost due to the collection of parking fees. So if it costs us more to collect, we have to look at that because it’s an overall net loss, ”said Nord.

The city reimburses Heartland Parking, which manages the collection of fees. But the money used to pay is not made on the structures. Nord said the parking fee should cost taxpayers nothing.

“Taxpayers lose. All this money is coming out of taxpayers’ pockets. All the money that we don’t get because of parking, taxpayers pay to cover it, ”said Nord. “If we cut spending anyway, then it’s a net gain all around, but we have to think about it. We need to have this conversation.

Normal City communications director Cathy Oloffson said fees exist for the interview and deter students from filling bridges, avoiding fees elsewhere.

“These are costs that are fixed costs. They are not leaving. We want to make sure the bridges are clean, safe and well lit and the fees we collect help offset those operational costs, ”said Oloffson.

Oloffson said COVID-19 primarily caused a loss of people using Uptown parking and in the non-COVID years the city broke even, preventing taxpayer dollars from reimbursing Heartland Parking.

“We are starting to see traffic picking up from Uptown station. For many months at the start of the year, Amtrak did not have a full train schedule, so these numbers are reflected in what has been shared so far, ”said Oloffson.

Oloffson also said the city does not operate the parking lots as a revenue generator, but only as a place where residents and visitors can park their cars and “dine, shop and play” in Uptown.

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PHOTOS: Temperature checks, distance markers removed from Disneyland Resort parking structures and plaza

This week, COVID-19 security measures were relaxed at Disneyland Resort, and now we’re starting to see what things look like in this return to normal.

At the Mickey & Friends car park, the temperature control stations have been removed. Guests were no longer required to be screened as of Tuesday, June 15.


As the metal detectors approached, physical distancing markers were put up, allowing guests to line up as they did before the pandemic.


There are also no markers leading to the tram.


Fully immunized guests are no longer required to wear a face covering, and we’ve seen many benefit from the rule change.


Markers were also removed outside the entrance to Disneyland, although they left footprints on the sidewalk.


You can still see the contours even on the commemorative paving stones.


With no distancing requirement, guests lined up near the doors.


Across the plaza, guests could be seen doing the same at the entrance to Disney California Adventure.


These outlines are one of the few reminders of one of the strangest periods in Disneyland Resort history.


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Long Beach launches the installation of a solar awning in public parking lots in the city center • Long Beach Post News

Solar awning installations at three designated public parking lots in the city center are under construction, marking the first of two phases in a series of solar projects across Long Beach, the public works department said on May 7. .

The first phase of this project is part of the city’s solar power purchase agreement with PFMG Solar Long Beach, LLC, a renewable energy company, for the construction and operation of 10 solar panels in various Long Beach’s public facilities, all of which are estimated to be completed by spring 2022, officials said.

The first phase of the city’s solar energy PPA includes rooftop installations of public parking lots at City Place A (50 W. Sixth St.), City Place B (50 E. Fifth St.) and City Place C ( 50 E. Third St.), officials said.

The solar power system totals 415.2 kilowatts, capable of producing electricity equivalent to 60 homes. Officials say the project will reduce the city’s carbon footprint by about 530 tonnes as the city’s partner Southern California Edison switches to green technology to meet its goal of 80% renewable energy by 2030. The solar panels will also provide covered parking for around 130 parking spaces, officials said.

“The installation is part of Public Works’ largest solar installation effort to date, with seven more locations in the construction authorization phase,” Public Works Director Eric Lopez said in a statement.

Phase two of this project is expected to begin later this year, officials said.

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Latest e-book takes a look at waterproofing concrete parking structures

The magazine’s sponsored e-book series continues with an overview of waterproofing concrete parking structures.
Photo courtesy of RJC engineers

Owners, engineers and contractors involved in the design, operation, maintenance and restoration of parking garages and building podium decks should understand the role and importance of waterproofing systems in protecting these facilities. When there is a lack of attention to these systems, repair and maintenance costs increase and the expected life suffers.

The methods of protecting parking garages and catwalks have evolved and changed dramatically over the past 30 years. Old ways of thinking and designing have given way to new understandings of deterioration mechanisms and protection needs, some of which are reflected in the new requirements of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) S413, Parking structures. The better understanding of how moisture and de-icing salts accelerate the deterioration of concrete and steel structures has encouraged growth in this sector. The long-term performance of these buildings is directly related to the effectiveness of the watertight barriers used to prevent contamination by moisture and de-icing salts, as well as the management of salt-laden water entering the building. installation. An article in our latest sponsored eBook looks at waterproofing concrete parking structures.

This waterproofing article, along with two others, can be found in our latest eBook “How to Waterproof Concrete”, a free downloadable resource. To get your copy in pdf or digital format, visit

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Milwaukee Council Requires Safety Plans for Parking Structures

Milwaukee city officials are targeting violent assaults and other crimes in places the FBI considers most dangerous: parking lots.

Under a new ordinance expected to come into effect next month, owners of parking lots and structures will be required to submit safety plans to the police before approval of the license to practice. Locations that have two or more incidents per month will be ordered to implement additional security measures, such as adding cameras or barriers, increasing lighting, or other improvements recommended by police. , under penalty of losing their license.

A security incident is defined as any activity on the premises which results in “damage to parking customers, vehicle vandalism, theft of vehicles or property inside vehicles or any other incident that threatens health, safety or security. safety and well-being of customers ”.

“This is a monumental achievement for the city to prevent future injuries and deaths of parking lot users,” said Randy Atlas, a Florida-based building safety expert who teaches crime prevention through environmental design.

The order comes following the gruesome murder of a nurse practitioner walking to her car after completing her shift at Froedtert Hospital in 2019 and a subsequent investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealing serious flaws in security in hospital parking lots nationwide.

Parking lots in general, whether in hospitals, schools or nightclubs, are the third most common site of homicides, assaults, kidnappings and other crimes, according to FBI figures analyzed by the Sentinel Journal.

The city passed an ordinance targeting more than 65 downtown parking lots in 2018 after a spate of crime in the parking lot of the intermodal station on St. Paul Avenue. The latest ordinance extends the coverage area to the entire city.

Better surveillance and better security are needed in parking areas “because the area is often deserted, easily accessible, poorly lit and for other reasons,” the ordinance specifies.

Mayor Tom Barrett signed the ordinance on Wednesday, according to his spokesperson.

It is not clear, however, whether the ordinance will tackle crime in parking lots and private structures, such as those owned and operated by hospitals and other employers or apartment buildings. As written, it applies to garages or lots on which “a business is carried on to store motor vehicles where the owner or person storing the vehicle must pay a fee.” It exempts lots of 15 boxes or less.

While employees at many hospitals pay to park on the job, hospitals don’t always charge visitors. One of the co-sponsors of the ordinance, Ald. Bob Bauman, said he would like the ordinance to apply to all parking lots used by the public, whether or not a fee is charged. He said he was asking the city attorney for an opinion on the matter.

“We are trying to resolve the backdoor issues you detailed, through licensing,” Bauman said in an interview with Journal Sentinel. “The emergency solution to this is human surveillance with eyes, ears and mouths that can talk on the phone and call for help. “

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Thomas Smith, security consultant for the nationwide healthcare sector, praised the Joint Council’s action, but said more needed to be done.

“I think that’s a good place to start. However, I would suggest adding specific requirements,” said Smith, who has been a consultant for hospitals for 20 years.

Atlas, hired by Journal Sentinel to assess parking lot security at five Milwaukee-area hospitals, agreed.

“This is a great intention,” Atlas said, “but they didn’t sweat the details of the implementation.” He said the ordinance did not explain the design features of crime prevention. pedestrians, ”he said. “There must be a lot more detail in the law. “

The lack of adequate security in the parking structure at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in eastern Milwaukee is at the center of a lawsuit brought by a woman who was stabbed more than a dozen times by a foreigner in 2018.

Lawyer Benjamin Wagner, who represents the woman, applauded the council’s action.

“This is a big step forward in requiring owners who invite the public to their premises to take reasonable security measures,” said Wagner. “It can only help.”

“Parking lots are inherently dangerous places because people are quite vulnerable when they are in a parking lot, especially when there is poor lighting and easy access to those who intend to engage in a parking lot. criminal behavior, ”Wagner said. “It’s not just about hospitals, but every hospital knows or should know and be aware that parking garages have had problems in the past.”

For Interstate Parking, which operates about three dozen parking lots and lots in downtown Milwaukee, including the intermodal station, the parking ordinance passed in 2018 has proven to be helpful, said the president of the company, Tony Janowiec.

Janowiec said this forces parking garage owners to be proactive in terms of safety, which gives the public confidence when visiting the city center.

“Sometimes having that interval to sit down and look at the data is beneficial,” Janowiec said. “Did it make a difference? I guess without that there would be a higher rate of break-ins and possibly injuries. … I think people should embrace it.

Contact Raquel Rutledge at (414) 224-2778 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @RaquelRutledge.

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What are the advantages of prefabricated parking structures?

SAN FRANCISCO—With the possibility of more people driving to cities and workplaces rather than taking public transportation once staggered workforces are given the green light, parking structures will be in greater demand. When considering building a parking structure, how can homeowners determine which type is best for a given project?

Rodney Riddle, Vice President of Parking Structures at McCarthy Building Companies Inc., recently shared his thoughts on the advantages of using pre-engineered deliveries over cast-in-place deliveries. What is the difference between precast and cast-in-place concrete parking structures?

Screen: When it comes to parking structures, there are three types to consider.

Placing the concrete: These structures are constructed using ready-mixed concrete poured into removable forms on site. High-strength cables in concrete are anchored at the outer edges and tensioned after the concrete has acquired sufficient strength (48 to 72 hours). Post-tensioned concrete is a very common type of concrete structure for parking garages today, especially for those above ground.

Prefabricated double tee: As the name suggests, a prefabricated, prestressed double tee looks like two capital Ts side by side. Panels, stringers, columns and double tees are fabricated off-site and assembled on-site. High-strength tendons in concrete are anchored to the outer edges of concrete forms and prestressed before the concrete is placed, then released once the concrete has acquired sufficient strength. In California, this method requires that a cast-in-place cap slab be placed over the double tee members to create a structural diaphragm and accommodate seismic requirements.

