Today’s parking facilities are becoming “intelligent” structures with the introduction of new technologies. These systems have been more widely used in Europe, Asia and South America, but with density increasing in the U.S. owners and operators are considering newer technologies to aid in responding to parking demands.
What are intelligent parking structures? They are facilities that utilize technologies that reduce parking requirements, improve operations and enhance the patron’s experience. Walter P Moore has the knowledge and experience to assist owners and operators in applying these smart technologies.
Parking Guidance Systems - A parking guidance system is an automatic electronic system which presents updated information to drivers entering a parking area to direct them to available parking spots, ease congestion and save the driver time. Systems can include simple signals, such as a meter indicating the number of free spots, or more advanced guidance systems that use lights to direct each driver to the most convenient available spot
Automated Parking System - An automated parking system (APS) is a mechanical system designed to minimize the area and/or volume required for parking cars. Like a multi-story parking garage, an APS provides parking for cars on multiple levels, stacked vertically to maximize the number of parking spaces while minimizing land usage. Rather than employing attendants to transport cars, an APS utilizes a mechanical system to move cars to and from parking spaces. By using this system, the space required for a traditional multi-story garage is reduces substantially.
Automated Valet Systems – An automated valet system combines software and hardware components that minimize valet recovery and wait times for the patron. Typically this system works in conjunction with the parking equipment, valet operator and facility.
When designing a new or renovating an existing garage, there are three primary stakeholders that need to be considered: owner, operator and patron. Each stakeholder has individual requirements, expectations and goals that need to be addressed. Because we understand them, we work to design intelligent parking garages that meet the owner, operator and patron’s needs now and in the future.
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For this upscale, mixed-use development located on a high density site in Uptown Houston, the owner wanted to provide its patrons with a higher level of service; however, they wanted to build less parking spaces while still meeting parking demand during peak hours. Through a shared-use analysis, Walter P Moore was able to show the owner parking needs could be reduced by using a parking guidance system. For the operator, this provided a more streamlined operation and required less staff. For the patron, they were provided a high level of service and saved time because they didn’t have to search for a parking space.
Upon completion Torre Reforma will be the largest office building in Latin America. Because of the high density in Mexico City and limited availability of land, the owner needed to minimize the space allocated to parking. Dedicating a portion of the garage to an automated parking system (APS) allowed the owner to reduce space for parking. Located on the lower level, patrons drop off their vehicles to be parked by the APS and they retrieve their vehicles on ground level. The APS allowed the owner to provide a higher level of service to its patrons and minimize parking requirements. For the operator, they have a streamlined parking operation and it simplifies vehicle usage and dwell time. For the patron, they reduced the amount of time parking and experienced a higher level of service.
This 1,300,000 SF hospital provides a full continuum of healthcare for women. In addition to the four-level below grade, self-parking garage, the hospital was committed to providing a high level of valet service to its patients and their families (patrons). The automated valet system software minimizes recovery and wait time allowing the operator a more streamlined operation. The software also simplifies vehicle tracking and dwell time. For the hospital’s patrons, the service level is higher than many valet operations because wait times are substantially reduced.