Concrete/precast hybrid: It is a composite structural system that uses the prefabrication process for columns and beams and decks formed and cast in place. Precast beams are bonded to cast-in-place bridges by weaving the bridge reinforcement through the exposed reinforcement casting in the precast beams. What are the pros/cons of each delivery?

Screen: Delivery of cast-in-place concrete offers the best seismic performance and the lowest cost solution. Its lighter structure equals fewer footings and fewer seams, which minimizes the amount of ongoing maintenance for items such as sealant replacements and reduces overall project lifecycle costs. This option also allows greater flexibility for mechanical, electrical and plumbing/MEP design. On the other end, cast-in-place concrete involves a higher field labor risk and longer construction time with more concrete pour days involved.

Prefabricated double tee structures require a large initial investment for engineering and prefabrication, but construction time can be faster than other types of structures. These structures require less on-site construction time by using most of the labor in a controlled prefabrication plant. Structurally, these buildings involve longer-term maintenance and appear darker from a lighting perspective after completion.

The hybrid option merges the advantages and disadvantages of cast-in-place and pre-engineered deliveries. These structures also require a large initial investment for engineering and prefabrication, but construction time can be slower than other types of structures. For contractors who do not have labor available, these types of structures reduce the amount of labor required on site and instead use labor from the precast plant . How can owners determine which method is best for a given project?

Screen: It really comes down to evaluating what is considered the best value for the homeowner based on a full understanding of the pros and cons of each type of structure. If lower costs and long-term durability are important, then cast-in-place should be considered a higher value. If construction speed is more important, a pre-engineered double tee option should be considered higher value.

Regardless of the type of structure used, selecting a contractor who performs structural work in their own strength can provide benefits to owners in terms of cost, schedule and quality control of the project.

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Saginaw County Considering Closed Parking Structures, Launches Meters To Raise More Money

SAGINAW, MI – Saginaw County leaders are considering ditching parking meters and adding closed parking structures to generate more revenue.

On Tuesday, May 12, Saginaw County Executive Committee members approved plans to install closed parking systems at metered parking lots on Cass Street and Court Street.

Over the years, the county has experienced a decline in meter revenues. At one point, the counters brought in $ 83,000 a year and, more recently, annual revenues were $ 73,000, a loss of nearly $ 10,000 over the years, according to a document submitted to the committee.

To generate more revenue, parking fees will be increased, according to Saginaw County maintenance manager Bernard Delaney Jr.

First-hour customers would be charged 50 cents, then $ 1.50 for each additional hour. Currently, the meter charges 50 cents per hour. A full day of parking will cost $ 11 in the new system. There are 166 meters between the two lots. Delaney estimates that the new system will bring in around $ 100,000 per year.

The meters would be replaced with closed parking structures. Customers will be greeted with a door to enter and a door to exit the car parks. They will be issued a ticket to park in the car park and upon leaving, the customer can pay by phone, credit card, cash or token. A payment kiosk will also be available inside the Saginaw County Government Center for those who wish to pay inside. They would then receive a parking validation ticket to use at the exit, according to Delaney.

“The current system we have is outdated,” Delaney said.

He added that at one point 12 meters broke down and could not collect any money.

Commissioner Cheryl Hadsall asked if there would be someone to help clients use the new system.

Delaney responded that there would be remote microphones built into the system that would connect users to someone inside the Saginaw County Government Center to help them resolve any issues.

The cost of the system and its installation would be $ 155,000 and eliminate the parking attendant position. The parking attendant walks the lots checking the meters every hour, fixes broken meters and collects money weekly with the Sheriff’s Assistant.

Some meters will be scrapped, while others will be posted on eBay, Delaney said.

The proposed plan will be the subject of a final vote at the Council of Commissioners meeting scheduled for Tuesday 19 May.

Delaney said if the plans are approved, work on both lots will begin in July.

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New Smyrna Beach could add downtown parking structures

Beachgoers and New Smyrna Beach residents might see more parking options around Flagler Avenue, as the city plans to implement a downtown parking garage.

The City of New Smyrna Beach conducted a survey of residents who asked them about parking and found that almost everyone said there were parking issues around Flagler Avenue.

“Ninety-seven percent of the people who responded said there was a parking problem on Flagler Avenue and they would like that problem resolved,” said Phillip Veski of the City of New Smyrna Beach.

People say parking near the beach can be hectic.

“It’s a bit clustered, a bit chaotic, and if you get there at the wrong time you won’t find parking,” said Laila Costello, who travels to New Smyrna Beach a lot.

The city is working on three potential ideas to alleviate downtown parking problems:

  • A parking garage that would have a store front downstairs and multiple parking levels above. Plants would hide the structure of the parking lot.

  • A Park-and-Ride system that would have a parking lot further away and a shuttle to the beach

  • Metered parking on Flagler Avenue

Currently, parking on Flagler Avenue is free, and people can park on the beach and nearby lots for an additional fee.

Some beach goers say they think providing more parking options will entice people on Flagler Avenue to shop and dine in New Smyrna Beach.

“If you want to get off and maybe just have lunch or something, you might not find parking and you could go somewhere else,” said Eddie McQuillan.

However, not everyone is on board.

Some people tell FOX 35 News that they think parking will take away the uniqueness of New Smyrna Beach.

“Absolutely not,” said resident Jean Reddington. “New Smyrna Beach has always been a wonderful, quaint little town that we all love and if you start putting in parking garages it will take away the historic charm of the town.”

New Smyrna Beach will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 10 at 4 p.m. to review the survey results and discuss potential parking options for the city.

They ask residents and others to attend and share their opinions.

The meeting will be held at New Smyrna Beach Town Hall.

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Students pay millions of dollars for parking structures | Campus News

This year alone, Cal State Fullerton students paid $ 9.8 million for their campus parking, and they are expected to spend millions more over the next decade.

The $ 9.8 million comes from the sale of approximately 39,000 half-year parking permits. Historically, CSUF is a suburban university and at least 50% of students buy parking permits every semester, according to the Ministry of Parking and Transport.

As of this semester, there are 39,868 students enrolled at CSUF and a total of 8,047 parking spaces available for students. CSUF sold 18,880 permits this semester, more than twice as many permits as there are places.

The parking permit cost $ 236 last semester, then rose to $ 285 this semester and will climb to $ 334 by the 2020 summer session, an increase of over 40% in two years. The daily parking pass will be increased from $ 8 to $ 10, and motorcycle parking permits will be increased from $ 120 to $ 140.

Campus officials justified the increase by stating that it will be used to fund the inbound parking structure on the east side of the campus, alongside the existing structure on the east side. The structure will contain 1,900 new spaces and cost $ 38.8 million, according to Sasha Azoqa, communications specialist for the parking and transportation department.

She added that each parking spot costs $ 20,000, which is used by of them to three students per day.

The new parking structure will be built north of the Eastside parking structure and is expected to be completed by fall 2020. It will include energy efficient LED lighting, elevators, staircase and a solar canopy on the roof.

The structure is meant to help alleviate parking lot overflow, a problem that has worsened over the years. However, some students expressed their dissatisfaction with the increase, acknowledging the problem of on-campus parking, but not wanting it to be paid for by students who are already facing financial hardship.

“It upsets and frustrates me because the students are already food insecure. We have homeless tenants. We can’t afford to pay for their textbooks, ”said Maria Linares, Associated Students board vice president. “Now is not the time to increase parking permit fees. “

Students opposed to increased parking permits have started a petition on the site which collected nearly 3,000 student signatures more than half of its target of 5,000 signatures. Throughout the comments section, students have expressed concern and disappointment with the increased fees.

A state audit on UHC earlier this year found that the chancellor’s office “has failed to ensure that campuses fully explore alternative transportation options before investing in expensive parking lots. The audit came months after the CSUF announced the construction of a new parking lot.

Kristen Jasko, director of the parking and transportation department, said her department has always looked for alternatives to parking, whether through third-party apps or carpooling to solve the parking problem.

The increase in parking fees supports an even greater cost: structures already built.

In the past 15 years, three parking lots have been added to the CSUF which are still in the process of being reimbursed, according to Danny Kim, Vice President of Administration and Finance.

The $ 25.7 million Nutwood parking structure is expected to be paid off by 2029, and the State College’s $ 24.7 million parking structure is expected to be paid for by 2031. Finally, the parking structure Eastside’s $ 24.9 million is expected to be paid in 2035, according to the Parking and Transportation Department.

The new structure will cost $ 2.6 million per year, bringing the total annual cost of construction bonds to $ 6.9 million, which will remain until at least 2029.

This brings the total cost of the parking structures to just over $ 114 million.

Azoqa noted that the new parking structure is “on track” in terms of development. Bomel Construction, the same contractor who built the State College parking structure, is currently building the third floor.

According to California Education Code 89700, the Department of Parking and Transportation cannot receive any state or university funding to help pay for the costs of operating or developing parking lots, forcing the department to fund itself only. .

“All construction or maintenance of the parking structure must come from the parking permit fee,” Azoqa said.

Jasko said the parking structures are typically funded by a 25-year loan that is paid back with the income from the parking permits.

The revenues from the parking permits are used directly to finance the parking operations, whether it is the operating expenses of the department, any unpaid debt service on the parking structures or simply general operating expenses, ”said Jasko.

To meet the demand for parking during the first three weeks of the school, the department launched an assisted parking program in the spring of 2017, which allowed students to park their vehicles in the aisles after the lots had been filled.

This year the “assisted parking has been placed in areas we didn’t have before, and for an extended period, ”Jasko said. This is due to the 500 parking spaces that were lost in Lot E, due to the construction of the new structure.

The program is available Monday through Thursday in lots A, G, S and Titan Hall South, with a parking attendant available until 10 p.m.

Another effort the department has made to help deal with the parking crisis is offsite parking at EvFree Church. This additional parking was offered for the first time in the spring of 2017 due to the registration record that the university faced in the fall of 2016.

Students can purchase an off-site parking permit for $ 85, with a shuttle service to and from campus available Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“What’s really cool about this parking lot (EvFree Church) and the shuttle service is that while we have 865 students parking there regularly, we also have a lot of carpool from there,” Jasko said. “So we actually have more passengers using the shuttles than we have license holders. “

President Fram Virjee was unavailable for comment.

Noah Biesiada contributed to this article.

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Parking lots in Old Town Fort Collins are free Saturday through New Years

Holiday shopping is stressful enough. Now, patrons of Old Town Fort Collins can enjoy a little more holiday cheer on their next trip to downtown: free parking on Saturdays.

The City of Fort Collins has announced that parking in downtown garages will be free from Saturday through New Year’s Day. This is in addition to free parking at the facilities on Sundays and holidays throughout the year.

Participating parking garages include the Old Town Parking Garage, 100 Remington St .; Fire station garage, 160 Chestnut Street; and the Civic Center garage at the southeast corner of Mason Street and Laporte Avenue.

This year, Fort Collins changed the way people pay to park in downtown garages. Drivers must now prepay to park rather than taking a ticket when leaving. The first hour at the Old Town garage and at the Civic Center garage is always free.

Users can either enter their vehicle’s license plate number and payment (cash or credit card) at a payment terminal, or use the city’s FC Parking app on a mobile phone.

Another novelty in the garages are signs indicating the number of parking spaces available on each level of the structure. Drivers can spot open spaces from a distance using the lighting system above each booth. Green lights indicate free space.

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Michigan Theater in Detroit named one of nation’s coolest parking structures

The people of Detroit have always heard of the Michigan Theater and its unique parking lot. Today, national publications are also successful.

In a list compiled by architecture magazine Architizer and, the Michigan Theater was recognized as one of “10 Amazing Parking Structures Across the United States.”

Here is what the article from the old theater says.

Once a 4,000-seat concert hall and cinema – the black-tie event site for the world’s most prominent musical personalities – the Michigan Theater in Detroit now serves primarily as a parking garage. The impressive Neo-Renaissance building was constructed in 1926 and became famous for its decadence, accented with 10ft crystal chandeliers.

In 1977, it was emptied to make way for a 160-space parking lot to serve employees of the adjacent Michigan Building, which would have faced structural complications had the theater been demolished.

He is joined on the list by other structures in Miami, Kansas City and Chicago. But the Michigan Theater is the only building on the list that has been adapted as a parking structure – the other nine were all built for parking.

Historic Detroit also notes another interesting fact about the bridge.

“In a twist as sad as it is ironic, the theater was built on the site of the small garage where Henry Ford built his first automobile, the quadricycle. (The garage was taken down by Henry Ford and moved to his museum in Dearborn, Michigan.)

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Detroit Michigan Theater named one of 10 Amazing Parking Structures

Anyone who has parked under the decadent domed ceiling of what was once the magnificent cinema and theater in downtown Detroit knows that this is certainly a unique place to park their car.

Now, the people of Detroit have the chance to let the rest of the world know by voting for the old Michigan Theater as the most amazing parking lot in the country.

The garage has compiled a list of “10 Amazing Parking Structures Across the United States” compiled by, a comparison brand for airport parking, and Architizer, an architecture and design publication.

People will now vote between the finalists to choose a winner, which will be announced at the end of the summer.

The Michigan Theater Building on Bagley in downtown Detroit is seen on Tuesday July 15, 2014.

Other parking structures on the list include one in Lexington, Kentucky, which changes color, another in Seattle, Washington, which sinks into the ground and looks like a sinking ship, and another in Kansas City, Missouri, with 600 ceramic inserts that create a striking facade.

The Michigan Theater, located at 238 Bagley Avenue, opened in 1926 and was designed by brothers Cornelius W. and George L. Rapp. The auditorium of the theater was emptied in 1977 to add the parking garage.

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Vail parking lots are free from April 22

Parking will be free at Vail parking structures starting Monday.
Justin Q. McCarty | Daily Special

VAIL – Free public parking reverts to the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures starting at 6 a.m. on Monday April 22. This includes free overnight parking until May 24, when a $ 25 charge will be applied to discourage vehicle storage.

The summer parking program will run until October 7 and will include free access to structures during the day for all users as well as free public access to the new red sandstone parking garage on North Frontage Road. As an additional option, overnight parking in the Red Sandstone Garage will be available free of charge for up to 72 hours throughout the summer.

Parking passes issued for the 2018-2019 season, with the exception of Rose passes, will be exempt from overnight charges. Other exemptions include employees who work nights at Vail Village or Lionshead, as well as guests from lodges with limited on-site parking. Current pink pass holders who will be working night shifts during the summer are urged to contact their employer to make arrangements with the city parking pass office to obtain a parking pass for the summer without charge.

Value card holders will be able to use their passes for free daytime access to Vail Village and Lionshead parking lots this summer. If the vehicle is parked in either structure between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., a fee of $ 25 will be billed to the card. As in previous years, Value card holders will need to bring proof of eligibility to city parking offices in November for recertification.

For more information, call 970-479-2104 before April 19 or visit

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Tindall Mississippi to provide prefabricated parking structures to Louis Armstrong Airport

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“Their team is attentive to the strict requirements of construction and specializes in production efficiency every step of the way,” said David Evans, project manager at Broadmoor Construction.

The Mississippi division of Tindall Corporation has won two parking projects for the Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“Our team is honored to have the opportunity to produce these structures for Louis Armstrong Airport with the help of our partners,” said Ed Baldinger, project manager for the Mississippi division of Tindall. “Our success comes from the combined efforts of the entire team for excellent service.

For the east parking garage, the Tindall team will use two cranes to install approximately 2,200 prefabricated parts, including beams, columns, double tees, wall panels and stairs. Each crane will be able to install about 70 parts per week, which will increase the assembly speed. The prefabricated phase of the eastern parking garage began at the end of February 2019 with an assembly schedule of 16 weeks.

The exterior of this bridge will have speed ramps on each side to keep the interior flat. It will be connected to the terminal by six elevators, numerous stairs and a covered passage.

“Tindall has been a valuable partner throughout the design and planning process for this next structure,” said David Evans, Project Manager at Broadmoor Construction. “Their team is attentive to the strict requirements of the construction and specializes in production efficiency every step of the way. New Orleans-based Broadmoor Construction was the general contractor for the East Parking Garage.

The prefabricated erection of the original parking deck was finalized in January 2018, approximately 2 months ahead of the construction schedule. It will also have six elevators, numerous staircases, an elevated pedestrian walkway and a car entrance leading to the elevated terminal roadway on the 3rd floor. He is currently in the detail phase of construction, painting the stripes of the parking spaces and completing the elevators. The general contractor for this garage is HGBM-JV.

The two parking lots will total more than 1,550,000 square feet and will provide more than 4,000 parking spaces when completed.

For more than 10 years, Tindall’s Mississippi division has produced remarkable work along the Gulf Coast. Tindall produced the prefabricated pylons that greet Louisiana State University fans at Tiger Stadium and the award-winning Precast / Prestressed Institute (PCI) parking lot at Park at South Market in New Orleans.

The team simultaneously maintains production efficiency while developing cost-effective and rapid solutions for their customers from their state-of-the-art 100-acre production facility, a true example of their best precast job.

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About Tindall

Based in Spartanburg, SC, Tindall Corporation is one of the largest manufacturers of precast concrete in North America. With five production plants located throughout the Mid Atlantic and South Central United States, Tindall provides engineering, manufacturing, shipping and installation solutions for precast concrete systems. and prestressed and underground utility structures.

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Downtown Columbia parking structures will receive upgraded cameras | News

COLUMBIA – Parking structures in downtown Columbia will be getting new security cameras. A member of the Columbia Parking Advisory Commission said that for many reasons the city wanted to move to more centralized monitoring with newer technology.

“One of the main reasons for doing this is that we are changing the parking payment system,” said Greg Cecil. “So it’s important to have a camera that focuses on the person using the parking device and so if there’s a problem someone can be on the line and be able to help them if they need to do it.

This means that entrances and exits to all parking structures will be more closely monitored.

The project is estimated at approximately $250,000 and installation will begin in late spring or early summer 2019.

Cecil said there weren’t many issues in the car parks, but public safety would still be a major concern. Some people who regularly park at the structures said there is definitely room for improvement.

“There needs to be more people reviewing the camera footage,” Steven Davis said. “I’ve had about four buddies who had their cars broken into or stolen and nobody did anything about it.”

Melissa Vanderplog said she didn’t always feel comfortable inside parking lots.

“It’s scary, especially when I’m alone,” she said.

A valet at the Tiger Hotel said that sometimes when he parks cars he sees people who have “no business there” or finds homeless people in the stairwells.

Elizabeth Worsham, who works in downtown Main Squeeze, said she would like more reassurance.

“I often leave work at around 9:30 a.m. so it would be really nice to know that the garage was safe because I feel a little nervous coming home,” she said.

Cecil said he hoped people would share their views at a hearing hosted by the Department of Public Works on March 26 at City Hall.

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City center car parks will now be billed 24/7

New “pay on foot” machines have been added to the three parking lots in downtown San Luis Obispo.

The system will now operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which will no longer be free for customers who leave after parking officers leave for the evening.

Parking booths will continue to be manned by attendants who will accept cash or credit, but hours will vary depending on the facility. If the booth is empty, bettors can pay by credit card on exit or before leaving at one of the new “pay on foot” machines.

Street parking meter prices will continue to be free after 6 p.m.

“The new system will reduce the time it takes to get in and out of each facility, provide additional payment options, and allow the city to dynamically link parking availability per location to the city’s website and possibly a platform. mobile. according to a press release from the city of San Luis Obispo.

The new system is expected to be rolled out in both Palm Street parking lots in the coming days. Carolyne Sysmans | Mustang News

The system is now in effect at the Marsh structure. The two Palm Street structures will follow in the coming days.

Two new payment terminals will be set up in each of the three structures in the city center, where users can pay for their parking in cash or by credit card before returning to their car and then inserting the validated exit ticket.

“It might be a learning curve for people at first, but once people get used to the system they will know it will get them in and out much faster,” said Scott Lee, parking manager. of San Luis Obispo.

The hourly parking rate will not change. Rates will continue to be free the first hour and $ 1.25 per hour thereafter. The daily maximum will remain at $ 12.50.

According to Lee, the reason for the change was that the old system had been in place for 15 years and the new system will allow them to enter occupancy data in order to make the system more efficient. Lee said they were looking for ways for customers to check parking lot fill levels with the system.

No parking agent will lose their job. They will continue to be there, but not necessarily inside the outgoing booth. Lee said allowing them to be on foot would help speed up the exit process by providing assistance with payments and keeping an eye on the garage.

“They’ll be able to walk around the garage, help orient themselves and almost act like security guards,” Lee said. “It should improve the customer experience. “

Carolyne Sysmans | Mustang News

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The most innovative parking structures around the world

The most innovative parking structures around the world

The covered car park: a loveless structure that is as necessary as it is unpopular. It can be easy for architecture to reflect non-whimsical nature, but sometimes, in the midst of all the mediocrity, a beautiful design comes through.

Airport parking relaunched its World’s Coolest Parking Lot Award, first released in 2013, which showcases some of the most innovative parking structures from around the world. Below is the list of the 10 selected buildings. Which one do you think deserves to win the award?

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Brisbane Airport Kinetic Parking (Australia)

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Designed by American artist Ned Kahn, the exterior of this eight-story parking lot is made up of 118,000 suspended aluminum panels that appear to ripple when the wind hits it. The innovative design also provides natural ventilation for the interior.

Multi-storey Victoria Gate (Leeds, UK)

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The bustling multi-story urban car park is located in Leeds’ Victoria Gate Shopping Center, valued at £ 165million, and is inspired by the architecture of the city’s history. The twisted aluminum fin cladding creates a box spring pattern emphasized by the shadows generated.

Parking Garagenatelier (Herdern, Switzerland)

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This exclusive car park, designed by the Swiss company Peter Kunz Architects, has only enough space for eight vehicles. The concrete cubes are embedded in the sloping mountain side, creating a juxtaposition of nature and geometric concrete structures.

Saint Luc University Clinics (Belgium)

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Made from natural materials, the parking lot is designed to be as welcoming as possible to visitors to the nearby hospital. The ‘canyon-wall’ offers an abundance of light, even in the basements, as well as natural ventilation for its 985 cars.

Parking AZ Sint-Lucas (Ghent, Belgium)

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© Dennis de Smet

This open-concept car park is spread over the space of two buildings, each surrounded by white metal balustrades with thousands of small geometric perforations. Exclusively native flowers on different levels help brighten up the space.

Parking Quick Parking Morelli (Naples, Italy)

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Located in the center of Naples, close to the main tourist attractions, the car park built inside an existing cave with a historic tunnel that connects 2 different parts of the city. The car park is built on seven levels and accessible by three tunnels.

2KM3 in Saint Gervais (Mont Blanc, France)

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Underground parking with a striking difference, 2KM3 is dedicated to contemporary urban art. Its name acts as an abbreviation for the wall / ceiling space measurement given to a dozen international artists to decorate in their own unique styles (2,000 m³).

Sinking of a multistage ship (Seattle, United States)

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The unique shape of this multi-storey car park, with bridges sloping in the opposite direction of the hill, gives it the name “Sinking Ship”. The four-story garage was part of a neighborhood revamp in the ’60s, in front of the Smith Tower and the old Seattle Hotel.

RAI Congress Center (Amsterdam)

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With a capacity of 1,000 cars, the building also serves as a flexible space for conventions and exhibitions. A pair of 30-meter spiral ramps with blue LEDs around the curved edges illuminate the building with an eye-catching helix-shaped entrance and exit.

Al Jahra Court automatic parking (Kuwait)

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With 2,314 spaces, this car park holds a Guinness World Record for “largest automated parking lot”. The bays designed by Robotic Parking Systems Inc. save more than 3 times the space of a normal parking lot, with a recovery time of the car of approximately 177 seconds.

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Waterproofing concrete parking structures: a comparison

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By James Cooper, P.Eng., LEED AP O + M
Owners, engineers and contractors involved in the design, operation, maintenance and restoration of parking garages and building podium decks should understand the role and importance of waterproofing systems in protecting these facilities. When there is a lack of attention to these systems, repair and maintenance costs increase and the expected life suffers.

The methods of protecting parking garages and catwalks have evolved and changed dramatically over the past 30 years. Old ways of thinking and designing have given way to new understandings of deterioration mechanisms and protection needs, some of which are reflected in the new requirements of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) S413, Parking structures. The better understanding of how moisture and de-icing salts accelerate the deterioration of concrete and steel structures has encouraged growth in this sector. The long-term performance of these buildings is directly related to the effectiveness of the watertight barriers used to prevent contamination by moisture and de-icing salts, as well as the management of salt-laden water entering the building. installation.

By effectively protecting the structure and keeping waterproofing systems in good repair, homeowners can slow the rate of deterioration and allow safe and uninterrupted use of the building for an extended period of time. The protection of the structure also ensures the stability of the value of the asset by limiting deterioration and closures, and reduces long-term investment costs. On the other hand, the failure of waterproofing systems often leads to economic losses, including damage to vehicles of building occupants, costly structural repair costs, and lost opportunities during repair work due to the failure. closure of parking lots. A functional waterproofing system is therefore the first line of defense for any structure subjected to vehicle use and de-icing salts.

Understand your needs
Deciding to protect a structure with a waterproofing system is a simple and necessary step. However, determining the specific waterproofing requirements to meet the long-term needs of the structure is more difficult. It is important to understand the critical elements to look for in an effective waterproofing system.

Prevent leaks
The obvious purpose of a waterproofing system is to prevent the flow of water and dissolved salts into and through the structure onto vehicles or into the occupied space below. Careful attention and effective detailing at termination points, drains, pipe penetrations, cracks and joints is required.

An example of deterioration of a thick waterproofing system on a flat roof.

Prevent chloride (salt) from entering cracks
Almost all parking garage surfaces are concrete. With very few exceptions, concrete does one thing very well: cracking. An effective waterproofing system must therefore fill cracks, which will open and close due to temperature changes and cyclic loads over the life of the structure. If the system cannot continue to fill cracks, it becomes an easy way for moisture and chlorides to bypass a surface applied waterproofing system.

Provide a non-slip surface
Slip resistance is important for vehicles and pedestrians as they pass through a structure. The health and safety of users is negatively affected if a waterproofing system becomes slippery, when wet, or over time. Therefore, both initial and long term slip resistance mechanisms are required.

Provide a durable wear surface
A poorly designed sealing system can wear out with use or deteriorate due to specific environmental factors. Accelerated wear and deterioration can have a significant impact on performance and life. A waterproofing system must withstand the aggressive environment in which it operates, maintain adequate functionality and meet the required service life. Worn waterproofing can quickly lose its slip resistance, and deteriorated installations cannot effectively prevent moisture and chloride from entering the structure. Critical areas with increased vehicle load (for example loading docks, truck traffic areas and traffic aisles) often require more rugged designs to meet similar lifespans to other areas.

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Santa Maria ordinance would establish ground rules for city parking structures | Local News

Santa Maria is preparing to crack down on bad behavior in the city’s car parks.

Santa Maria City Council this week approved the first reading of an ordinance to implement laws for city-owned parking structures.

“What this ordinance essentially does is establish ground rules for access to the garage,” said recreation and parks director Alex Posada.

The city has three car parks – all free – two of which are near downtown Santa Maria and the other near the Santa Maria Public Library.

In short, he said, the rules require someone to have a reason, like working, eating, shopping, or other related activities, to be in the parking lot.

In addition to serving shoppers and mall workers, the parking structures are used by employees of nearby office buildings and various people at the Santa Maria Court complex.

“It’s really a common sense approach to a situation that we’ve had for a number of years,” he said.

The city currently lacks applicable rules for activities in parking structures, including loitering and unwanted activities such as urinating in public, skateboarding, reckless driving and camping.

City staff reviewed the rules for parking structures in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo and took a similar approach to craft the new ordinance, according to Posada.

“This gives us another tool in our toolbox to perform execution actions in garages,” he said.

In addition, the ordinance will deal with persons parking large trucks in compact parking spaces not designed for such vehicles or otherwise occupying two spaces. The law defines compact spaces as those about 9 feet wide and 18 feet deep.

Tire marks left by drivers are among the activities in parking lots that Santa Maria officials hope to end with a new ordinance. (Photo by Janene Scully / Noozhawk)

Night parking will also be prohibited because it poses a problem for maintenance staff.

However, exceptions will be made with special permits issued to those who have offices or residences nearby.

In addition to issuing citations, the law would allow staff to issue warnings or inform people of the rules, Posada said.

A proposed restriction on people backing up in parking spaces also sparked debate. One of the reasons for requiring front-end parking is to allow police and park rangers looking for an expired vehicle registration to quickly spot the labels on the rear registration plate, Posada said.

City Councilor Michael Moats said drivers of large trucks typically return to the spaces.

“They will tell you that the reason they do it is when they pull out they can safely pull out, whereas trying to back up a large van when you have two other vans on either side. puts pedestrians at risk, ”Moats said. noted. “I really wonder if this is such a good idea.”

But city councilor Michael Cordero, a retired police lieutenant, disagreed, saying a driver backed up in a gap enters the travel zone in the wrong direction.

“I think we add to the danger of driving into the mall (parking structure) if we allow it,” he said.

Council members ended up banning parking where drivers return to spaces.

“I think you just need to do it the right way. There is a logic in going in with your headlights first because you are going to be more careful on the way out, ”said City Councilor Etta Waterfield, adding that most modern vehicles are equipped with rear view cameras for a better view.

Council is expected to adopt the new rules at the March 20 meeting, with the order taking effect 30 days later. Posada said city staff plan to educate users of parking structures on the rules before starting enforcement efforts.

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Will Disneyland continue to let guests walk from parking lots instead of taking a tram? – Orange County Register

Disneyland has launched work on its new car park, which will rise on the site of the former Pinocchio car park. As part of the site preparation work, Disneyland has moved its security checkpoints and trolley loading stations to the lower level of the Mickey and Friends parking structure. It’s the latest in what seem like endless changes at Disneyland, as the resort prepares for the opening of its ‘Star Wars’ land next year and the addition of a fourth hotel shortly. after.

But the main question that fans asked me after the tram station change has nothing to do with these upcoming additions to the station. People want to know if they can still walk between the parking lot and the parks.

For now you can, although it’s best to skip the escalators and just use the middle stairwell on the south side of the garage that joins the walking path. Having this option remains important to many Disneyland fans, as the ability to get around on your own can relieve much of the pressure of a busy day at the parks.

The fact that Disneyland is walkable is the main reason I prefer the park in Anaheim to its bigger and more popular sibling, Walt Disney World in Florida. It’s nice not having to get in a car or wait for a bus or tram every time you want to get from park to park or hotel like you do in Florida.

Walt Disney wanted to put a lot of space between its development in Florida and all the surrounding motels and restaurants, like those that obstructed Harbor Boulevard next to Disneyland in California. But that ultimately left Walt Disney World in a sprawling mess, where fans can spend much of their vacation queuing for buses or at parking lot tolls as they try to navigate the resort.

Many Disneyland Resort visitors end up parking in the Mickey and Friends parking lot, which can park nearly 10,000 cars. From there, visitors can take a trolley that will drop them off near the entrance to the resort’s theme parks, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, though some guests prefer to walk. (File photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Theme park fans endure enough line waiting as it is. Forcing everyone in Mickey and Friends to board the trams instead of letting some of us jump them while walking would make the wait for those trams even longer than they often are now. Nobody wants that.

The cheapest and greenest transportation option for getting around a community is almost always walking. But designers need to create communities that make walking possible. Too many communities are built on the assumption that everyone will always use their car to get around, even for absurdly short trips. This thinking makes every store, every restaurant an island in a sea of ​​asphalt, increasing the space between destinations and making walking to get around impractical or impossible.

Theme parks should be ideal communities, so ensuring enjoyable and efficient walking routes are part of their planning should be a design requirement. The same goes for keeping destinations close enough together to make walking an attractive alternative. It’s just a more efficient way to plan. Why spread things out, take expensive land, and force yourself to spend money on huge transportation systems? The Disney World model just doesn’t hold up in the 21st century.

Many of us now want more walkable communities. To date, Disney has done a good job with this in Anaheim, as Universal has done in Orlando, and expanding theme park resorts are beginning to do so in Europe and the Middle East.

Most days I visit Disneyland, skip waiting for the tram to get back to the garage, and sabotage it. I hope Disneyland still gives us that option. Even though walking sometimes ends up taking longer than waiting for a tram to return to the parking lot, just avoiding one more queue at the end of the day can feel like a blessed relief.

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Will Disneyland allow customers to walk out of the parking lots instead of taking a streetcar?

Disneyland has started work on its new car park, which will be installed on the site of the old Pinocchio car park. As part of the site preparation work, Disneyland moved its security check and tram loading stations to the lower level of the Mickey and Friends parking structure. This is the latest of what appears to be endless change at Disneyland, as the resort gears up for the opening of its ‘Star Wars’ land next year and the addition of a fourth hotel shortly. after.

But the main question fans asked me after the tram station change had nothing to do with these upcoming additions to the station. People want to know if they can still walk between the parking lot and the parks.

For now you can, although it’s best to skip the escalators and just use the middle stairwell on the south side of the garage that joins the walking path. Having this option remains important for many Disneyland fans, as the ability to travel alone can take much of the pressure off a busy day at the parks.

The fact that Disneyland is within walking distance is the main reason I prefer Anaheim Park to its bigger and more popular sibling, Walt Disney World in Florida. It’s nice not to have to get in a car or wait for a bus or tram every time you want to go from park to park or to a hotel like you do in Florida.

Walt Disney wanted to put a lot of space between its development in Florida and all the surrounding motels and restaurants, like the ones that blocked Harbor Boulevard next to Disneyland in California. But that ultimately left Walt Disney World with a sprawling mess, where fans can spend a good chunk of their vacation lining up for buses or at parking lot toll booths as they try to navigate the resort.

Many visitors to the Disneyland Resort end up parking in the Mickey and Friends parking lot, which can park nearly 10,000 cars. From there, visitors can take a streetcar that will drop them off near the entrance to the resort’s theme parks, Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure, though some guests prefer to walk. (File photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register / SCNG)

Theme park fans endure enough waiting in line as it does. Forcing everyone at Mickey and Friends to get on the streetcars instead of letting some of us avoid them while walking would make the wait for those streetcars even longer than they often are now. Nobody wants that.

The cheapest and most environmentally friendly transportation option for getting around a community is almost always walking. But designers need to create communities that make walking possible. Too many communities are built on the assumption that everyone will always use their car to get around, even for absurdly short trips. This reflection leaves every store, every restaurant an island in a sea of ​​asphalt, increasing the space between destinations and making walking to get around impractical or impossible.

Theme parks should be ideal communities, so ensuring that enjoyable and efficient walking routes are part of their planning should be a design requirement. It is therefore necessary to keep the destinations sufficiently close to each other to make walking an attractive alternative. It’s just a more efficient way to plan. Why spread things out, occupy expensive land, and force yourself to spend money on huge transportation systems? The Disney World model just doesn’t fit in the 21st century.

Many of us want more pedestrian communities now. Disney has done a pretty good job with this so far in Anaheim, as Universal has done in Orlando and the expanding theme parks are starting to do in Europe and the Middle East.

Most of the time I visit Disneyland, I skip the wait for the tram to go back to the garage and I take it. I hope Disneyland still gives us that option. While walking sometimes ends up talking longer than waiting for a tram to return to the parking lot, skipping one more line at the end of the day can be a blessed relief.

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Permanent suicide fencing will be installed on Ann Arbor parking structures

To deter suicides by jumping or falling from parking structures in Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority is further committed to building more permanent fencing on the roofs of parking structures in the city. Installation of the fencing began last fall when city officials noticed a pattern of suicide attempts or completed suicides by individuals jumping or falling from garages over the past three years.

Between November 2015 and December 2016, three people died and two were injured after falling or jumping from city parking lots. Further incidents occurred in September and October 2017, when two men fell from parking structures at South Fourth Avenue and East William Street. These deaths were considered suicides.

The project will be funded by fees charged to those who park their vehicles at city structures. The DDA board determined at a meeting last week that bids will be due by Jan. 16 and work should be underway by the end of the month.

City Council Member Kirk Westphal, D-Ward 2, described the importance of having the fence installed in the first place to help deter individuals from ending their lives.

“As council members, our first priority is public safety,” Westphal said. “As an urgent need for public safety, the advice we’ve gotten from mental health experts is that, while not foolproof, this temporary fence was a prudent strategy to help interrupt some people’s resolve. to commit suicide.”

According to Susan Pollay, executive director of the DDA, temporary fencing was installed on the garages when the bid for the project cost $1 million more than expected. Contractor availability was also low during this time, resulting in more expensive estimates. As a result, the DDA Board approved a slice of chain link fencing on the structures rather than more permanent materials.

Pollay said city administrators hope to add fencing at other levels in parking structures, not just rooftops. She also said it was important to install the fences to better meet the needs of Ann Arbor residents.

“Perhaps it’s more important to focus on the needs of people in our community that aren’t being met,” Pollay said.

Some garages, like the Maynard structure, are already fenced. Pollay told the Daily in October that the structures that will be prioritized include the roof of the Fourth and Williams Streets structure – at the top of the list due to its sheer size – followed by the Ann and Ashley Streets structure, the structure of Fourth and Washington, the Maynard Structure, the Liberty Square Structure, and the Forest Avenue Structure. The DDA will also pursue other tactics such as signage and structure management.

After the deaths last September and October, city officials decided to take action on the temporary fencing. Matt Lige, a lieutenant with the Ann Arbor Police Department, was one such official who expressed initial frustration.

“I am frustrated with the volume of deaths in parking lots in the city of Ann Arbor,” he said at the scene of the October fatal fall. “I think it’s safe to say we’re all frustrated.”

The city also installed signage with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s phone number and other information about psychiatric services to deter individuals from committing suicide.

Structures owned by the University of Michigan do not have the same obstacles as structures owned by the city.

In an email interview, Stephen Dolen, the university’s executive director of logistics, transportation and parking, said options are currently being evaluated to implement similar deterrent methods to structures. parking lot belonging to the university.

“The Logistics, Transportation and Parking unit has worked with parking consultants to assess options, review the effectiveness, operational considerations and costs of adding certain types of additional preventative measures and this continues to be a current topic of discussion,” Dolen wrote.

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Permanent anti-suicide fencing will be installed on Ann Arbor parking structures

To deter suicides by jumping or falling from Ann Arbor parking lots, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority is further committing to building more permanent fences on the roofs of city parking lots. Installation of the fences began last fall when city officials noticed a pattern of attempted or successful suicides by individuals jumping or falling from garages over the past three years.

Between November 2015 and December 2016, three people died and two were injured after falling or jumping from parking lots in the city. Further incidents occurred in September and October 2017, when two men fell from parking lots on South Fourth Avenue and East William Street. These deaths have been classified as suicides.

The project will be financed by fees charged to those who park their vehicles in the structures of the city. The DDA board determined at a meeting last week that bids will be due Jan. 16 and work is expected to be underway by the end of the month.

City council member Kirk Westphal, D-Ward 2, described the importance of installing the fence in the first place to help deter individuals from ending their own lives.

“As board members, our first priority is public safety,” Westphal said. “As an urgent public safety need, the opinion we got from mental health experts is that, while not foolproof, this temporary fence was a prudent strategy to help interrupt some people’s resolve. to commit suicide. “

According to Susan Pollay, executive director of DDA, temporary fences were put up on garages when the bid for the project cost $ 1 million more than expected. The availability of the contractor was also low during this period, which led to more expensive estimates. As a result, the DDA board approved the installation of chain link fencing over structures rather than more permanent materials.

Pollay said city administrators hope to add fencing at other levels in parking structures, not just on rooftops. She also said that it is important to install the fences to better meet the needs of the residents of Ann Arbor.

“Perhaps it’s more important to focus on the needs of people in our community who are not being met,” Pollay said.

Some garages, like the Maynard structure, are already fitted with fences. Pollay told the Daily in October that the structures that will be prioritized include the roof of the Fourth and Williams Street structure – at the top of the list because of its size – followed by the Ann and Ashley Street structure, the Fourth Street structure. and Washington, the Maynard Structure, the Liberty Square Structure and the Forest Avenue Structure. The DDA will also pursue other tactics such as signage and management of structures.

After the deaths last September and October, city officials decided to take action against the temporary fences. Matt Lige, a lieutenant with the Ann Arbor Police Department, was one of those officials who expressed his initial frustration.

“I am frustrated with the volume of deaths in parking lots in the city of Ann Arbor,” he said at the scene of the deadly October fall. “I think it’s safe to say we’re all frustrated.”

The city has also installed signage with the telephone number of the National Lifeline for Suicide Prevention and other information on psychiatric services to deter individuals from committing suicide.

The structures owned by the University of Michigan do not have the same barriers as the structures owned by the city.

In an email interview, Stephen Dolen, the university’s executive director of logistics, transportation and parking, said options are currently being assessed to implement deterrent methods similar to structures. parking lot belonging to the university.

“The Logistics, Transportation and Parking unit worked with parking consultants to assess options, review the efficiency, operational considerations and costs of adding certain types of additional preventative measures and this continues to be a current topic of discussion, ”Dolen wrote.

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Innovative floor seal solutions for parking structures

Do you notice the vibrations and noise as you walk through floor joints in one Parking Garage? In addition to these, traditional metal edged, mechanical motion joint systems have clear limits when the joint line and widths are variable or complex within parking structures. In addition, the sealing function for a gasket sealing system is very often a problem here. Floor joints in parking lot decks are really a major challenge both in new construction and in the renovation of existing structures.

Sika® FloorJoint PD and Sika® FloorJoint PDRS Prefabricated panel systems are the right solution for all these problems with their beautiful smooth appearance and noise and vibration reduction ability. These prefabricated carbon fiber reinforced polymer concrete panels fit seamlessly and virtually invisibly into the Floor sealjoints and with resin coating systems and adjacent flooring. They are also ideally suited in difficult areas such as ramps.

The waterproofing of a floor joint is one of the key factors in the durability of the floor. When combined with Sikadur® Combiflex® SG sealing systems, these Sika® FloorJoint panel systems offer 100% waterproof movement joints.

How durable are tSika® FloorJoint panel systems? the STUVA The Cologne testing institute has special test equipment to simulate nearly 300,000 vehicles overtaking at 50 km / h, by truck tires weighing 10 tonnes. This test is far too severe to simulate a car park environment, but even when tested under these harsh conditions, Sika® FloorJoint PD and Sika® FloorJoint PDRS performed best and remained completely intact.

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A crowded Laguna is considering parking structures – but would they benefit tourists or residents?

Eyebrows are raised and interest usually stings when the words “parking structure” are mentioned in Laguna Beach.

As Laguna looks for ways to manage the crowds of motorists flooding the city, the city council on Tuesday left open the possibility of one or more parking structures being placed in town to capture cars.

In a unanimous vote, the council ordered the city to further investigate four potential sites and discuss with the California Coastal Commission ways to help residents find parking in neighborhoods where cars frequently line. one or both sides of streets.

One topic could be setting time limits in certain high traffic areas so that residents can find parking closer to their homes or apartments without hampering the public’s ability to access beaches or parks, the latter being the one of the objectives of the commission for the cities of the State.

Some residents arrived at the meeting dismayed that the city is considering such projects.

Do you remember 2013?

In November of that year, the council, at the suggestion of then-Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, thwarted a proposed multi-storey structure on the site of the entrance to the village near the intersection of Forest Avenue and of Broadway Street after a wave of community opposition.

The content of Tuesday’s discussion was not so different from the talks four years ago.

Some residents claimed that a parking structure would invite more visitors to the city.

“When I saw [the staff report] on Sunday, I was absolutely horrified at the idea of ​​building facilities to bring more cars and more people to this town,” said Verna Rollinger, a resident and former Laguna city worker. “It’s contrary to everything the locals feel. The pressure of [millions of visitors] we have is already horrible.

Resident John Thomas said the cost burden should be placed on tourists.

“It doesn’t make sense for residents to buy a visitor parking structure,” Thomas said. “It seems that these spaces are mainly for visitors and businesses. If commercial owners want structure, it looks like they should pay for it.

The city has received inquiries from property owners about public-private partnerships and possible parking options when developing their land, City Manager John Pietig told council.

The city examined eight sites, some of which it owns and some of which are private. The Laguna Hotel expressed interest after the staff report was released, Public Works Director Shohreh Dupuis told the council.

These sites were: the Act V lot – for underground or surface parking – at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road; the Glenneyre parking structure at 501 Glenneyre Street; the Laguna Art-A-Fair site at 777 Laguna Canyon Road; the development of Heisler’s Landing at 331 to 397 North Coast Highway; Cleo Street on the Holiday Inn site at 696 S. Coast Hwy.; Las Brisas in the 200 block of the North Coast Highway; Cliff Drive; and the lots at 361–363 Third Street, which include properties owned by the Laguna Presbyterian Church.

City staff recommended four sites for further study based on a few factors, including proximity to downtown, potential parking spaces, cost, and opportunities for joint development.

Information on development projects was not included in the city staff report.

The four locations are: 777 Laguna Canyon Road, which would yield an additional 330 spaces, most of any proposed structure; 361 to 363 Third Street, which would provide 53 spaces; 696 S. Coast Hwy., the Cleo structure, which would provide 161 spaces; and 331 to 397 North Coast Highway, which would provide 95 spaces.

The estimated cost for a structure at 777 Laguna Canyon Road is $20 million to $25 million, and $5 million for the Third Street option, according to the report.

Resident Tom Halliday suggested the city consider part of the pavilion site parking lot in North Laguna as a potential area for a structure.

Councilor Bob Whalen recommended that city staff meet with Coast Commission staff to discuss options with Coast Commission staff.

“The statement, ‘Build it and they will come,’ is an easy statement to get out of the language, but they’re already here and we’re not dealing with them,” Whalen said.

“Go to [commissioners] directly and say: “We want to build parking lots around the city in strategic places” and impose restrictions on neighborhood parking.

“Parking structure or no parking structure, we’re going to be criticized,” Mayor Toni Iseman said, suggesting that development projects in inland towns are attracting more people who want to visit Laguna Beach in turn. “I can understand raising your hand and saying no, but I think we’re doing our residents a disservice if we see these things as necessarily for visitors. I think we have to look at these things as for residents.

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Corrosion treatment of parking lot reinforcements

All images are courtesy of Hoffman Architects Inc.

by Steven J. Susca, PE
Parking garages are an integral part of the infrastructure of our country. Although they are prone to more deterioration than other types of buildings, their maintenance is generally not considered to be of primary importance to building owners or managers, who are often forced to prioritize problems. high profile facade or roof leaks. Yet deferred maintenance ultimately means costly repairs. One of the main problems associated with the deterioration of parking structures is the corrosion of built-in reinforcements.

Structural concrete used in parking structures is reinforced with steel rebars, which are embedded in the concrete to improve resistance to tensile and compressive stresses. Normally, the surrounding concrete protects this embedded steel from the corrosive effects of water and salts dissolved in the environment. However, breaches in concrete due to cracks, defects, thin covering, or poor consolidation of the concrete can allow the steel reinforcement to come into prolonged contact with corrosive elements. As steel corrodes, it expands, leading to further damage to the concrete, more water infiltration, and further corrosion in a self-sustaining cycle of deterioration. If not stopped early, the gradual nature of cracking and corrosion can eventually lead to a hazardous structure.

Fortunately, there are preventative measures that building owners, managers and designers can take to protect against the onset of this corrosion. For garages already showing signs of corrosion, various treatment options can stop the cycle of damage and restore structural integrity. Good design and construction practices are essential to preventing reinforcement corrosion, as are products and materials that help prevent corrosive elements from reaching flooded steel. The creation of favorable conditions which can overcome the electrochemical reactions inducing corrosion can also be of great help.

By identifying early signs of rebar corrosion and reacting quickly, building owners and managers can avoid or mitigate the costly and time-consuming repairs that typically result from uncontrolled deterioration of parking structures. (The rate at which deterioration progresses will accelerate over time.)

Corrosion of embedded steel reinforcement is one of the main causes of premature deterioration of parking lots, like the one pictured above.

How Corrosion Works
When steel is exposed to the acidic environment created by dissolved chloride salts and water, the effect is that of a giant battery. As oxygen diffuses through concrete, it reacts with water to form hydroxide ions on the surface of the steel, creating the cathode (that is to say negative pole of the battery).

To maintain electrical neutrality, an anode is formed through an oxidation reaction where positively charged iron ions migrate away from the rebar, leaving electrons behind and forming a pit in the steel. Iron ions travel to the cathode by means of an electrolyte solution in the pore structure of the concrete (usually composed of chloride salts dissolved in water). The remaining negatively charged electrons then travel along the bar to the cathode where the aforementioned hydroxide ions are formed by a reduction reaction.

Under the acidic conditions of the saline solution, the ferrous ions initially lost from the steel recombine with the hydroxide ions at the cathode to form hydrated ferric oxide (that is to say rust), which is deposited at the interface between the steel and the surrounding concrete. Without the presence of the electrolytic solution in the concrete, this reaction cannot occur.

As steel corrodes, it expands to eight times its original volume. The expansion forces cause extreme pressures in the concrete, which are eventually relieved when the concrete cracks. In turn, these cracks admit more water and chloride salts, speeding up the corrosion process, which leads to more cracks, and then more corrosion, in a gradual cycle of damage. Over time, the cumulative process reduces the cross section of the reinforcing steel, compromising the structural integrity of the parking structure.

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Safe parking structures mitigate safety risks

Over the past 10 years, many hospitals have made a significant investment in improving safety in and around the perimeter of their facilities.

The protection of patients, staff and visitors has become increasingly important to ensure patient confidentiality, protection against infant abduction and to ensure a safe overall environment. Stricter rules and regulations require healthcare facilities to lock up and provide an audit trail of those with access to prescription drugs.

The desire to ensure better safety and security in healthcare facilities also extends to the off-wall areas, sidewalks and outdoor gardens that are part of these campuses to include the parking areas used daily by employees and visitors.

Securing remote areas

While many hospitals currently have large parking complexes containing multiple levels of parking supported and protected by an extended parking barrier entry and monitoring system, the deployment of these types of solutions in remote and outdoor parking lots. can become a challenge.

Unlike a retail environment, which has an opening and closing time and a parking lot that empties at night, hospital parking lots are generally full 24 hours a day. Not only do employees walk to these parking lots at all times. time of day and night, which means their safety must be protected, but it is also important to monitor parking lots and their surroundings to deter vandalism and vehicle theft.

Infrastructure challenges

In remote lots, the lack of a power source or fiber access can make it very difficult to deploy a surveillance system that can be actively and continuously monitored. As many large hospitals already operate their own command centers to monitor their security, it is important to integrate parking lot monitoring into the hospital’s existing security system.

In some cases, the remote parking lot may be a half mile from the main campus, according to Craig Lerman, president and CEO of LTW, a systems integrator in Pine Brook, NJ, which can make this type of project a bit more difficult.

“Installing fiber optic to the parking lot from the hospital can be expensive and it can take a long time to get there, especially if you need to get right of way approval on multiple properties,” Lerman said. “We regularly deploy wireless solutions to overcome these barriers. “

Wireless parking lot monitoring options

If fiber is not an option, due to unavailability or cost, time, and deployment interruptions, there are a few points that you should consider before implementing a wireless system. First, consider your current and future bandwidth consumption needs to ensure that you implement a system that can handle multiple video sources without compromising video quality while maintaining low latency. Second, consider all of the data traffic requirements of the link. In addition to video, the same wireless link can also carry voice and data. Therefore, Quality of Service (QOS) must be taken into account in the design process.

Millimeter Wireless (mmWave), a next-generation fiber-like data speed technology, uses RF spectra that are separated from much higher frequencies than traditional consumer wireless products and can provide reliable connectivity and sufficient bandwidth available to accommodate multiple HD cameras and even 4K cameras on a wireless CCTV network.

If you are installing cameras on existing light poles, make sure there is continuous power to the pole. When DC power is not available, a DC power bridge (CPB) is another option to consider. One of the benefits of using the Power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities of mmWave radios to power a camera is that it can help reduce installation time and the number of power supplies required.

It is also important to consider the distance between radio links or any obstacles in the way of the site line (LOS). Path interference affects network designs and could increase deployment time. For example, inclement weather can impact a radio signal, so if the radios are installed in a climatic area that receives heavy rain, this should be taken into account in the system design calculation. The same goes for obstructions. In winter the trees around a parking lot may not contain leaves, but in the spring, summer and fall the trees have full foliage, which can impact line of sight.

Surveillance network deployment options

Wireless networks that use mmWave radios to transmit data are much simpler to design and pre-installation preparation is minimized as no spectrum analysis is usually required – the only requirement is to make sure it is a direct line from the site and calculate the transmission distance. MmWave’s transmission beamwidth is very narrow, and its high-frequency, short-range propagation characteristics greatly reduce the possibility of interference in the environment from other RF systems.

“There are many factors that you need to consider when installing a wireless network monitoring system, so it is important to do a full site survey and use the path propagation tools provided or specified by. the supplier, ”Lerman said. “The initial engineering has to be correct and the wireless radio links have to be mounted properly on a very rigid pole to ensure reliability. “

Additionally, it is important to ensure that the network will not be blocked due to heavy Wi-Fi traffic or malicious intent. The narrow beam technology associated with mmWave radios means they are as difficult to intercept as fiber, eliminating the risk associated with typical wireless systems. Plus, the fact that they operate at the higher frequencies of 60, 70/80 GHz means that they are not susceptible to interference from wireless Wi-Fi.

“The surveillance system of a hospital parking lot can incorporate a variety of different security cameras, such as high-resolution cameras capable of identifying a license plate or clearly identifying an individual’s facial features. According to Rick Adams, director of security solutions. for LTW.

“Hospitals will install cameras on the roof for general surveillance purposes to see the street and a parking lot, but will also install cameras closer to the ground to capture better detail,” Adams said.

Regardless of what type of wireless security system you implement, Adams advises users to ensure that the wireless system can provide reliable connectivity and sufficient available bandwidth to accommodate future growth, as Customers are always looking to upgrade both the number of cameras and the resolution of their cameras. to include 4K and beyond.

About the Author: Alex doorduynis the Director of Business Development and Sales for Siklu Communication Ltd. A seasoned security industry professional with over 20 years of experience in the global security market, Alex has held business development, sales, product management and marketing roles with leading video surveillance companies, including Pelco and Norbain. Prior to joining Siklu, Alex was Commercial Director at Johnson Controls, leading the company’s fire and safety integration activities in Southern California. To reach Alex, send an email to [email protected]

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Stockdale targets parking structures with new joint venture

Daniel Michaels is the Managing Director of Stockdale Capital Partners

LOS ANGELES-Stockdale Capital Partners formed a joint venture with the Grosvenor Group and As parking management, car park operator, to acquire car parks in the South-West. The joint venture will focus on revenue-generating parking garages in high-traffic submarkets as well as surface parking lots in markets where supply is limited.

We really tried to focus on niche strategies that were being overlooked and which we felt had more recession resistant demand. We focused on three areas: medical practice, age-restricted multifamily, and parking,” Daniel Michaels, managing director of Stockdale Capital Partners, tells “We believe all three will outperform given where we are in the cycle today. Parking, in particular, is highly neglected, under brokerage and not owned by institutions. We believed there was a huge opportunity to find yield in this niche subset.

For the partnership, Stockdale partnered with Ace for their incredible industry knowledge. “Ace is the largest private parking company in the country, and there are really only two or three others that have the breadth and depth that they have,” Michaels says. “They have been around for several generations and we have a good working relationship with them. As we think about the possibility of buying parking lots, it’s obvious that a big part of that is understanding the parking operations themselves. We partnered with Ace to do this, and we think they have incredible knowledge. Grosvenor is a UK based family office business looking to gain exposure outside of the UK.

The joint venture will focus on the Southwest region, and Michaels says the target markets are quite diverse, from Northern California to Southern California to Arizona, Las Vegas and Houston. He estimates they will hold the assets for five to seven years, but each property’s business plan will vary. “Every asset is different, but some we can collect and create a wallet and some we can license for development,” he says. The joint venture plans to invest $100 million in these assets.

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Car & Driver: refitting of parking structures for self-service cars

OEMs are aggressively targeting the holy grail of cars that drive around with no one inside, but their efforts on more mundane functionality – likely much easier to achieve – could also radically redefine our lives.

Car & Driver released a truly fascinating feature on Monday examining how automatic parking technology like Tesla’s ‘Summon’ – available today – could eliminate the way parking needs hold city residents and residents to some degree. hostage visitors.

It could also reduce the number of bangs and dents in the doors, as well as kinks in the parking fenders, which is a shame for those focusing on cosmetic crash repairs.

“Using Summon, once you’ve got home and exited Model S or Model X, you can ask him to do the rest: open your garage door, step into your door. garage, park and turn it off. In the morning you wake up, go out the front door and call your car, ”Tesla wrote in January. “He’ll open the garage door and come and say hello.” More generally, Summon also eliminates the burden of having to squeeze in and out of tight parking spots. During this beta phase of Summon, we would like customers to familiarize themselves with it on private property. Eventually, your Tesla will be able to drive anywhere across the country to meet you, recharging itself along the way. It will sync with your calendar to know exactly when to arrive.

In February, Tesla pointed out that it could reduce collisions.

“By allowing the Model S or Model X to be remotely retrieved from a parking spot, Summon gives the driver a line of sight to the danger areas around them. At the same time, ultrasonic sensors placed around the vehicle proactively protect against any invisible or moving danger and allow the car to stop as soon as it is detected, ”Tesla wrote. “If at any point during the summoning maneuver the driver decides to stop Model S or Model X, they can do so by simply pressing the app, the remote, or a door handle. While these extra layers of safety don’t completely eliminate crashes when using semi-autonomous features like Summon, when used correctly they can reduce their occurrence compared to conventional driving.

Nashville is already considering such technology with “what is believed to be the nation’s first parking structure designed for an era where cars contain valet functions like Summon and can park and connect to wider transportation networks.” Car & Driver reported.

Experts, according to Car & Driver, believe that the parking needs of residents of American cities could be changed as early as 2 to 5 years by autonomous technology.

Self-driving cars lead to the likelihood that drop-off areas are needed for vehicle occupants in front of buildings. Once the occupants have exited the cars in a designated area, the cars can park. And if there is no need for humans to get out of parked cars, they can settle into narrower bunks that can eventually shrink from a traditional width of 9.0 feet to maybe 7.0 or even 6.5 feet wide. Squeezing vehicles into smaller spaces, in turn, saves millions of dollars for builders, homebuyers and consumers. But these are just little things

Connected cars add another dimension to autonomous capabilities. Whether private or shared vehicles, the ability to convene a ride remotely means garages may not even need to be located smack in the middle of shopping districts or close to city centers. . Garages can potentially be moved out of areas where real estate is at a premium. This not only means big changes for the parking lots, but also big changes for the areas around them.

Technically, you don’t even need a self-driving car, Car & Driver observed. Simply eliminate the minimum mandatory parking spaces for residential and commercial properties and let the free market figure it out.

A 2013 UConn Honors thesis referenced in the article examined the difference between New Haven, Connecticut, and Cambridge Mass, since Cambridge focused on parking maximums rather than minimums in 1981. Basically, Cambridge did better.

“Since 1951, the supply of off-street parking has increased by almost 400% in New Haven, while employment and residential population have declined in the city,” wrote authors Bryan Blanc and Michael Gangi in 2013. “In contrast, off-street parking supply in Cambridge has increased by about 140% since 1952, while the city’s employment and residential population have increased by 50% and 67% respectively.

Or just use existing technology like Autostadt in Germany, which parks Volkswagens for delivery to drivers in an autonomous tower, as Reuters reported in 2012.

It would have inspired the briefcase fight in a robotic parking lot at the end of “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”. (The lost fight against a battle of “Hunger Games”.)

More information:

“The parking garage of the future: a big makeover to come in the autonomous era”

Driver, July 25, 2016

“Urban parking economics and land use: a case study from New Haven, Connecticut and Cambridge, Massachusetts”

Bryan Blanc and Michael Gangi University of Connecticut honors thesis, 2013

“Improve Safety and Convenience with Summon”

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Downtown Long Beach parking structures are safer and cleaner, city report says • Long Beach Post News

After a city council request in August to continue work to improve the parking situation in the city center, an update on renovations and improvements to parking facilities showed a cleaner and safer system, as the city has increased its efforts in terms of personnel, security and maintenance.

Director of Public Works Ara Maloyan has revealed updates to downtown parking structures in recent months, including Lots A, B and C, which immediately surround the City Place shopping center. Security was extended to 24 hours a day, seven days a week instead of the previous model from Monday to Friday which only covered working hours.

Additionally, new signage, updated payment kiosks, and landscaping helped improve the exterior aesthetics of the structures, while increased staffing and cleaning schedules helped keep the interior clean.

The old pressure washing program provided for a quarterly cleaning, but has since been increased to once a month.

“This increased cleaning program is in line with the cleaning practices of the aquarium parking structure also managed by Central Parking,” said Maloyan.

Maloyan added that Central Parking, the city’s downtown lot management company, has added a “parking ambassador” to help with the customer experience, including arranging for escorting customers to their cars. during the evening hours.

“This Ambassador adds another pair of eyes and ears to the garage and looks after customers throughout the day,” said Maloyan. “The Ambassador assists customers with any issues they may have with the garage and is in frequent contact with Security at Platt, who patrols the garages.

The updates and improvements were initiated by a request for an initial study by council members in November 2014. First District Councilor Lena Gonzalez was joined by co-author Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal , to request the study and subsequent follow-up, delivered Tuesday evening.

Gonzalez applauded efforts to improve the downtown parking experience, including the recent incorporation of the city’s website to include information on lot locations, parking rates, and access to purchase. monthly permits. She said the city should always focus on marketing and making it known that downtown parking does exist.

“As a First city councilor and working in the neighborhood for six years, people will say ‘there is no parking in the city center’,” Gonzalez said. “I keep telling them that there is parking in the city center, you just have to pay for it in some cases.”

Funding for the improvements comes from a variety of sources, including excess meter revenue from newly installed smart meters downtown. City Council voted in December 2014 to allocate any excess meter revenue for the first two years to capital improvement projects for downtown parking improvements. So far, these revenues have provided approximately $ 70,000 in funds to pay for improvements, half of which would have been spent to pay for improvements already made.

It is estimated that the revenue generated by the parking garages themselves will offset the increased security and maintenance costs, but future capital investments may require the city council to allocate further funds to help finance them. Future lot improvements, including the inclusion of LED lighting, cameras, surface repairs and additional paint, are expected to cost over $ 500,000 per parking structure.

The city has partnered with key facility users like Molina Heathcare and others like Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) to assess future needs in the improvement process. DLBA President and CEO Kraig Kojian said that over the past decade the dynamics of the parking situation have grown from just enough space to now ensuring an appropriate experience for the customer. Like Gonzalez, Kojian said the completed work is a good start, but more can be done to improve parking downtown.

“Vice Mayor, you might remember we moved this conversation to downtown parking from a lack of inventory 10 years ago, to now it’s more about the customer experience. ”Said Kojian. “It’s about marketing the asset that we have, it’s the first and last experience a customer can have when entering our downtown area. And for us, it is very, very important.

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7 Swing Parking Structures – Interior Design

Mostly sloppy solutions to a basic need, parking structures don’t get a reputation for being a thing of beauty. The good news is that a few architects are upping the ante, determined to make the ugly parking lot a thing of the past. The seven parking solutions here include a hospital garage that never looks alike, a house with a stunning gated parking lot that speaks to its architectural language, a tennis court that hides a Batcave-worthy car collection, and a facade diamond-shaped openings spreading the light like a lantern.

1. Company: Elliott Associates Architects

Project: Parking lot 4 for Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Location: Oklahoma City

Stand out: The fourth in a series of peerless car parks for Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Car Park 4 conceals nearly 1,500 parking spaces within a striking structure defined by colored tube lighting and aluminum extrusions. The white aluminum trellis seems to shift as you pass it, while a veil of aluminum stretched over structural concrete becomes a play of light and shadow. The entrance gates are distinguished by cheerful yellow. On the roof, cold cathode lighting illuminates structural columns rising to form an atrium colonnade, with a magenta glow visible for miles.

2. Company: Vardastudio

Project: Residence Desi

Location: Tala, Cyprus

Stand out: Surrounding a parking area, vertical wooden louvers provide shade and security to this hilltop home, in stark contrast to the whitewashed concrete bulk of the living space. Instead of a bulky addition, the parking area becomes essential to the language of the structure, which slopes down to soak up panoramic sea views to the south.

3. Company:
Urban Studio

Project: Covered parking for Eskenazi Hospital

Location: Indianapolis

Stand out: A field of 7,000 angled metal panels with an east/west color scheme creates a dynamic facade system for the Eskenazi Hospital car park. Painted a deep blue on one side and golden yellow on the other, the metal panels vary in size and angle, and appear to shift and change color and transparency depending on the angle of the viewer. The result: a dramatic canvas that never looks quite the same.

4. Companies: Pohl Rosa Pohl (facade); Walter P. Moore (structural renovation)

Project: Garage Helix

Location: Lexington, Kentucky

Stand out: Instead of demolishing this 1966 building, long considered an eyesore, local architectural firm Pohl Rosa Pohl designed a new facade based on a system of suspended, perforated steel panels. Each of the three layers has a different panel shape, with the two inner layers playing off the outer layer. At night is when the faceplate really comes to life, with the LED backlight changing color to display a theatrical light show. The LEDs can also be programmed for colors suitable for local events and holidays.

5. Companies: IwamotoScott Architecture with Leong Leong and artist John Baldessari

Project: Garage with city view

Location: Miami

Stand out: Challenged to create a ventilated parking structure without air conditioning for a mixed-use building that also included office and commercial space, IwamotoScott Architecture wrapped the main corner of the garage with a digitally fabricated metal screen. Folded aluminum modules create diamond-shaped openings for air. At night, the light spreads with a lantern-like glow.

6. Company: Molecule

Project: Wayne Residence

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Stand out: A traditional-style brick house hides a stylish parking area, suitable for a superhero, according to the architects, under a grass cover installed in the tennis court. Ceramic floor tiles and an illuminated ceiling grid create a Batcave-worthy backdrop for the owner’s car collection.

7. Company:
5468796 Architecture

Project: youCUBE

Location: Winnipeg, Canada

Stand out: Sometimes the best parking design is the one you can’t see. In this 18-unit development, vehicle access and parking for residents are discreetly integrated into a shared plaza—Poured concrete level that raises the wooden frame residences one floor above the ground. The construction of the plaza also allows for pockets of green space and small patios.

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Stanford car parks are changing their names

By the end of August, the names of on-campus parking garages will reflect their location – a nearby street, lot, building or center – to make them easier to find on maps and on the campus.


Stanford is adopting location names for nine parking structures — such as Roth Way Garage, Wilbur Field Garage, and Knight Management Center Garage — to make them easier to find on maps and on campus.

The new names will appear by the end of August on the searchable map of the Stanford campus and on the new edition of the downloadable Stanford University parking and traffic map.

The new names will replace the existing system of identifying parking structures with numbers.

The change will affect nine campus parking structures, including one under construction.

David Lenox, director of the university’s campus architecture and design office, said Stanford historically numbered garages in order – Parking Structure 1, 2, 3, etc. – according to the order in which they were designed and built.

“Unfortunately, for a visitor, it’s not obvious, for example, why parking structure 5 and parking structure 6 are on opposite sides of campus,” Lenox said, adding that the parking structure parking lot 3 was demolished as part of the construction of the new Stanford Hospital. project, and that there was never a garage called Parking Structure 8.

The current and new names of the garages are as follows.

  • Parking Structure 1, located at Roth Way and Campus Drive West next to the new McMurtry Building for the Department of Art and Art History, will become Roth Way Garage.
  • Parking Structure 2, located at the intersection of Via Ortega and Panama Street near the Science and Engineering Quad, will become the Via Ortega Garage.
  • Parking Structure 4, an underground garage located on Pasteur Drive in the Stanford Medicine complex, will become Pasteur Visitor Garage A.
  • Parking Structure 5, located at Oak Road and Stock Farm Road, will become Stock Farm Garage.
  • Parking Structure 6, an underground garage located on Campus Drive East near the Munger Graduate Residence, will become Wilbur Field Garage.
  • Parking Structure 7, an underground garage on Campus Drive East at the Graduate School of Business, will become Knight Management Center Garage.
  • Parking Structure 9, located near the Stanford Family Practice Clinic at the Hoover Pavilion on Quarry Road and Palo Road, will become the Hoover Pavilion Garage.
  • Parking Structure 10, an underground parking garage under construction on Santa Teresa Street on the west side of campus, will become Roble Field Garage.
  • The existing garage at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, located at 725 Welch Road, will become the main garage for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

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Flexible parking structures as civic enablers | News


The flexible parking structure is located next to a colonnade under the adjacent Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) commuter rail line, which would be transformed into a pedestrian spine in the heart of downtown Rockville Center. (via; Image: Useful Inc.)

First, parking structures should be used for longer periods of the day and for different purposes, both public and private. […]

Second, parking structures must be designed as flexible structures that can accommodate transitions from parking alone to a variety of other uses as parking ratios decline with mixed-use development and increased use of shared parking facilities and public transportation. —

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